Barracuda Essentials

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Frequently Asked Questions

Office 365 already has security and archiving features. Why would I need additional protection?

It’s true that certain Office 365 plans come with Exchange Online Protection and Compliance Center which provides an initial layer of security. However, many companies that have a significant volume of email realize email security included with Office 365 can be hard to manage and lacks granular controls they relied on when they had on-premises email. There are also instances when spam and email-borne threats can still reach your in boxes.

In addition to adding another layer or more granular security, Barracuda Essentials adds important email retention, archiving and e-discovery capabilities to Office 365. Many companies find email preservation in Office 365 is basic and doesn’t meet the needs of organizations facing any type of regulations or legal challenges.

Perhaps more importantly, it is never prudent to keep all of your emails in a single database with no backup or disaster recovery plan. Unfortunately, companies often realize too late that data can be lost due to user errors, corrupted file attachments and other problems outside the Microsoft cloud. Barracuda Essentials provides cloud-to-cloud backup of your emails and files to the Barracuda Cloud, OneDrive for Business or even to an on-premises server.

How does Barracuda add value to my Office 365 subscription?

Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 adds an additional level of protection from data loss while making your Office 365 implementation easier to manage.

  • Enhanced Email Security. The included email security service provides enhanced spam blocking and protection from email-borne threats such as malware, viruses and phishing emails. We also add a powerful, rules-based outbound email filter to prevent important data from leaving your organization. Email encryption adds yet another layer of security.
  • Cloud Archiving Service. Barracuda Essentials can use Office 365’s journaling feature to ensure that all emails are archived and can be easily searched.
  • Streamlined Backup and Recovery. The cloud-to-cloud backup service provides an unlimited backup of all of your emails and files, and the recovery process is much simpler and faster than the standard Office 365 recovery process.

How does Barracuda’s Email Security differ from Exchange Online Protection?

Barracuda Essentials provides additional layers of security to catch malware and phishing attempts which elude basic Exchange Online Protection. Barracuda Essentials also includes a number of features that are optional with Exchange Online Protection: advanced threat protection, anti-typosquatting protection, link protection and email encryption.

My Office 365 subscription includes the Compliance Center which has archiving and e-discovery included. Why would I need another archive?

Barracuda takes an alternative approach, by capturing a single immutable copy of every email. It minimizes risk by storing this copy outside the production email environment in a separate secure archive repository in the Barracuda Cloud. This straightforward approach ensures that original email data will be stored securely for as long as needed without risk of corruption or deletion. Compliance is easy to demonstrate, and end users can have read only access to search and retrieve email themselves at any time from any device.

My data is protected by Microsoft in their data centers. I didn’t think I would need to provide backup and recovery services anymore. What has changed?

More often than not, data is deleted only to later realize that it is still needed. While it is possible to recover deleted items from within Exchange Online and OneDrive for Business, the retention for these items is often inadequate. By using Barracuda’s Cloud-to-Cloud Backup for Office 365, you can eliminate the risk of items lost due to accidental deletion, as well as retain emails and files indefinitely if users were to leave your organization, all without having to purchase additional licenses. Additionally, you can delete inactive user accounts, freeing up additional Office 365 user licenses.

Why is advanced threat protection important for Office 365 users?

Basic built-in Office 365 email protection focuses on spam and viruses; it can’t detect or stop zero-day attacks, phishing attempts, and sophisticated malware threats. Barracuda Essentials uses the Cloud to place a protective barrier and secure “sandboxes” between the user’s Office 365 environment and any email attachment or link that is deemed to be suspicious.

How does Barracuda Essentials protect organizations from spear phishing and BEC?

Spear phishing attacks are highly personalized, and typically very low volume with no malicious attachments or links inside. Because of this, they are very hard to stop with existing email security solutions. As a complement to the Barracuda Essentials, Barracuda Sentinel is the leading comprehensive AI solution for real-time spear phishing and cyber fraud defense. Delivered as a cloud service, Barracuda Sentinel combines a powerful artificial intelligence engine, domain fraud visibility using DMARC, and anti-fraud training into a comprehensive solution that protects people, businesses, and brands from spear phishing, impersonation attempts, business email compromise (BEC), and cyber fraud. Learn more

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