Study Raises Awareness of Threat of Lateral Phishing Attacks
Aug21

Study Raises Awareness of Threat of Lateral Phishing Attacks

A recent study by the University of San Diego, University of California Berkeley, and Barracuda Networks has shed light on a growing threat to healthcare organizations – Lateral phishing. In a standard phishing attack, an email is sent containing an embedded hyperlink to a malicious website where login credentials are harvested. The emails contain a lure to attract a click. That lure is often tailored to the organization being attacked. These phishing emails are relatively easy to identify and block because they are sent from outside the organization. Lateral phishing is the second stage in the attack. When an email account is compromised, it is then used to send phishing emails to other employees within the organization. Phishing emails are also sent to companies and individuals with a relationship with the owner of the compromised account. This tactic is very effective. Employees are trained to be suspicious of emails from unknown senders. When an email is received from a person in the organization that usually corresponds with the employee via email, there is a much higher...

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New Report Highlights Impact Email Attacks are Having on Businesses
Jul29

New Report Highlights Impact Email Attacks are Having on Businesses

A new report from email security vendor Barracuda has revealed the extent to which email attacks are negatively impacting businesses and how many are struggling to deal with email-based threats. For its 2019 Email Security Trends report, Barracuda commissioned a survey of 660 IT stakeholders in the Americas, APAC, and EMEA regions to find out more about the threats they were facing, the cost of email-based attacks on their organization, how they rated their email security defenses, and their experiences and attitudes to insider threats and Office 365. The survey confirmed that email attacks are having a direct business impact. 74% of respondents said email attacks have had a major impact on their business and 78% said the cost of mitigating email attacks are increasing. The attacks often result in employee downtime, business disruption, loss of business, and damage to the reputation of the IT department. The attacks increase the stress level for IT professionals, as they find themselves having to work longer hours, including evenings and weekends to deal with the attacks. IT...

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Barracuda Launches New Security Insight Platform
Feb15

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...

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Barracuda Acquired by Thoma Bravo in $1.6 Billion Deal
Feb12

Barracuda Acquired by Thoma Bravo in $1.6 Billion Deal

The cloud security and data protection firm Barracuda Networks Inc., has been acquired by the private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo in a deal worth $1.6 billion. Financing for the acquisition was provided by Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Credit Suisse, and UBS Investment Bank. Barracuda will continue to operate as a privately held company. Barracuda shareholders will receive $27.55 per share of common stock they hold. “Thoma Bravo has an excellent history of investing in growing security businesses, and this transaction speaks to the value and strength of Barracuda’s security platform, which helps customers protect and manage their networks, applications, and data. I expect that our employees, customers, and partners will benefit from this partnership,” said BJ Jenkins, chief executive officer of Barracuda. Barracuda currently protects more than 150,000 customers from email, web, and network attacks with its platform used to protect workloads and applications from the full range of malicious attacks. Its cybersecurity solutions can be centrally managed in...

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Barracuda Networks Acquires Security Awareness Firm PhishLine
Jan03

Barracuda Networks Acquires Security Awareness Firm PhishLine

Barracuda Networks has announced it has acquired the security awareness and anti-phishing training firm PhishLine. The deal will see PhishLine’s training and phishing simulation platform incorporated into the Barracuda range of AI-driven anti-phishing solutions to provide more comprehensive protection for its customers. Technological defenses against spear phishing and phishing help companies to reduce risk to a reasonable level; however, no solution can be 100% effective against the barrage of spam and malicious emails now being sent by threat actors around the globe. Email is now the leading attack vector and highly sophisticated tactics are now used to bypass security controls and target employees. Social engineering techniques are used to fool employees into revealing their login credentials and install malware and ransomware. Security awareness training is therefore an important part of any cybersecurity strategy. Businesses must ensure that the workforce has the necessary skills to identify new threats and take the appropriate action. This is where PhishLine excels. The...

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Web Security Gateway Updated by Barracuda
Nov22

Web Security Gateway Updated by Barracuda

Barracuda Networks has announced new updates have been released for its Web Filter Gateways (version 11.0) that provide greater protection from advanced threats and ransomware. Customers can now benefit from Barracuda’s cloud-based microservice – Advanced Threat Detection – which provides greater protection from targeted attacks, including ransomware, thanks to integration with Barracuda Web Filter Gateways. The latest models of the Barracuda Web Security Gateway – models 610 and above – now include dedicated SSL acceleration hardware to speed up SSL inspection of encrypted web traffic. As more sites move to HTTPS, including those created by threat actors, it is essential for encrypted traffic to be inspected since these encrypted connections are now often used to hide inappropriate or malicious content. However, SSL inspection can put a strain on network performance as it is resource intensive. The new SSL acceleration hardware improves performance, doubling the speed of SSL inspection. The Web Filter Gateways now integrate seamlessly with Barracuda NextGen firewalls and...

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Barracuda Improves Deployment Choices for its Web Filtering Solution
Jun17

Barracuda Improves Deployment Choices for its Web Filtering Solution

While many organizations choose a combined firewall and web filtering solution, in order to balance security with performance, many choose to keep both functions separate. Barracuda Networks has announced that it has now improved its web security deployment choices, allowing customers to choose an integrated firewall/web security solution or run both as separate appliances. “The recent enhancements made to Barracuda’s firewall and web security products allow customers to deploy best-in-class web security architectures, either integrated as a feature of their next-generation firewalls, or integrated as discrete firewall and web security appliances,” said Stephen Pao, GM Security, Barracuda. The Barracuda next generation firewall now has the capability to silently redirect traffic through the web filter without inline connections, with the feature made available on both the Barracuda Firewall and the Barracuda NextGen firewall. Organizations that run the firewall and web filter on separate appliances can gain several performance benefits, since there are different...

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