Barracuda Launches New Security Insight Platform

The cloud security and data protection company Barracuda has launched a new Security Insight platform that offers real-time threat intelligence and security risk data on the latest threats around the world.

Having visibility into the latest threats allows security teams to take proactive steps to improve their defenses against real-world threats and assess the current threat level. Via the platform, users can view summaries and detailed information on web, email, endpoint, and network attacks tracked by Barracuda.

For many companies, it is only when a cyberattack and data breach occurs that they become aware of a new threat. Threat intelligence such as that provided through Barracudas Security Insight raises awareness of attacks that are currently taking place around the globe – Awareness of those threats helps businesses take action to improve their security posture.

Barracuda performs large-scale analyses of data collected from a wide range of sources which is summarized and presented through the Security Insight platform. The summaries are easy to read and provide bite-sized chunks of highly relevant data, with users able to drill down for more detailed information if required. The platform also provides an aggregate score on the current threat level, broken down by network, web, and email attacks.

The platform has already identified PDF files to be the leading weaponized file type. Out of all PDF files scanned by Barracuda in the past three months, 41 million were being used in some form of attack. JavaScript and Visual Basic scripts are also commonly used in more sophisticated attacks. Barracuda reports that 75% of scripts are malicious. The platform also shows the use of compressed files for malicious purposes is also increasing, especially to hide non-malware infections such as PowerShell scripts.  One recent ransomware campaign, that involved 27 million emails, used PowerShell scripts to download the malicious payload with the scripts disguised in compressed files.

The Security Insight platform provides information on email attacks with malicious attachments and hyperlinks, malware, ransomware and botnets. Insights are provided into attacks on the network perimeter including brute force attacks, DDoS attacks, and 0-day exploits of new vulnerabilities.

Information is provided on web browser attacks involving currently exploited vulnerabilities, ransomware and malware, and spyware, botnets, IoT malware, and compromised dead apps.

Barracuda is currently offering access to Security Insights free of charge via its website, with APIs also available to integrate the intelligence into applications, web portals, and digital assistants.

Author: Steve Alder has many years of experience as a journalist, and comes from a background in market research. He is a specialist on legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA. Steve holds a B.Sc. from the University of Liverpool.