Barracuda Networks, Inc. (NYSE: CUDA), a leading provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection solutions, today released findings on “Firewalls and the Cloud”, a survey of IT professionals responsible for cloud environment.
Tim Jefferson, Vice President of Public Cloud, Barracuda shares, “Despite concerns about deploying traditional firewalls in the cloud, almost all survey respondents see value in cloud-specific firewall capabilities.”
“74 percent of respondents indicated that integration with cloud management, monitoring and automation capabilities as the most beneficial cloud-specific firewall capability, while 59 percent cited ease of deployment and configuration by cloud developers as the second most beneficial capability.”
Having said these, 56 percent of respondents report that their on-premises security is superior to cloud and security teams are twice as likely to install Next-Gen Firewall (NGF) on-premises vs. in the cloud. Survey shows that 83 percent have concerns about NGFs in the cloud where the top concerns includes inappropriate pricing and licensing for the cloud.
The survey also looked at how DevOps teams benefits from security automation. Just over half of organizations surveyed have adopted DevOps, DevSecOps, or CI/CD development methodologies (continuous integration and continuous deployment). Of these, 93 percent respondents reported that they have faced challenges when integrating security needs into their processes with “limitations with existing security solutions” being the top challenge at 63 percent.
“There are a number of reasons for this, but for organizations that are used to operating under traditional data center architecture, moving to the cloud will require a new way of thinking when they approach security. Using security tools specifically designed for the public cloud can actually make a business more secure than they were when they operated purely on-premises.”
Barracuda Cloud Generation Firewalls are designed to provide network and application security for cloud-only and hybrid-cloud environments. They provide cloud-specific features including
metered billing, API support for DevSecOps teams, fully meshed connectivity and scalability to help organizations align security with their cloud deployments. Highlights include:
- Well-architected for the public cloud –Integrate directly with public cloud fabric, provide API integrations for DevOps tools and automation workflows, and centrally manage across hybrid environments. This gives customers the benefits of the cloud without compromising their security posture.
- Support for cloud-specific use cases – Support unique requirements of the cloud including horizontal scalability, distributed policy sets, fully meshed connectivity and north-south traffic management. Meeting these requirements allows customers to leverage the benefits of cloud automation around deployment, autoscaling, high-availability, networking, and monitoring.
- Match Customer’s Cloud Consumption Models – Licensing that allows customers to deploy security in alignment with their current public cloud consumption model.