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.
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.