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Barracuda Essentials Pricing

In this article, we explore Barracuda Essentials pricing to help you determine if it is the right solution for your organization to block cyberattacks conducted via email and provide a comparison with a leading Barracuda Essentials alternative.

Email Security is an Essential Part of HIPAA Compliance

HIPAA-regulated entities are required to implement appropriate administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and security of electronic protected health information. Technical safeguards should be implemented to protect against email-based attacks, which are a leading cause of healthcare data breaches. An often-quoted statistic is 91% of all successful data breaches start with a phishing email, highlighting the importance of email security.

Phishing emails are used to trick employees into divulging sensitive information such as their email credentials or installing malware, by clicking a link to a malicious website or opening a malicious email attachment. Social engineering techniques are often used to convince employees to take these actions. Phishing attacks can be sophisticated and difficult to distinguish from the genuine email communications they spoof.

Email security gateways are the primary defense against email phishing and malware attacks. All emails sent to the organization must pass a series of checks at the email security gateway in order to be delivered to inboxes, including antivirus scans and checks against blacklists of malicious IP addresses and domains. Advanced email security solutions include a sandbox where attachments are subjected to in-depth analysis and artificial intelligence/machine learning technology to identify zero-day attacks.

Email security solutions block in excess of 99% of spam and phishing emails and 100% of known malware, with advanced solutions also able to identify and block the delivery of most zero-day threats. An advanced email security solution will greatly reduce the risk of a cyberattack and data breach and are essential for HIPAA compliance.

Healthcare Cybersecurity Budgets are Stretched

According to the 2022 State of Security Report from Tripwire, only 22% of IT managers in healthcare are confident that they are provided with sufficient funds for cybersecurity. There are often competing priorities and, at a typical hospital, only 5% of the IT budget is spent on cybersecurity. While 59% of healthcare organizations said they were planning on increasing their cybersecurity budgets in 2022, the majority are increasing their budgets by less than 10%.

With budgets for cybersecurity strained and cyberattacks on the healthcare industry reaching record levels, it is important to invest wisely in cybersecurity. If it is possible to make savings on email security solutions without reducing the level of protection, more money will be available to invest in other cybersecurity defenses to improve your overall security posture.

Barracuda Essentials Pricing

The cost of email security solutions can vary considerably from provider to provider, so how does Barracuda Essentials pricing compare? Here we provide a comparison of Barracuda Essentials pricing and a leading Barracuda Essentials alternative, SpamTitan from TitanHQ.

The Barracuda Essentials pricing policy includes protection against spam, viruses, malware, and phishing. The solution has granular policy controls, provides robust filtering through virus scanning, URL scanning, spam scoring, and real-time analysis of emails, with some advanced threat protection provided, although more advanced protection against advanced phishing, spear phishing, and social engineering attacks is available with Barracuda Sentinel at a higher cost.

SpamTitan includes all of the important threat blocking features of Barracuda Essentials, with additional features that are only available with other Barracuda email security packages, such as email authentication with DMARC and artificial intelligence systems to provide real-time threat detection against spear-phishing and spoofing associated with business email compromise attacks.

Barracuda Essentials pricing based on 250 users as of June 2021 is $2.66 per user, per month, which is $7,980 per year. SpamTitan pricing for 250 users, by comparison, is $1.08 per user, per month or $3,225 for a yearly subscription, which is a considerable saving. The purpose of this comparison is to demonstrate that even though budgets for cybersecurity may be stretched, it is possible to find security solutions that will help with HIPAA compliance and block threats and to make your cybersecurity budgets go further.