Product Comparison

Barracuda Sentinel vs Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection

Common Comparisons

Overall Score
Spear Phishing Protection
Business Email Compromise
AI Adaptiveness

Summary

Review date: December 7th 2018

Snapshot: Sentinel prevents Spear Phishing, Account Takeover, and Business Email Compromise.

Who are Barracuda?

Barracuda is an email security vendor that provides cloud based security solutions that aim to be easy to buy, deploy and use. They have security solutions for email, networks, data and applications used by customers around the world. Barracuda Sentinel is a cloud based cyber fraud protection service. It’s powered by three AI systems that work within Outlook to scan both incoming and outgoing messages for threats within the email network. Sentinel has a focus on stopping social engineering styled threats like business email compromise and phishing attacks.

For: Medium and enterprise sized customers looking for powerful protection against phishing and social engineering attacks.

Not For: Small companies looking for email filtering to stop basic levels of spam.

Features:

  • AI systems provide real time protection against phishing attacks by recognising business communication patters
  • Admins get real time notifications for security threats and malicious emails are automatically quarantined
  • Comprehensive, powerful protection against social engineering attacks like business email compromise and CEO fraud
  • Protections against account takeover , with email accounts automatically blocked if they are compromised
  • Domain Fraud protection with DMARC authentication and analysis
  • Comprehensive analytics into security threats and threat detection reports
  • Powerful scanning provides URL and attachment protection

Expert Insight:

Barracuda Sentinel is a powerful solution for blocking phishing attacks and social engineering styled threats. Advanced machine learning algorithms allow the platform to learn an organisations communication habits and become able to spot security threats automatically. This means businesses get strong protections from phishing attacks and business email compromise, in real time. It does take a few weeks for the AI system to become installed however, meaning this service cannot be trailed before deployment.

Sentinel also offers businesses protection against Domain Fraud with DMARC authentication. The platform has a good range of administration features, with threat quarantined automatically and analytics available into threats. The platform also offers strong outbound email security, with accounts suspected of being compromised automatically blocked. Barracuda Sentinel is a strong choice for businesses looking for powerful phishing protection, especially those who already use products in the Barracuda family.

Overall Score
Spear Phishing Protection
Business Email Compromise
AI Adaptiveness

Summary

Review date: February 14th 2019

Snapshot: ATP protects email networks from unknown and sophisticated attacks.

What is Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection?

Microsoft Advanced Threat protection is a cyber security platform made for Office 365 users. It’s a low cost option that sits on top of Office 365’s inbuilt secure email gateway to scan emails for threats inside the email network. It offers protection against threats like malicious links, phishing attacks and unsafe attachments. It also offers critical insights into who is being targeted within an organisation with reporting and URL tracing. This platform is completely integrated with Office 365. This makes it suited for organisations looking for an extra layer of advanced threat protection at a low cost.

For: SMBs looking for an extra layer of threat protection to block advanced email threats like malicious attachments and phishing.

Not For: Enterprise customers facing targeted spear phishing and business email compromise attacks.

Features:

  • Automatically scans all email attachments for malware
  • Scans all URLs with emails and Office documents to prevent the spread of viruses
  • Scans files within cloud storage platforms like DropBox and OneDrive for viruses
  • Uses Microsoft’s Spoof Intelligence platform to identify spam and viruses trying to spoof businesses domains
  • Applies machine learning and impersonation detection algorithms to scan incoming messages to filter out phishing and spear phishing emails
  • Real time protection from users clicking on malicious links
  • Reporting dashboard that allows you to investigate blocked messages and trace clicks on malicious content
  • Easy to deploy and manage, being fully integrated with Office 355

Expert Insight:

Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection offers a useful layer of extra protection for small and medium sized businesses who want an extra layer of protection against malicious threats and phishing attacks. It’s low cost, and easy to deploy and manage being fully integrated with Office 365. It does a good job at identifying and blocking spam emails. The machine learning and impersonation detection systems offer businesses a basic level of protection against phishing attacks. However. In October 2017, researchers announced that Microsoft had missed 34,000 phishing emails, demonstrating that it is not the most effective phishing protection platform.

The platform is not as advanced as some competitor services but does offer streamlined management and reporting. Microsoft ATP is a good layer of basic advanced threat protection, on top of O365’s in-built spam filter, which may be sufficient for SMBs looking for basic phishing or virus protection. But it should not be used to protect businesses from advanced or targeted social engineering attacks.

It’s important to note that this platform is still in development with multiple updates on the horizon. This includes Threat Intelligence capabilities, native link rendering and new quarantine capabilities. This shows that Microsoft is still investing time and resources into making this a better platform for businesses to use to protect themselves from advanced email threats such as phishing.

Overall Score
Spear Phishing Protection
Business Email Compromise
AI Adaptiveness

Summary

Review date: December 7th 2018

Snapshot: Sentinel prevents Spear Phishing, Account Takeover, and Business Email Compromise.

Who are Barracuda?

Barracuda is an email security vendor that provides cloud based security solutions that aim to be easy to buy, deploy and use. They have security solutions for email, networks, data and applications used by customers around the world. Barracuda Sentinel is a cloud based cyber fraud protection service. It’s powered by three AI systems that work within Outlook to scan both incoming and outgoing messages for threats within the email network. Sentinel has a focus on stopping social engineering styled threats like business email compromise and phishing attacks.

For: Medium and enterprise sized customers looking for powerful protection against phishing and social engineering attacks.

Not For: Small companies looking for email filtering to stop basic levels of spam.

Features:

  • AI systems provide real time protection against phishing attacks by recognising business communication patters
  • Admins get real time notifications for security threats and malicious emails are automatically quarantined
  • Comprehensive, powerful protection against social engineering attacks like business email compromise and CEO fraud
  • Protections against account takeover , with email accounts automatically blocked if they are compromised
  • Domain Fraud protection with DMARC authentication and analysis
  • Comprehensive analytics into security threats and threat detection reports
  • Powerful scanning provides URL and attachment protection

Expert Insight:

Barracuda Sentinel is a powerful solution for blocking phishing attacks and social engineering styled threats. Advanced machine learning algorithms allow the platform to learn an organisations communication habits and become able to spot security threats automatically. This means businesses get strong protections from phishing attacks and business email compromise, in real time. It does take a few weeks for the AI system to become installed however, meaning this service cannot be trailed before deployment.

Sentinel also offers businesses protection against Domain Fraud with DMARC authentication. The platform has a good range of administration features, with threat quarantined automatically and analytics available into threats. The platform also offers strong outbound email security, with accounts suspected of being compromised automatically blocked. Barracuda Sentinel is a strong choice for businesses looking for powerful phishing protection, especially those who already use products in the Barracuda family.

Overall Score
Spear Phishing Protection
Business Email Compromise
AI Adaptiveness

Summary

Review date: February 14th 2019

Snapshot: ATP protects email networks from unknown and sophisticated attacks.

What is Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection?

Microsoft Advanced Threat protection is a cyber security platform made for Office 365 users. It’s a low cost option that sits on top of Office 365’s inbuilt secure email gateway to scan emails for threats inside the email network. It offers protection against threats like malicious links, phishing attacks and unsafe attachments. It also offers critical insights into who is being targeted within an organisation with reporting and URL tracing. This platform is completely integrated with Office 365. This makes it suited for organisations looking for an extra layer of advanced threat protection at a low cost.

For: SMBs looking for an extra layer of threat protection to block advanced email threats like malicious attachments and phishing.

Not For: Enterprise customers facing targeted spear phishing and business email compromise attacks.

Features:

  • Automatically scans all email attachments for malware
  • Scans all URLs with emails and Office documents to prevent the spread of viruses
  • Scans files within cloud storage platforms like DropBox and OneDrive for viruses
  • Uses Microsoft’s Spoof Intelligence platform to identify spam and viruses trying to spoof businesses domains
  • Applies machine learning and impersonation detection algorithms to scan incoming messages to filter out phishing and spear phishing emails
  • Real time protection from users clicking on malicious links
  • Reporting dashboard that allows you to investigate blocked messages and trace clicks on malicious content
  • Easy to deploy and manage, being fully integrated with Office 355

Expert Insight:

Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection offers a useful layer of extra protection for small and medium sized businesses who want an extra layer of protection against malicious threats and phishing attacks. It’s low cost, and easy to deploy and manage being fully integrated with Office 365. It does a good job at identifying and blocking spam emails. The machine learning and impersonation detection systems offer businesses a basic level of protection against phishing attacks. However. In October 2017, researchers announced that Microsoft had missed 34,000 phishing emails, demonstrating that it is not the most effective phishing protection platform.

The platform is not as advanced as some competitor services but does offer streamlined management and reporting. Microsoft ATP is a good layer of basic advanced threat protection, on top of O365’s in-built spam filter, which may be sufficient for SMBs looking for basic phishing or virus protection. But it should not be used to protect businesses from advanced or targeted social engineering attacks.

It’s important to note that this platform is still in development with multiple updates on the horizon. This includes Threat Intelligence capabilities, native link rendering and new quarantine capabilities. This shows that Microsoft is still investing time and resources into making this a better platform for businesses to use to protect themselves from advanced email threats such as phishing.