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Barracuda SSL VPN 2FA

This Barracuda SSL VPN 2FA guide shows how to enable two-factor authentication (2FA / MFA) for Barracuda SSL VPN using the Protectimus Cloud 2FA Service or On-Premise 2FA Platform.

Protectimus integrates with Barracuda SSL VPN via RADIUS authentication protocol to add two-factor authentication (2FA) to Barracuda SSL VPN logins.

In this scenario, the Protectimus two-factor authentication solution for Barracuda VPN 2FA performs as a RADIUS server, and the Barracuda SSL VPN takes the role of a RADIUS client. You will find the scheme of work of the Protectimus solution for Barracuda SSL VPN two-factor authentication below.

How to set up Barracuda SSL VPN two-factor authentication via RADIUS

1. How Barracuda SSL VPN Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Works

Setting up two-factor authentication for Barracuda SSL VPN means that your users will have to enter two different factors of authentication when they get access to their accounts.

  1. The first 2FA factor is a username and password (something the user knows);
  2. The second 2FA factor is a time-based one-time password generated with the help of an OTP token or an app on a phone (something the user owns). A one-time passwords remains valid only for 30 seconds.

It is too hard to get unauthorized access to the Barracuda SSL VPN account protected with multi-factor authentication. A hacker has to get two passwords of different natures and use them simultaneously. Moreover, he has only 30 seconds to hack and use a one-time passcode, which complicates the task умут further and makes it almost impossible.

Tho-factor authentication (2FA / MFA) is an effective protection measure against such cybersecurity threats like phishing, keylogging, social emgeneering, brute force, MITM attacks, data spoofing, etc.

2. How to Enable Barracuda SSL VPN 2FA

You can set up Barracuda SSL VPN two-factor authentication (2FA) with Protectimus using the RADIUS protocol:
  1. Get registered with Protectimus SAAS Service or install the On-Premise 2FA Platform and configure basic settings.
  2. Install and configure Protectimus RADIUS Server.
  3. Configure Barracuda SSL VPN authentication policies.

2.1. Get Registered and Configure Basic Protectimus Settings

  1. Register with the Protectimus Cloud Service and activate API or install the Protectimus On-Premise Platform (if you install Protectimus Platform on Windows, check the RProxy box during the installation).
  2. Add Resource.
  3. Add Users.
  4. Add Tokens or activate Users’ Self Service Portal.
  5. Assign Tokens to Users.
  6. Assign Tokens with Users to the Resource.

2.2. Install and Configure Protectimus RADIUS Server

Detailed instructions for installing and configuring the Protectimus RADIUS Server for Barracuda SSL VPN 2-factor authentication using RADIUS are available here.

2.3. Add Protectimus as RADIUS Server for your Barracuda SSL VPN

  1. Log in to Barracuda VPN interface.
  2. Navigate to Users –> External Authentication.
How to set up Barracuda SSL VPN 2FA via RADIUS - step 1
  1. Select RADIUS and configure the following RADIUS settings to add a RADIUS Server. After that, click Save to save the changes.
Server Address IP of server where the Protectimus RADIUS Server component is installed.
Server Port Indicate 1812 (or whichever port you configured in the Protectimus radius.yml file when configuring Protectimus RADIUS Server).
Server Key Indicate the shared secret you created in the Protectimus radius.yml file (radius.secret property) when configuring Protectimus RADIUS Server.
Group Attribute Keep the default value.
Group Attribute Delimiter Keep the default value.
NAS ID If your RADIUS server requires NAS credentials to be set, enter the NAS identifier.
NAS IP Address If your RADIUS server requires NAS credentials to be set, enter the NAS IP Address.
NAS IP Port If your RADIUS server requires NAS credentials to be set, enter the NAS IP Port.
Group Information From Set to blank/empty.
How to set up Barracuda SSL VPN MFA via RADIUS - step 2
  1. Navigate to VPN –> SSL VPN.
How to set up Barracuda SSL VPN two-factor authentication via RADIUS - step 3
  1. Go to the Authentication section. Select RADIUS in User Authentication. Click Save.
How to set up Barracuda SSL VPN multi-factor authentication via RADIUS - step 4
Integration of two-factor authentication (2FA/MFA) for your Barracuda SSL VPN is now complete. If you have other questions, contact Protectimus customer support service.
Last updated on 2022-12-28