The COVID-19 pandemic has closed business, non-profit, and educational facilities all over the world. Even some government buildings have been closed, and services have been transitioned to online-only. Workers have transitioned to working from home as much as possible, which has created a number of headaches for management and IT:
- What essential roles must be performed at the facility?
- What technology and training are needed for employees to work from home?
- Will remote workers need access to internal resources through a secure VPN?
- What equipment will be needed at the remote workplace, and how will this be secured?
- What potential new threats will need to be proactively addressed?
- How will the data protection plan be affected?
The list goes on and on, as do the challenges related to security and data protection.
Barracuda can help
Barracuda offers security and data protection solutions that can help companies protect their business, workers, and customers.
Secure remote access to network resources
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall provides several options to help IT teams offer secure remote access to employees working from home. This solution supports all devices that can run a client application, mobile application, or a web browser. Learn more in our blog post here or on our corporate website here. The Barracuda CloudGen Firewall is available for a free 30-day trial if you’d like to test drive it in your own environment at no risk.
Email security with multiple layers of protection
The company network is still at risk from email-borne threats, even if employees are working from home. Barracuda Essentials provides protection against advanced threats, malware, malicious links, and typosquatting, as well as outgoing data leaks. There are dozens of powerful capabilities in Essentials, protecting your network from inbound and outbound threats. Barracuda Cloud Control makes it easy to manage email protection for the entire organization through an Internet-connected device with a web browser.
Data protection for virtual teams and collaborative workspaces
Branch offices and SaaS applications changed the nature of data protection years ago. For most companies, it isn’t as simple as having all workers, all workloads, and all data in one physical location anymore. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a massive shift to remote work, which could complicate data protection strategies. Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup (CCB) will protect data in SharePoint, Groups, Teams, OneDrive, and more. Barracuda CCB is available as a single solution or as part of the Barracuda Total Email Protection bundle.
Email archiving with unlimited storage per user
Remote users increasingly turn to email as a primary means of communication, despite the rapid growth of collaborative tools like Teams and Slack. The Barracuda Cloud Archiving Service (CAS) will archive all emails without the need to install any client or server software. In addition to robust search capabilities that enable users to access any email based on several types of queries, the Barracuda CAS also provides support for e-discovery and litigation hold, which can be critical during a time of heightened concern for employee health. Like Cloud-to-Cloud Backup, Barracuda CAS is a SaaS application that is available as a single solution or as part of the Barracuda Total Email Protection bundle.
Protection from spear phishing and other social engineering threats
Spear-phishing attacks have increased exponentially since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Criminals have been taking advantage of the dispersed workforce and stressful conditions with new attacks based on keywords like WHO, CDC, coronavirus, COVID-19, and pandemic. Many people are watching for updates from their employer and for briefings on the latest news around the pandemic. These COVID-19 attacks have been very effective for criminals.
Barracuda Sentinel can protect your Office 365 users from targeted spear-phishing attacks and account takeover. Sentinel integrates fully into Office 365 and uses artificial intelligence to learn the company’s normal communication patterns. Working in this way, Sentinel detects threats that traditional email security systems cannot, such as a fake COVID-19 update from the company’s HR department. Barracuda Sentinel should be deployed as part of Barracuda Essentials but can also be deployed on its own.
User awareness training to help employees remain vigilant
Employees who are working from home need to remain vigilant against email-borne threats, and the best way to help them is to make sure they have the training necessary to recognize attacks. Barracuda PhishLine is a training platform that simulates phishing attacks and responds to each user’s performance accordingly. It’s easy to set up a simulation and risk assessment, and new content is added daily based on the threats that Barracuda Central has detected around the world. Barracuda PhishLine can be deployed with Barracuda Essentials or as a standalone SaaS application.
Respond quickly to attacks
It can be tough to identify and eliminate network attacks during the best of times — and even more difficult when remote workstations are involved. Barracuda Forensics and Incident Response can make this much more manageable by automatically alerting IT administrators and removing threats from inboxes. Attacks can be identified and mitigated in minutes rather than hours.
Maintain a safe computing environment for your workers
Companies that protect in-office employees from web-borne threats with a web security gateway can also provide a safe computing environment for remote workers. Barracuda Content Shield Plus can defend remote workers from malicious websites and inappropriate content, as well as scan for malicious files on remote workstations. This is a SaaS solution that deploys quickly and easily. It is centrally managed and constantly updated with the latest threat information from Barracuda Central.
Making it all easy
Barracuda solutions are designed to secure dispersed workloads and remote workers.
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall is the ideal security and connectivity solution for multi-site enterprises, managed services providers, and other organizations with complex, dispersed network infrastructures.
Barracuda Total Email Protection combines Barracuda's complete email protection portfolio into a single solution and central point of management:
- Essentials — All-in-one email security, backup, and archiving service
- Sentinel — AI-based protection from spear phishing, account takeover, and business email compromise
- PhishLine — Anti-phishing training and simulation platform
- Forensics and Incident Response — Automated incident response and threat insights
Barracuda Content Shield Plus protects employees from inappropriate online content and web-borne malware and viruses.
For details on all of our solutions and to request a risk-free 30-day trial, visit www.barracuda.com.
Christine Barry is Senior Chief Blogger and Social Media Manager at Barracuda. 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 and project management credentials, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Business Administration. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Connect with Christine on LinkedIn here.