Barracuda Networks Inc., maker of e-mail and Web security appliances, has launched the Barracuda Web Site Firewall product line, its new Web application security appliance. The Barracuda Web Site Firewall leverages the capabilities of the Web Application Controller product line acquired from NetContinuum in September 2007. Targeted at businesses of all sizes requiring Web application security and PCI compliance, the Barracuda Web Site Firewall starts at $4,999.

“Hackers are increasingly taking advantage of Web sites that do not have ample protection against major Web application attacks, and many of these sites belong to small and medium businesses,” said Stephen Pao, vice president of product management for Barracuda Networks. “Until now, Web application security products have largely been targeted at large enterprises that have expansive IT budgets, leaving SMBs without an affordable option. The Barracuda Web Site Firewall delivers a powerful, easy-to-use solution for the ‘rest of us.'”

By harnessing the same powerful protection offered by the Barracuda Web Application Controllers, the Barracuda Web Site Firewall secures Web sites against data theft, denial of service or defacement. As a full proxy, the Barracuda Web Site Firewall blocks or cloaks attacks, such as SQL injections, cross-site scripting attacks or buffer overflows, while preventing outbound sensitive data leakage. To minimize ongoing administration associated with security, the Barracuda Web Site Firewall automatically receives Energize Updates for the latest policy definitions, security updates and attack definitions. In addition, the Barracuda Web Site Firewall features the same user interface and management framework common to all Barracuda Networks products, including the Barracuda Spam Firewall and Barracuda Web Filter.

The Barracuda Web Site Firewall product line integrates varied degrees of traffic management capabilities, including SSL offloading, hardware-based SSL acceleration and load balancing, which increases both performance and availability of the applications.

The Barracuda Web Site Firewall 360, 460 and 660 models are currently available, starting at $4,999. International pricing varies by region. Barracuda Networks will also continue to support the Barracuda Web Application Firewall NC 1100 AF and NC 2000 AF as well as Barracuda Application Gateway NC 500 AG, NC 1100 AG and NC 2000 AG products.