The Barracuda Web Security Gateway provides extremely granular control over Web 2.0 sites and applications. Administrators can also configure the Barracuda Web Security Gateway to archive outbound social media communications, like Facebook posts, tweets, and web-based email to a message archiving solution, such as the Barracuda Message Archiver. These messages can be indexed and then mined for forensic analysis.
- Improve productivity by blocking access to Facebook games or Facebook chat while allowing access to other Facebook features.
- Restrict access to the “Jobs” section of business networks like LinkedIn to selected groups within the organization.
- Provide safe access to educational videos on YouTube.
- Avoid data leaks, prevent cyberbullying, enforce compliance, and improve auditability by monitoring outbound social media communications for sensitive content and creating forensic reports.
- Prevent data leaks and malware infections by inspecting SSL transactions to untrusted websites while maintaining confidentiality.
Granular Web 2.0 Application ControlFrom its inception, the Barracuda Web Security Gateway combined basic policy controls with Layer 7 protocol analysis to regulate a variety of bandwidth-intensive applications. This includes public IM clients, streaming media applications, Skype P2P file-sharing applications like BitTorrent, and several others. This allows administrators to optimize bandwidth usage by only allowing mission-critical applications in the workplace.
In addition, the Barracuda Web Security Gateway provides the ability to regulate the use of social media and other web-based applications. This includes applications and actions available through sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. For example, an administrator can allow access to Facebook but block Facebook email, Facebook chat, and Facebook games, or prevent data leaks by blocking Facebook comments. This level of granularity allows organizations to provide mission-critical access to Web 2.0 sites while restricting non-productive actions and applications.
Better Visibility with Web Application Monitoring
The Barracuda Web Security Gateway provides a unique set of turnkey capabilities to monitor social media communications from portals such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. The Barracuda Web Security Gateway can inspect and catalog outbound content and forward it to an external message archiver, such as the Barracuda Message Archiver. These messages can be tied to the user’s Active Directory credentials and fully indexed, making them as easy to search as Exchange email messages. This ensures that social media communications from corporate networks are always available for access and retrieval for eDiscovery and audits. It also allows the creation of alerts for proactive monitoring.
Proactive Alerts for Suspicious Activities
Safe Access to Educational Videos
Advanced Protection Through SSL Inspection
This is a double-edged sword. While SSL encryption ensures that your online banking transactions are confidential, it also makes it difficult to inspect the traffic from a security perspective. While traditional web content security systems are good at inspecting HTTP traffic, HTTPS transactions can be used to bypass company Internet usage policies or sometimes act as a channel to spread malware. For example, a user could leak sensitive content over HTTPS transactions on Facebook.
The Barracuda Web Security Gateway provides the ability to filter as well as inspect SSL-encrypted traffic. While basic URL filtering policies will apply to all HTTPS requests, administrators can specify domains and URL categories for which SSL-encrypted traffic will be decrypted, scanned for policy and malware, then re-encrypted to the destination when deemed safe. This selective SSL inspection ensures the integrity of confidential transactions like those to banking sites, while scanning HTTPS content that might be malicious.