Barracuda's CudaLaunch App Grants Secure Remote Access to Private Cloud

By CIOReview | Thursday, July 30, 2015

CAMPBELL, CA: Barracuda Networks, a provider of security and storage solutions releases CudaLaunch, an application for iOS and Android devices to allow a secure remote access to cloud applications and networks through the Barracuda NG Firewall.

The application is developed to provide IT administrators a simple central management for large deployments. The access control policies are derived from the Barracuda NG Firewall to maintain unified security policies across different types of remote access, including CudaLaunch, SSL VPN, Barracuda Network Access Client and standard IPsec VPN connections.

CudaLaunch also renders an interactive Launchpad for end users. The Launchpad allows admission to internal web applications hosted in the private cloud with an easy access to IP VPN connections such as Remote Desktop or Voice-over-IP (VoIP) applications for communicating securely from outside the firewall. CudaLaunch manages native IPsec VPN profiles on the iOS platform and it utilizes Barracuda's TINA VPN protocol on the Android platform providing additional security and performance.

The company claims that CudaLaunch provides a more responsive interface and a better user experience across mobile platforms unlike browser-based remote access techniques. "Granting mobile and remote access to an organization's information has proven to be beneficial for many business processes, but it can also put constraints on the IT administration and its security posture as a whole. The remote access and mobile Internet threat vectors have been particularly affected because mobile devices are constantly moving between secure corporate networks and insecure home or public Wi-Fi where they can be exposed to phishing and social engineering attacks, Barracuda addresses these IT constraints with CudaLaunch. It can extend private cloud access to end-users, and includes easy-to-use management tools for system administrators,” says Klaus Gheri, VP Network Security, Barracuda.

The application also streamlines the initial set up and the ongoing maintenance of VPN connections on customer devices by checking and updating new VPN configurations when it starts. Built for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) environments, CudaLaunch is self-configuring and is said to require no admission or control of private mobile devices.