Keeping up with the most recent advanced threat trends can be a challenge in today’s constantly evolving security landscape. That’s why we’re excited to introduce Barracuda Security Insight. This new advisory platform provides real-time threat intelligence and security risk information that you can use to help your team and your customers stay aware of current global threat levels.
To give you a closer look at what the platform is, how it works, and how you can use it to help your MSP business and your customers, we spoke with Neal Bradbury, senior director of business development at Barracuda MSP and vice chair of CompTIA’s IT Security Community.
Security Insight Q&A with Neal Bradbury
How does Barracuda Security Insight work?
Barracuda Security Insight analyzes large amounts of data collected from Barracuda endpoints all over the world to identify and track current threats in real time. This analysis is based on activity from email, network perimeter, web access, and endpoint traffic. The platform then presents these findings in the form of easy-to-understand threat trends, detailed information about attacks, and an overall threat score.
How can MSPs access the platform?
MSPs can visit Barracuda Security Insight on the Barracuda website at http://csi.barracuda.com/. There are also open API integrations that make it easy to access Barracuda Security Insight from popular web portals and dashboards, as well as from digital assistants like Alexa. That’s my favorite part. If you have an Amazon ECHO or ECHO dot in your office, you and your team can simply ask Alexa for the today’s security insights to find out what’s happening.
What types of trends does Barracuda Security Insight reveal?
Here are just a few recent examples of the types of threat trends that the platform has identified:
- High volumes of weaponized PDFs are being transmitted. They’re easy to construct and often contain malicious links or active scripts. In fact, of all the PDFs Barracuda scanned in the past three months, 41 million were part of an attach.
- Compressed files are becoming a more popular method for transmitting disguised attacks or non-malware infections like PowerShell scripts. One example of this was the massive Locky ransomware attack in September 2017 that Barracuda detected and blocked.
How can MSPs use this information?
The information you get from Barracuda Security Insight will make it easier for you and your team to stay up to date on current threats and how they could affect your customers. The threat intelligence that you get from the platform also gives you powerful material that you can use to educate your customers and their end-users about current threats and how to avoid them. Making your customers more aware of the threat landscape can help them make smarter decisions about security that will improve their security posture. Think of it as a value-add that could lead to greater demand for security services down the road.