Barracuda Essentials

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Barracuda Essentials


Essentials is designed for O365 to stop spam, viruses, malware and DDoS attacks


MSPs & SMB looking for a low cost email security solution with strong protection, continuity and encryption.

What is Barrracuda Essentials

Barracuda is a 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 Essentials is an ‘all in one’ email security solution, comprised of email protection, continuity, encryption and optional email archiving and optional Office 365 backup. The email protection is a secure gateway, which blocks email threats before they enter your network / Office 365 / G-Suite. This package is aimed at giving small and medium sized organizations one solution for email security and data protection.

Features of Barracuda Essentials

  • Feature rich hosted email security offering comprehensive protection
  • Granular policy controls for admins
  • Virus scanning, spam scoring and real time analysis means there is robust filtering
  • Advanced Threat Protection and URL scanning included in the core service (other vendors charge for this)
  • Integrates with Office 365, making it a good ‘complimentary service’
  • Cost effective pricing
  • Strong technical support and management features
  • Host of Barracuda products which can be integrated including Sentinel service, which provides multi-layered protection against phishing and business email compromise
  • Outbound Filtering and encryption help to protect business against data loss
  • Additional add-on modules such as Archiving and Continuity
  • Customers have control over where their data is located

Expert Insight

Barracuda Essentials is a leading Email Secure Gateway platform designed for Office 365. Its core focus is giving smaller and medium sized companies a whole range of great features alongside traditional email security such as encryption and optional archiving. It offers strong protection against spam, viruses, malware and DDoS attacks. This platform also offers Continuity, meaning that you can continue to use it even if your email network goes down. The service has a range of security features and admin controls and is easy to use, although admins may need support with the more granular policies.

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Profile: Barracuda Essentials

Email Security Gateway
Campbell, CA, US
Cloud, MX Record Redirection
Starting Price:
$2.63 user/month (minimum 10 users)
Suitable For:
MSPs, Small Businesses on O365

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User Reviews

IT Manager

Existing Customer

Services, 100-250 employees

Used the product for: 1-2 years

May 9, 2019


"Good Email Filtering, Reduces The Spam We Get"

What did you like best when using this solution?

There are some good admin features like domain whitelisting. You can also manually deliver blocked messages if needed which I like. The management console is easy to use. The system is very conistent and almost never has any outages.

What did you dislike about using this solution?

The solution still lets some spam messages through, I would appreciate some more advanced admin controls to help remediate.

Describe your over overall experience with Barracuda Essentials. Did you find this product solved your business needs?

We are on Office 365. Barracuda Essentials is a strong platform for email filtering with good features. It's useful for encryption and protection against malware. Occasionally get phishing emails.

IT Specialist

Existing Customer

Manufacturing, 500-1,000 employees

Used the product for: 6-12 months

May 8, 2019


"Stops me getting spam and is easy to use"

What did you like best when using this solution?

The solution was very effective at blocking spam emails. It's also very easy to use, both for me as an admin, and for end users.

What did you dislike about using this solution?

The reporting could be expanded. Sometimes I've noticed some legitimate work email get flagged as spam.

Describe your over overall experience with Barracuda Essentials. Did you find this product solved your business needs?

Barracuda provides strong protection for incoming emails. It does a really good job of filtering spam. I do think the reporting could be improved, especially when showing why an email was flagged as spam, but it's very easy to use and intuitive.