A few days ago we announced that we had just shipped our one-millionth cloud-enabled product. Although we grew rapidly and expanded into network and application security and data protection, we never forgot our humble beginnings with a single product: the Barracuda Spam and Virus Firewall.
Email usage, IT services, and cyberfraud have changed significantly in the years since we declared that a purpose-built security gateway was the best defense to email-based attacks. Email threats aren't just spam emails with malicious attachments; we now face advanced malware, fraudulent URLs, and sophisticated social engineering attacks that target the humans directly. Thanks to the public cloud and managed services, companies no longer need to maintain an email server on-premises, nor do they need to employ an IT department of their own. And a recent report by the Radicati Group tells us that there will be more than 3.8 billion email users before the start of 2019. That's over 100 million more than the previous year, and that number will continue to grow.
The need for email protection has changed and expanded across the world, and Barracuda has changed and expanded to meet that need. Earlier today we announced the momentum of our email protection solutions and MSP services. Here are the highlights from the press release:
- Barracuda Essentials, the company’s all-in-one email security, backup and archiving service, saw 232 percent growth year over year in sales bookings through its MSP Business in Q1.
- Q1 email security product bookings grew 36 percent year-over-year and is over a $100 million annual run rate.
- With more than 50,000 email security customers worldwide, Barracuda saw a strong performance in Q1 driven by key product innovations across its email security business.
One of the reasons that Barracuda is a leader in email protection is that we provide an entire ecosystem of protection designed to defend the email threat vector. This ecosystem is deployed across four layers:
Gateway Defense Layer: Barracuda’s Advanced Threat Protection, filtering, and encryption keep sensitive data safe. CPU-intensive tasks such as sandboxing to “detonate” suspicious attachments are performed in the Barracuda cloud with no impact on your email performance.
Email Resiliency Layer: Barracuda Essentials provides tamper-proof archiving and mail server failover and email spooling. Cloud-to-cloud backup and recovery protects your business from accidental or malicious deletion of emails and data.
Fraud Protection Layer: Barracuda Sentinel is powered by an AI engine that learns the unique communication patterns of your organization to determine with a high degree of accuracy whether an email is part of a spear phishing attack. Identified attacks and quarantined in real-time, and the recipient and administrator are notified of the attempted attack.
User Security Awareness Layer: A complete email protection strategy must include user security awareness training. Barracuda PhishLine automatically runs simulated phishing and administers personalized security awareness training. Using the industry’s most advanced reporting, it identifies risks by user, department, type of device, and thousands of other factors.
Barracuda's first email protection product rolled off the line in 2003. One million cloud-enabled products later, we are still committed to providing the industry's most comprehensive and best-performing email protection. For more information and a free 30-day trial of our email protection solutions, visit our Barracuda Email Protection site here. For details on the growth of our email protection solutions, see our press release here.
Christine Barry is Senior Chief Blogger and Social Media Manager at Barracuda. In this role, she helps bring Barracuda stories to life and facilitate communication between the public and Barracuda internal teams. Prior to joining Barracuda, Christine was a field engineer and project manager for K12 and SMB clients for over 15 years. She holds several technology credentials, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Business Administration. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.