As a long time Microsoft and Barracuda partner, we recently blogged about Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 and how Essentials provides enhanced email security, compliance archiving and cloud-to-cloud backup. Essentials provides another layer of security and protection to Microsoft Office 365. On March 22nd, Barracuda wrote a great blog post Widespread Office 365 Outage Underscores the Need for Email Continuity which pointed to a recent Office 365 outage which affected customers and their ability to send and receive emails. Read the full blog post here.Read more
In recent months, we’ve been seeing increased interest from our SMB customers around moving to the public cloud. When considering a move to the cloud, it’s critical to consider a cloud-based security solution just as you would for an on-premises environment. Our friends at Barracuda have developed the Barracuda cloud that thoroughly addresses security concerns through their Continuous Threat Protection, Secure Storage and Centralized Management product offerings. Benefits of adding the Barracuda Cloud layer to a public cloud environment include performance assurance, ease of use, added layers of protection and cost effectiveRead more
Last week Barracuda announced a refresh for the Backup product line which increased the sizes of appliances. According to the Barracuda press release found here, “The new Barracuda Backup appliances provide expanded capacity for physical appliance models, by as much as 100 percent more capacity on entry-level systems. The new platform also includes performance updates that speed up the backup, restore and replication processes. The capacity upgrades deliver a lower cost per Terabyte, and the performance enhancements allow customers to back up and replicate data faster, meet backup windows and get data offsiteRead more
Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 is a powerful solution that provides enhanced email security, compliance archiving and cloud-to-cloud backup. Recently, Barracuda has announced the cloud-to-cloud backup of SharePoint Online is now available.
According to this Barracuda blog post, “Microsoft SharePoint Online backup provides granular backup and recovery options with the ability to restore individual files that have been deleted, corrupted, or encrypted by ransomware. With this release, there is no need to perform a complete a full recovery of the SharePoint environment. This function is available in Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup andRead more
Securityweek is reporting that a new Locky variant, Osiris, is being distributed through the use of Excel documents. Specifically, the victim gets an email with the malicious Excel document attached as a .zip file. When the Excel document is opened, the user is asked to allow macros in order to view the content. If the user allows the macro to run, it will download a DLL file to the Windows Temp folder and then execute the file using the Windows rundll32.exe program. The file extension will probably be renamed soRead more
Email-based threats such as the CryptoLocker virus are ever changing. Hackers are continuing to evolve tactics to evade detection and compromise data. Our friends at Barracuda continue to identify new threats and explore how they gain access to unprotected networks.
Exchange Online Protection (EOP), a cloud-based email filtering service that helps protect organizations against spam and malware, is an option for both Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange 2013. EOP replaced Microsoft’s Forefront security program, although the basic code has barely changed from the Forefront security offered with Exchange 2010. With EOP, Microsoft added email policy management and enabled the product to work bidirectionally, meaning EOP also provides a level of data loss prevention for Exchange 2013 and Office 365 users. Read the Barracuda Solution Brief here.Read more
Making the move to Office 365 provides organizations with many benefits; from increased end-user productivity to reduced cost and complexity of maintaining on-site hardware. Additionally, Microsoft reduces the risk of downtime substantially by running applications across highly available architectures spread across different regions. While application downtime is reduced in Office 365, the risk of data loss due to human error is not. While Office 365 does provide customers with some protection against loss of data, often the window for data recovery is short and the recovery options limited. Seeking anRead more