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"The solution offers multiple security features. There are machine learning features and great URL encryption. It also offers multi-protocol support against DDoS attacks.""The stability of the solution is good. I don't think we've experienced bugs, crashes, or glitches.""Its recommendation about the probabilities on the website is great. It also has free probability managers for the website, which is really helpful. The protection engine, signature-based protection behavior, and analysis features are also great. It also has an ATP module for sandbox scanning and behavior analysis for file uploads.""Even when we were upgrading to a new OS, we didn't have any difficulties with the product. The stability is good.""We use Barracuda to protect the application. That's the main feature we use it for.""Our customers value the solution's simplicity.""The solution has been quite stable. It's reliable.""You don't need help from Barracuda to help with the deployment. The deployment is easy."

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"The valuable features vary from customers to customers. Some customers are okay with the basic features of the WAF, and some customers use advanced WAF with a few other features.""In terms of F5 Advanced WAF's most valuable features, I would definitely say its stability. F5 is one the most stable products. Either as the load balancer or the web application firewall, it is very stable.""The most valuable feature is that it is secure.""Good technology for mitigating different application attacks, e.g. DDoS, DNS, and layer seven attacks.""We can monitor IP locations, but we have constraints from each country. It has a replication feature. Licenses can be shared, taking turns with each license.""Good dashboard and reporting.""One of the most valuable features is the Local Traffic Manager.""Feature-wise, they are always cutting edge and up-to-date. Many features aren't available via competitors. There's always a lot of enhanced critical features that just aren't available through anyone else, or, if they are, are too lightweight."

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"They could improve their performance, support, and their upgrades. Their updates used to be good. Their improvements were right on the money but nowadays, the updates are minor.""We've had some blocks of the application and some false positives.""The reporting aspect of the solution needs improvement. I don't find that it's very good. They could do some work on it to make it much better. It's not that the reporting isn't secure. It's just that I would prefer to store my reports for an extended period of time. Right now, that's not possible and I'd prefer it if that could change. I also would say that the reports themselves are expensive.""While the UI is good, it can get a little bit complicated.""As most people are aware, the implementation is not easy.""Its interface can be better. It is not very friendly.""It would be better if their updates would be released annually.""I have found F5 more stable than Barracuda Web Application Firewall. They should improve the stability."

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"There is a learning curve that extends the time of implementation.""There is a gap in report management.""The interface is old-looking, it's not modern, which is why it's not always comfortable to use.""The contextual-based component needs a lot of help to catch up with the next-gen products.""I would say their graphical interface, the GUI. I don't like the GUI as much as before.""The Sandbox integration feature could be improved.""We usually use a third-party tool for logging and reporting. It would be nice if we could do that right on this solution. They have one, but it's not very stable. Logging and reporting effectively would be a big enhancement.""I would like to see a better interface and better documentation compatibility with other products. It's more complicated with OWASP."

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  • "The price of the solution is a little expensive. There is a license for this solution and it can be purchased every one, two, or five years."
  • "While I would have to check on the price of the solution, I feel it to be okay and it matches the market price."
  • "The price is reasonable, more so than other products."
  • "They only offer a yearly licensing plan."
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  • "It's more expensive than other solutions and depending on the modules, there can be additional fees."
  • "F5 bundles up services and the bundle is what you pay for rather than individual components."
  • "Its price is fair. We have done a couple of deals where they were able to give some kind of discount to the customers. The price was initially high for the customers, but after a couple of negotiations, it came within their budget. They were happy with that."
  • "There are various plans available for Fortinet FortiWeb Cloud WAF as a Service, including a trial version."
  • "It is expensive. Its price should be better. Its licensing is on a yearly basis. Its licensing is also based on the model. There are no additional costs."
  • "I don't have any issue with the pricing of this solution."
  • "There is an annual subscription for this solution."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable when compared with other products, such as FortiWeb. I am very satisfied with the price."
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    Questions from the Community
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    We are using the Barracuda Web Application Firewall for website content and front-end web application protection.
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    One of the most valuable features is the Local Traffic Manager.
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    The Sandbox integration feature could be improved.
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    Overview

    Barracuda Web Application Firewall is a game-changing cloud-connected security solution that enables organizations to safeguard both their applications and their data from an ever-growing array of advanced cyber threats. It offers protection from cyber attacks that target not only data and applications stored on the cloud but also those that are housed on web servers. 43% of the time a breach takes place via a compromised application. Barracuda Web Application Firewall prevents these types of breaches from occurring.

    Barracuda Web Application Firewall denies hackers the ability to penetrate your system by using a number of techniques to keep your organization safely insulated. The first method of protection consists of two parts. The first part involves a thorough scanning of all inbound web traffic. This solution monitors everything that comes into the system. It employs IP reputation intelligence, which filters all incoming data. If the source of the data has a bad reputation, it is blocked by the firewall. Administrators now have a way of locking out many common threats that could otherwise compromise sensitive networks. These scans can also allow administrators to protect their systems from within as DLP (Data Loss Prevention) protocols. If any sensitive data attempts to leave, administrators will automatically be alerted and the data will be blocked from exiting.

    Barracuda Web Application Firewall can also be set up to apply the AAA (Authentication, Authorization & Accounting) framework to an organization’s network. If an intruder manages to get past the authentication stage, the authorization protocols kick in. After the authorization stage comes accounting, which works by tracking and logging users’ activities so that administrators will be in a position to prevent long-term damage from being done. This three-step process can be implemented without requiring administrators to make changes to their applications.

    Key Features

    Some of Barracuda Web Application Firewall’s key features include:

    • The ability to employ adaptive profiling. Administrators will have an easier time enforcing security policies once this feature is enabled. It takes data from safe sources and builds profiles that can be used to create whitelisting protocols that prevent unsafe actions from occurring on the system.
    • The ability to assess threats in real time. Barracuda Web Application Firewall uses machine learning to detect new threats and attacks as they emerge.
    • The ability to manage the Barracuda Web Application Firewall system from a single interface. Administrators can manage their Barracuda Web Application Firewall configurations from one centralized location.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Barracuda Web Application Firewall stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. One of the main ones is the robustness of the solution. Users are given access to a vast variety of security features in a single product.

    PeerSpot user Muhammed S., a Presales Solutions Architect at Hilal Computers, notes this when he writes, "The solution offers multiple security features. There are machine learning features and great URL encryption. It also offers multi-protocol support against DDoS attacks."

    Other reviewers note that Barracuda Web Application Firewall is user-friendly, easy to set up, stable, and reliable.

    F5's Advanced WAF is built on proven F5 technology and goes beyond reactive security such as static signatures and reputation to proactively detect and mitigate bots, secure credentials and sensitive data, and defend against application denial-of-service (DoS). Advanced WAF redefines application security to address the most prevalent threats organizations face today.

    Advanced WAF is offered as an appliance, virtual edition, and as a managed service—providing automated WAF services that meet complex deployment and management requirements while protecting your apps with great precision. It is the most effective solution for guarding modern applications and data from existing and emerging threats while maintaining compliance with key regulatory mandates.

    Advanced WAF redefines application security to address the most prevalent threats organizations face today:

    •Web attacks that steal credentials and gain unauthorized access across user accounts.
    •Application layer attacks that evade static security based on reputation and manual signatures.
    •New attack surfaces and threats due to the rapid adoption of APIs.
    •OWASP Top 10 vulnerabilities

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    Sample Customers
    Oracle, CBS, Pioneer, Hyundai, Publix, Barnes Noble, Calzedonia, Nordstrom, Samsung, Nascar
    MAXIMUS, Vivo, American Systems, Bangladesh Post Office, City Bank
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    Comms Service Provider30%
    Maritime Company20%
    Wholesaler/Distributor10%
    Non Profit10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Financial Services Firm46%
    Non Tech Company15%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    Printing Company8%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government6%
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    Small Business64%
    Midsize Enterprise5%
    Large Enterprise32%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Barracuda Web Application Firewall is ranked 7th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 13 reviews while F5 Advanced WAF is ranked 4th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 15 reviews. Barracuda Web Application Firewall is rated 7.8, while F5 Advanced WAF is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Barracuda Web Application Firewall writes "Reliable and stable with a straightforward setup". On the other hand, the top reviewer of F5 Advanced WAF writes "It is very stable as as a load balancer or a web application firewall". Barracuda Web Application Firewall is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Fortinet FortiWeb, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), HAProxy and Cloudflare, whereas F5 Advanced WAF is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Fortinet FortiWeb, Imperva Web Application Firewall, NGINX App Protect and Citrix Web App and API Protection. See our Barracuda Web Application Firewall vs. F5 Advanced WAF report.

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