Barracuda Networks, Inc., the leading provider of enterprise-class spam firewall solutions, today launched the Barracuda Spyware Firewall, the first true comprehensive anti-spyware and Web filtering gateway appliance. The Barracuda Spyware Firewall combines preventative, reactive and proactive measures to form a complete anti-spyware solution for businesses of all sizes.

After our success in the complex and rapidly changing email security space, we are addressing another major security and productivity concern spyware, said Dean Drako, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks. We are using the same product design ideas and business model that was so successful with the Barracuda Spam Firewall. With the Barracuda Spyware Firewall customers can take advantage of another reliable and affordable appliance security solution for protection against one of the greatest security risks facing organisations today.

Spyware, which commonly refers to any software that is downloaded onto a computer and then secretly collects and forwards information to the softwares creator or that displays advertising, poses tremendous potential security threats to organisations, including intellectual property theft, productivity loss and privacy invasion.

Building on the success of the award-winning Barracuda Spam Firewall, the Barracuda Spyware Firewall is the only dedicated plug-and-play appliance for organisations seeking a powerful solution to detecting and blocking spyware at the gateway. Unlike the widely available desktop software solutions, the Barracuda Spyware Firewall is easily installed and does not require the additional time, money or resources necessary for downloading and maintaining software on each individual PC.

Although currently available Web filtering products offer some limited spyware filtering functionality, the Barracuda Spyware Firewall offers organisations a more complete and focused approach to spyware protection. The Barracuda Spyware Firewall helps identify, block and prevent spyware downloads using sophisticated techniques and a robust feature set. These features include:

- Blocking spyware downloads (including drive-by downloads)
While spyware and other malware is inherently a devious operation, it is the stealthier self-installing, or drive-by, spyware downloads that can pose a considerable threat to users. The Barracuda Spyware Firewall utilises signature-based and rule-based blocking techniques to ensure that drive-by spyware installations, such as .CAB, .OCX, .EXE and .DLL, files are prevented.

- Stopping viruses
Viruses can be potentially devastating to an organisation. Similar to the Barracuda Spam Firewall, the Barracuda Spyware Firewall uses a multi-layered approach that combines file type blocking, dual layer virus checking and decompression of archives, to prevent viruses from infiltrating the network.

- Preventing Access to Spyware Web sites
Barracuda Central, an advanced technical control centre, utilises a variety of methods for monitoring the latest spyware Web sites to build a comprehensive blacklist. Using advanced URL blocking techniques, the Barracuda Spyware Firewall blocks access to these prohibited sites.

- Detecting and Blocking Spyware Access to the Internet
The Barracuda Spyware Firewall also secures the organisation against pre-existing spyware installations by detecting infected systems and blocking spyware communication to the Internet. Using an intuitive interface and comprehensive logging and reporting capabilities, the Barracuda Spyware Firewall alerts the administrator and facilitates removal of any existing spyware installations.

-  Web Content Filtering
The Barracuda Spyware Firewall incorporates content filtering for those organisations that need to block inappropriate Web sites. An extensive Web site category list is updated hourly via Barracuda Energize Updates. The Barracuda Spyware Firewall also includes flexible enforcement options for easy administrative management.

Unlike spam or viruses, which typically incapacitate the network, spyware poses a more covert threat, so users are often unaware that their PC is infected, said Drako. Companies need a solution that not only blocks access to spyware, but one that can also detect spyware that may have been inadvertently brought into the organisation through remote access, floppy disks, or USB drives. The Barracuda Spyware Firewall is an integrated solution that provides a complete solution to eliminate spyware and other malware from the network.

Barracuda Spyware Firewall 210, 310, and 410
Available in three models, the Barracuda Spyware Firewall supports up to 1,000 users and up to 500 simultaneous Internet connections. With no software to install, no modifications required to the network and an intuitive user interface for maintenance and monitoring, the Barracuda Spyware Firewall is easy to install and virtually maintenance-free. Hourly Energize Updates are made automatically by Barracuda Central so that the Barracuda Spyware Firewall can block the ever-changing virus and spyware variants.

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