Nearly everyone who uses a PC, is familiar with Office 365 and, in particular, Outlook, its email application. While Outlook has won many fans for its ease of use, many people may not be aware that they would benefit from bolstering Outlook’s security. It’s worth doing, because, with about 269 billion* emails sent and received each day, the medium remains an easy target for cybercriminals if it’s not protected properly.

As a platform, email is ripe for credential phishing attempts, malware, spam, and business email compromises (BEC). The fact is that many data breaches start with a simple phishing email. These are cleverly designed to convince users to give up their credentials, or, worse still, to open a malware-laden attachment, or to click on or visit a malicious website. Forrester Analytics – the market research company that provides advice on the existing and potential impact of technology – conducted a survey with respondent data from global enterprise security decision makers. It showed that 27% of external attacks where an enterprise was breached were carried out using stolen credentials.

To protect effectively against these risks and to keep businesses secure, a multi-layered approach to email security is needed; that’s where Barracuda Total Email Protection can help.

Xeretec recommends Barracuda because it provides comprehensive security against advanced email-borne threats. Our enthusiasm for Barracuda is based on the fact, that, secure email gateways are no longer sufficient to defend against today's sophisticated social-engineering attacks. Not only do these attacks bypass traditional security, but they end up costing organisations time, money, and - in worse case scenarios – they can do irreversible damage to brand equity.

It’s our view that Barracuda Total Email Protection is the most effective solution to prevent targeted social-engineering attacks. We like how its multi-layered approach has been engineered to combine a secure email gateway, Al-powered fraud protection, and advanced security awareness training. For end users, this results in comprehensive protection against BEC compromises, account takeover, and other advanced email threats.

We particularly like how Barracuda offers API-based integration with Office 365, as well as real-time Al-powered anti-phishing protection. For those concerned about the long term effects of a security breach, Barracuda offers brand protection using DMARC reporting and enforcement. There’s also tamper-proof email archiving for compliance and e-discovery. All of these email security benefits come with simple setup and management, with zero impact on network performance.

We’re not the only ones to be enthusiastic about Barracuda. In its Enterprise Email Security Q2 2019 report, Forrester Wave’s research uncovered that Barracuda is among one of the market’s leaders. It observed that ‘…small and midsize enterprises, especially those that have moved to Office 365, should consider Barracuda.’ Forrester noted that Barracuda customers praise its innovation, its Office 365 integration, and its customer support, while the respected firm also noted that Barracuda also provides an innovative AI-based solution, Sentinel, to protect against phishing and BEC attacks.

Whatever the size of your business, any email risk is too big a risk. Talk to Xeretec today to learn how we can help you protect that ever-green of the business world – your emails.

*in 2017, according to Statista.

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