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"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 offers multiple security features. There are machine learning features and great URL encryption. It also offers multi-protocol support against DDoS attacks.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward, especially if you enlist assistance.""Even when we were upgrading to a new OS, we didn't have any difficulties with the product. The stability is good.""Some of the most valuable features are the ease of deployment, the Barracuda support, the easy-to-use console, and the granularity of the reports.""The solution has been quite stable. It's reliable.""The solution is user-friendly and easy to set up."

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"Its inline transferring mode is the most valuable because it is 100% transparent. When you change the IP, there is no change on the network side. If you can't and want to try to reach an IP, you can reach the server IP. There are many other advanced security features in it. The smallest appliances of Imperva can handle the highest traffic at a customer site. For example, a smaller appliance from Imperva can provide you the same security as an F5 product.""If you are using the appliance as opposed to the virtual deployment, it can stand as the network layer-two and provide real transparency.""The most important feature I have found to be the ease in how to do the backup and restores.""The solution can scale.""The configurability of the tools and the ease of operation to be the most valuable feature of Imperva.""The solution is stable.""It has fewer false positives""Imperva Web Application Firewall is a highly stable solution and is very mature."

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"Sometimes when we put it in action, we have some blogs that appear as false positives. I think that it's improving. Barracuda should minimize false positives.""As most people are aware, the implementation is not easy.""It would be better if their updates would be released annually.""Its interface can be better. It is not very friendly.""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.""The documentation is lacking. It's not like what you'd get if you were using Juniper or Cisco. They need to expand on it and make it more useful.""We've had some blocks of the application and some false positives.""The solution needs to leverage some additional features to a broader scale of software-defined networks."

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"I am looking for more data enrichment. We should have the ability to add our own custom data to the system, to the live traffic.""They can provide an option to create reports, automatically import the entire report, and create rules again. In a real-life crisis, it would be helpful to be able to import a report and generate security rules from that report. I should be able to create a simple query and import the reports automatically. It can maybe also tell us the format of the report.""Sometimes our web application firewall will slow down.""In the past, I have bugs on the WAF. I've contacted Imperva about them. Future releases should be less buggy.""It should be more user-friendly. Like other web solutions, it would be helpful to be able to easily do policy configuration and identification inside the application. Understanding the in-depth configuration of a policy is somewhat difficult for an engineer, and they can improve that.""Imperva Web Application Firewall is very expensive.""The process to upgrade from one version to another can be a lot simpler than it is currently.""The user interface could be better."

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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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  • "The price of this solution is a little bit high compared to competitors."
  • "There are some licenses that you have to buy to use some features. Its price could be better. Price is always important because, at the end of the day, customers have a budget. If you can meet the budget, you can sell, and if you don't, you cannot sell."
  • "There is a license for this solution and we purchase the license annually with no additional fees."
  • "There are a couple of different licensing models."
  • "The price of Imperva Web Application Firewalls is expensive compared to others."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    We are using the Barracuda Web Application Firewall for website content and front-end web application protection.
    Top Answer: 
    For ADC, any ADC can do a good job. But in case if you want to add WAF functionality to the same ADC hardware you have to look for other ADC's like F5, Imperva, Radware, Fortinet, etc. 
    Top Answer: 
    You can have a look to Imperva Cloud WAF, the anti-DDoS mitigation is under 1s and works very well. I observed a lot of DDoS attacks that were well managed (even not seen by the customer) by Imperva… more »
    Top Answer: 
    Imperva is a strong choice, given their security focus and ongoing R&D into the product in areas such as bot management.
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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.

    Web application attacks deny services and steal sensitive data. Imperva Web Application Firewall (WAF) analyzes and inspects requests coming in to applications and stops these attacks.

    Protect your applications in the cloud and on-premises with the same set of security policies and management capabilities. Safely migrate apps while maintaining full protection.

    Deploy Imperva WAF on-premises, in AWS and Azure, or as a cloud service itself. Easily meet the specific security and service level requirements of individual applications.

    Imperva WAF protects against the most critical web application security risks: SQL injection, cross-site scripting, illegal resource access, remote file inclusion, and other OWASP Top 10 and Automated Top 20 threats. Imperva security researchers continually monitor the threat landscape and update Imperva WAF with the latest threat data.

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    Sample Customers
    Oracle, CBS, Pioneer, Hyundai, Publix, Barnes Noble, Calzedonia, Nordstrom, Samsung, Nascar
    BlueCross BlueShield, eHarmony, EMF Broadcasting, GE Healthcare, Metro Bank, The Motley Fool, Siemens
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    Comms Service Provider30%
    Maritime Company20%
    Wholesaler/Distributor10%
    Non Profit10%
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    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Insurance Company22%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Comms Service Provider11%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Media Company6%
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    Small Business64%
    Midsize Enterprise5%
    Large Enterprise32%
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    Small Business57%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise32%
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    Barracuda Web Application Firewall is ranked 7th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 13 reviews while Imperva Web Application Firewall is ranked 6th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 11 reviews. Barracuda Web Application Firewall is rated 7.8, while Imperva Web Application Firewall is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Barracuda Web Application Firewall writes "Reliable and stable with a straightforward setup". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Imperva Web Application Firewall writes "Simple to maintain, easy to configure, and easy to scale". Barracuda Web Application Firewall is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Fortinet FortiWeb, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), HAProxy and A10 Networks Thunder ADC, whereas Imperva Web Application Firewall is most compared with AWS WAF, Imperva Incapsula, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and Azure Front Door. See our Barracuda Web Application Firewall vs. Imperva Web Application Firewall report.

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