What is a cloud generation firewall?

As businesses adopt more public cloud solutions over time, MSPs need to be prepared to protect customers’ data in this new environment. An important part of that is understanding the difference between the security requirements of the public cloud and an on-premises network. Working with partners that have deep security experience and offer solutions designed specifically for the public cloud will help MSPs make this transition successfully.

That’s why we’re excited to share that Barracuda recently introduced expanded public cloud functionality for both the Barracuda NextGen Firewall and the Barracuda Web Application Firewall. These updated firewalls allow for usage-based billing and automated security controls for DevSecOps workflows, features that help simplify the path to the public cloud for MSPs and their customers.

To help give you a better look at cloud generation firewalls and how they can help your MSP, we spoke to Brian Babineau, senior vice president and general manager of Barracuda MSP.

Cloud Generation Firewall Q&A with Brian Babineau

How is deploying a firewall in the public cloud different from deploying one on-premises?

It’s about having the right tool for the job at hand. Next-generation firewalls are built for architectures where everything is tightly coupled and traffic flows through the firewalls vertically. In contrast, public cloud best practices call for loosely coupled architectures that scale horizontally and elastically with cloud demands. MSPs should think about the security controls they need to cover and use tools that leverage the agility of cloud infrastructure. That’s why cloud generation firewalls need to tightly integrate into the Infrastructure-as-a-Service management fabric and reflect how the public cloud is being consumed.

Why is it important for MSPs to start thinking about the public cloud now?

You might think your customers aren’t ready to use the public cloud yet, but it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a more pressing need, particularly as SaaS applications such as G Suite and Microsoft Office 365 gain momentum. And you need to be prepared. According to a recent survey sponsored by Barracuda, 40 percent of the businesses that responded are running at least part of their infrastructure in the public cloud. Roughly 50 percent of those organizations report being hit with some sort of cyberattack, though, which highlights the need for security in the cloud.

There is still a lot of confusion about who is responsible for security in the cloud, though. That same public cloud survey shows 77 percent of respondents believe that public cloud service providers are responsible for securing customer data in the cloud and 68 percent believe public cloud service providers are responsible for securing applications running on public clouds.

The reality is there’s a shared responsibility model. Public cloud providers are responsible for the security of the cloud itself, while customers and their IT service providers are responsible for the security of data, applications, operating systems, and network and firewall configurations running in the cloud. It’s critical for MSPs to get comfortable with this concept and the tools, such as cloud generation firewalls, that they’ll need to keep customers secure in the cloud.

Why is Barracuda’s approach to security the right fit for the cloud?

With Barracuda’s cloud generation firewalls, MSPs are getting best-of-breed security solutions for networks and applications, no matter what deployment model they use: physical, virtual, on-premises, in the cloud, or hybrid. We want to give you the flexibility you need to protect your customers’ IT environments wherever they reside.

As an MSP, you need to focus on the future instead of simply sticking with what’s worked for you in the past. In the age of the cloud, that means solving cloud-specific security issues. The rules and requirements of security are changing, and as an MSP you need to be ready to change with it. And our team is here to help.

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