Barracuda Essentials

COMPANY: Barracuda

Email is the leading threat vector for ransomware, phishing, data theft, and other advanced threats. The Barracuda Essentials cloud-based service makes email safe for business with advanced threat protection, tamper-proof archiving, and data protection.

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Barracuda Essentials Review

Review date: February 15th 2019

Snapshot: Essentials stops spam, viruses, malware, phishing and DDoS attacks.

What is Barracuda Essentials?

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 Essentials is an ‘all in one’ email security solution, comprised of email protection, archiving and encryption. The email protection is a secure gateway, which blocks email threats before they enter your network. This package is aimed at giving small and medium sized organisations one solution for email security and data protection.

For: Small to midsized organisations looking for a low cost email security solution with strong protection, archiving, continuity and encryption.

Not For: Large organisations looking for granular admin control and advanced zero-day threat protection.

Barracuda Essentials Features:

  • 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 services included such as Archiving and Continuity
  • Allows option for users to choose where their own data is located
  • Recommend by customers

Expert Insight:

Barracuda Essentials is a market leading Email Secure Gateway platform. Its core focus is giving smaller and medium sized companies a whole range of great features alongside traditional email security such as encryption and archiving. It offers strong protection against spam, viruses, malware, phishing and DDoS attacks. This platform also offers Continuity, meaning that you can continue to use it even if your email network foes down. The product can also be easily integrated with a range of other Barracuda products, like the AI powered Advanced Threat Protection Service Barracuda Sentinel. This will be ideal for businesses who need multi-layered protection from email threats. 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.

There is strong value for money with this service. There are multiple features offered at a low cost, which makes it well suited to small and midsized organisations looking for strong phishing protection. We would recommend small companies consider Barracuda essentials for its features, pricing and technical support.

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Barracuda Vendor Overview

Barracuda Networks offers solutions designed to solve mainstream IT problems – efficiently and cost effectively – while maintaining a level of customer support and satisfaction second to none. Barracuda's products span three distinct markets, including;

  1. Content security,
  2. Networking and application delivery
  3. Data storage, protection and disaster recovery
Employees on LinkedIn 1366
Glassdoor Rating (309 reviews)
Founded 2003
Revenue $300 - $500 (USD) million per year
Headquarters Campbell, CA, US
Support Team Location(s) US, UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Australia, China, Japan & India
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Barracuda Essentials Features

Explore the key features offered by Barracuda Essentials. These features are what makes them unique and showcase what they can offer your business.

Barracuda Essentials Features

Feature Description
Threat Protection Impersonation detection with name filters, IP connection filtering, content filtering, attachment and URL scanning
Spam Filtering Effectiveness No SLA on spam filtering but effective service according to customers
Reporting and Logging Log tracking page allows admins to track and trace and search for both inbound and email
Admin Features Default cyber security policies, custom policies
End User Features End users can be granted access to their own user quarantine, user access to the client portal can be managed
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