We are delighted to introduce Barracuda Content Shield, the most recent addition to the Barracuda MSP portfolio of security and data protection solutions.
Barracuda Content Shield is a web threat protection and content filtering solution specifically designed to help MSPs protect their customers against malicious sites and the risks associated with inappropriate content. It’s a cloud-based solution that relies on Barracuda’s extensive threat intelligence network to provide timely, up-to-date protection, even against threats that may be lying dormant.
Why MSPs need Content Shield
According to a new study by EfficientIP, Domain Name System (DNS) server attacks have become a prevalent attack vector for cybercriminals. The research reflects that 77 percent of organizations surveyed reported experiencing a DNS attack thus far in 2018. The global frequency of these attacks is on the rise, as are the costs associated with them. The survey shows that the average cost of a DNS attack in the U.S. alone has climbed 57 percent over the past year to $654,000 in 2018.
A defense-in-depth plan is needed to protect against all vectors, including DNS attacks, but it can be a challenge to secure DNS without jeopardizing application performance. Fortunately, a new solution from Barracuda is now available to help MSPs protect their customers from web-based threats by providing a cloud-based DNS server that can protect all devices on a customers’ network. As a bonus, this new solution also includes content filtering features to drive employee productivity.
How Content Shield helps MSPs and their customers
Content Shield enables MSPs to keep their customers’ businesses safer and improve employee productivity. Its DNS filtering functionality protects customers from web-borne viruses, malware, ransomware, phishing, botnets, and more. Filtering at the DNS level prevents dangerous connections between endpoints and any dangerous websites.
In addition, it provides visibility into customer web activity by enforcing access policies across all users and devices. This not only ensures that customers’ employees are protected from harmful web content, but also improves adherence to company policies, norms, and standards.
Why Content Shield is a good fit for MSPs
Content Shield is designed from the ground up to support a multi-tenant, MSP-friendly environment. Content Shield is the perfect fit for MSPs because it was designed specifically with MSPs in mind and with their feedback incorporated throughout the development process. Our MSP partners are busy, and ease of management has been factored in heavily to the solution design.
The solution is configured and managed in the cloud, making it simple for service providers to maintain control of all their customers, regardless of location. It also provides comprehensive reporting that gives the MSP visibility into what is going on inside each customer’s environment.
The setup is quick and easy, taking less than a minute. There is no hardware or software to install, and features such as customizable templates that can be reused across different customer accounts make it easy for an MSP to offer across their customer base. All of this means the MSP gets valuable time back in their day to focus on other important tasks.
Types of customers Content Shield is a good fit for
Virtually all SMB customers are candidates for Content Shield. The web is a dangerous place, and with a whole generation of IoT devices — smartphones, digital assistants, etc. — in use, the risk is higher than ever.
All businesses will find value in protection from online threats such as viruses, malware, ransomware, phishing attacks, botnets, and more. Additionally, those who want to keep their employees focused on work and maintaining productivity will benefit from the ability to block internet distractions ranging from time-wasters like Facebook and video streaming sites, to people using company time to search for other jobs.
Also, businesses that want to protect themselves from potential legal liabilities can use Content Shield as a safeguard. Its content filtering features can prevent all types of inappropriate material, such as adult content, gambling, violent material, and politically sensitive subjects, from being viewed in the work environment.
Chris Crellin is Senior Director of Product Management for Barracuda MSP, a provider of security and data protection solutions for managed services providers, where he is responsible for leading product strategy and management. Connect with him on LinkedIn here.