Barracuda: The next level in enterprise security

BJ Jenkins, President & CEO, BarracudaBJ Jenkins, President & CEO The digital age has pushed business organizations, government bodies, and social institutions into a catch-22 situation. On one hand, the adoption of emerging technologies like cloud, mobile, and IoT is mission-critical for maintaining a competitive edge while on the other hand the rapid proliferation of digital devices makes an organization constantly vulnerable to increased threats from phishing, ransomware, and malware attacks. At any given point, an enterprise cannot be complacent about their security infrastructure because perpetrators invariably find novel ways to launch attacks that go beyond the scope of existing security solutions. An organization’s security culture is foundational to its success and defines the trust and value that customers vest in them.

In such a scenario, in-house security teams often fall short when it comes to staying ahead of sophisticated attacks, fostering the need for a managed security service provider (MSSP). MSSPs not only specialize in threat detection but enable organizations to focus on their core business operations while saving the additional cost and space of training security personnel.

Empowering organizations worldwide with bespoke security solutions that protect networks, applications, and data, regardless of where they reside is Barracuda [NYSE: CUDA]. The trusted solution of choice for more than 150,000 organizations inclusive of industry giants such as Oracle, Samsung, and IBM, Barracuda offers a portfolio of comprehensive security solutions that can be deployed on-premise or on the cloud. With two decades of industry experience, BJ Jenkins, president and CEO of Barracuda affirms, “Barracuda is an established global brand that delivers powerful, purpose-built security and data protection solutions that are easy to use and manage.” Under Jenkins, who has held eminent leadership positions with companies like Dell EMC, Barracuda has acquired the status of the go-to leader for powerful yet easy-to-use IT solutions. With a strong focus on a customer-centric business model, today Barracuda stands out from the crowd by delivering high-value, subscription-based IT solutions that provide end-to-end protection.

Trusted Partner for a Secure Future

In line with current cloud-integrated infrastructures and workloads, the company offers CloudGen Firewalls and Web Application Firewalls that are one-of-a-kind and purpose-built for securing cloud-connected networks. Whether the client in question is a small organization with few SaaS applications or a distributed company with a wide array of cloud applications, Barracuda Cloud Generation Firewalls ensure seamless connectivity across sites, Internet applications, and cloud data centers. The solution’s intelligent traffic regulation feature and advanced SD-WAN ensures reliable connectivity from any location. The Firewall also easily integrates with public cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

Barracuda stands out from the crowd by delivering high-value, subscription-based IT solutions that provide end-to-end protection

Best of all, Barracuda Cloud Generation Firewalls can be deployed as licensed virtual instances, pay-as-you-go licenses, or metered billing, which makes their security solutions not only viable but also economical.

Coming to web security threats, which have always been one of the most dreaded forms of enterprise security threats, the Barracuda Web Security Gateway allows organizations to use online applications and tools without exposure to web-borne malware and viruses. The Gateway can control access to websites, applications, and Web 2.0 platforms, and its SSL-filtering and inspection capabilities provide policy enforcement on social-media and search platforms. The solution encompasses protection from spyware, virus, and advanced threats and also reflects threats and activities of users on the network through an intuitive dashboard.

With limited time and resources when the IT department at The City of Lake Oswego wanted to change the way they managed network security, they turned to the Barracuda Web Security Gateway. Their legacy security appliance had stopped functioning due to bandwidth overload and they needed an immediate solution to manage web traffic, end-user access, and web-based threats. The Barracuda Web Security Gateway that was set up in fifteen minutes or less provided the client with instant visibility and better user access control. To avoid any inconvenience from sudden breakdowns, Barracuda also offers new appliance upgrade every four years for the maximum benefit of the client.

End-to-End and Comprehensive Protection

When the topic is enterprise threats, no discussion can be complete without reference to information security. More than 71 percent of U.S. enterprises in a survey reported suffering at least one data breach in the past year. Barracuda Backup is a simple yet effective solution that allows organizations to protect their data from cybercriminals, natural disasters, and hardware failures. A unique feature of this next-gen system is that it comes with encrypted disk drives, which render data useless when removed from the appliance, in case of data theft. Barracuda Backup also protects against local disasters by replicating data to the Barracuda Cloud. Organizations with conservative retention policies can use Offsite Vaulting to minimize the cost of backup storage as well.

Since 90 percent of all targeted cyber-attacks start with an email, Barracuda’s Advanced Threat Protection, an integrated cloud-based service, filtering, and encryption keep sensitive data safe. The company also ensures compliance with email retention policies and maintains tamper-proof archiving with Barracuda Essentials, an all-in-one cloud-based email security, backup, archiving, and eDiscovery solution for Office 365 and Microsoft Exchange.

Keeping in mind that Spear Phishing and account compromises are leading factors in data and email breaches, the Barracuda Sentinel, a cloud-based service based on AI detects and blocks spear phishing attacks in real time. Barracuda Sentinel protects brands by eliminating domain spoofing and unauthorized activity.
"Centralized management is at the heart of Barracuda’s security architectures"

It provides an intuitive wizard to implement domain-based message authentication reporting (DMAR) to ensure deliverability of legitimate email traffic while preventing unauthorized third-party senders from spoofing a domain. Barracuda also became the first email security portfolio vendor to add computer-based training to its stack of offerings and Jenkins remarks, “We are excited to see ongoing momentum across our email security business which positions Barracuda for further growth.”

In the case of a large independent regional airline in the United States, the stakeholder’s emails were being bombarded with spam and account compromises that led employees to receive targeted phishing emails. They were a victim of crypto locking virus that was delivered via email and infected one of the endpoints. Additionally, there was a fraudulent Office 365 login and the Microsoft impersonator then went on to use an employee’s account to further attack another group within the organization. With Barracuda Essentials and Sentinel the client was able to reduce spam and zero-day threats. Barracuda reduced incidents of account compromise by blocking web impersonation emails and also provided domain fraud visibility protection using DMARC authentication.

Security at its Best

Recently the company acquired PhishLine, LLC, a leading SaaS platform for social engineering simulation and training. Barracuda’s AI-driven protection against phishing alongside PhishLine’s platform brings customers comprehensive defense against email-borne targeted attacks and social engineering. “PhishLine has a culture of developing innovative email protection solutions, including social engineering and data analysis offerings. Combining the power of the Barracuda security technologies with PhishLine’s capabilities gives us the opportunity to deliver integrated, adaptive security training aimed at preventing email security threats,” says Jenkins.

Centralized management is at the heart of Barracuda’s security architectures. For the maximum benefit of clients, they can deploy firewall instances, manage security policies, regulate traffic flows, and monitor security posture across an entire network, from a single pane of glass. It comes as no surprise that 90 percent of Barracuda customers renew their products every year. The company has a 24-hour support service securing seamless solution delivery for organizations across sectors from healthcare, retail, financial services to education. Another way through which Barracuda stays ahead of growing customer needs is the Barracuda Technology Partner (BTP) program that allows the company to formally connect with cloud security and storage solutions leaders. This includes bigwigs such as AWS, Red Hat, Avira and more.

In the coming days, the company is all geared to see strong growth. In the last quarter, Barracuda witnessed a rapid increase in its total active subscribers as well as revenue. “Our performance was driven by continued traction in the areas of the market where we have been investing, especially email and public cloud security, and we are pleased to see that our efforts are generating stronger top-line results,” remarks Jenkins. With the right vision and a cutting-edge security solution that is affordable and consumable, the future possibilities are endless for this impressive enterprise security solutions provider. “Our product pipeline is strong, and more and more companies are relying on MSP partners to provide their security and data protection services. We are focused on continuing to expand our industry-leading portfolio and helping customers to maximize their IT investments across highly distributed, diverse cloud, and hybrid environments,” says Jenkins in conclusion.