What is a cloud generation firewall?

Posted by Anne Campbell on Nov 15, 2017 10:31:18 AM

As businesses adopt more public cloud solutions over time, MSPs need to be prepared to protect customers’ data in this new environment. An important part of that is understanding the difference between the security requirements of the public cloud and an on-premises network. Working with partners that have deep security experience and offer solutions designed specifically for the public cloud will help MSPs make this transition successfully.

That’s why we’re excited to share that Barracuda recently introduced expanded public cloud functionality for both the Barracuda NextGen Firewall and the Barracuda Web Application Firewall. These updated firewalls allow for usage-based billing and automated security controls for DevSecOps workflows, features that help simplify the path to the public cloud for MSPs and their customers.

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Topics: Announcements, Cyber Security

Tip Tuesday: How to seize the managed security services opportunity

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Nov 14, 2017 8:47:00 AM

Technical talent and resources are limited, which is causing more SMBs to outsource their IT department to managed service providers. To compete in this space, managed service providers need to start adding security services to their offering. In a recent study conducted by The 2112 Group and Barracuda MSP, it was found that only 15 percent of IT providers offer some type of security service today. This creates a tremendous opportunity for managed service providers to start adding these services for their SMB customers.

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Topics: Cyber Security

Tip Tuesday: Protection in cloud-based & hosted environments

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Oct 31, 2017 8:26:00 AM

Cyber threats are constantly evolving, and the days where a spam-filter or a basic firewall were enough to protect your network are long gone. Now, managed service providers and their SMB customers need to adopt new technologies to keep up with today’s advanced threats.

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Topics: Cyber Security, Tip Tuesday

Webinar: Managed firewalls and more for MSPs

Posted by Anne Campbell on Sep 29, 2017 1:06:50 PM

With National Cyber Security Awareness Month just around the corner (not to mention the recent Equifax breach), we've got cyber security on our minds more than usual here at Barracuda MSP. And we know we're not alone. A recent study conducted by The 2112 Group and Barracuda MSP shows that although only 15 percent of the IT channel companies surveyed currently offer security services, 62 percent are looking to add or expand those services in the next 12 months.

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Topics: Events and Webinars, Cyber Security

Video: The State of European Managed Services

Posted by Anne Campbell on Sep 28, 2017 9:40:00 AM

The State of European Managed Services, is a new report from The 2112 Group and Barracuda MSP, and it shows more European organizations are turning to the IT channel for help in the form of managed services. Fear of falling victim to a cyberattack and concerns about compliance and regulations, such as GDPR, are two of the main drivers behind this trend.

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Topics: Cyber Security

Webinar: Managed security services starts internally

Posted by Dan Wensley on Jul 14, 2017 7:45:00 AM

The majority of IT service providers (ITSPs) are doing an outstanding job delivering security solutions to their customers. However, as the saying goes: “The cobbler’s children have no shoes.” 

There may be no better example of this than how service providers are implementing password security and technician access management for the hundreds or thousands of client passwords they use every day. Password security and access management for both your own technicians and client credentials could be the largest flaw in the MSP services stack today. 

ITSPs are starting to take a second look and mature their internal security processes in order to better serve and protect their customers, though. 

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Topics: Cyber Security

Pride goeth before the IT security fall

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 23, 2017 11:47:23 AM

Most organizations are in a state of denial when it comes to IT security. In fact, most of them think they’re doing a good job on IT security even after they’ve been a breached. A new survey of 400 IT leaders in the U.S. and United Kingdom conducted by Sapio Research on behalf of SolarWinds MSP finds that 87 percent of respondents are still confident in the IT security technologies and processes they’ve implemented — even though 71 percent admit they’ve experienced a breach in the past 12 months.

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Topics: Cyber Security

Navigating conversations with customers about WannaCry ransomware

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on May 18, 2017 9:35:00 AM

By now, you’ve probably heard all the buzz around the most recent ransomware attack called WannaCry. So far, a reported 150 countries have been affected, and according to BBC news, the fast-spreading ransomware is finally starting to slow down. While no one is certain how long this attack will last, the importance of having conversations about cyber security with your customers is at an all-time high.

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Topics: Cyber Security

Email, the primary vector for cyber attacks

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on May 17, 2017 10:05:00 AM

In in the wake of last week’s attacks, new facts are still surfacing about WannaCry ransomware. The ransomware leverages a known vulnerability called EternalBlue that is widespread in older Windows operating systems and was patched in a security update Microsoft released in early March. This vulnerability allows the malware to travel from system to system, which makes systems that were left unpatched easy to attack with just one malicious email.

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Topics: Cyber Security

Number of customers ready for IT security services is increasing

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 9, 2017 12:13:27 PM

The trouble with providing managed IT security services of any kind is that most organizations don’t do all that much to limit their risks. Historically, it's only been a matter of time before there’s an incident, and regardless of the level of service being paid for, the managed service provider gets stuck cleaning up the mess. Before too long, there are so many messes that the MSP winds up losing money because the cost of support exceeds the revenue being generated. Because of that issue, most MSPs are circumspect about the types of customers they are willing to support.

The good news is that a new survey of 350 companies in the U.S. published by CompTIA suggests that the number of organizations with a mature enough appreciation for IT security is increasing. That means, in theory, the number of customers that it’s economically viable to provide managed security services to is increasing.

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Topics: Cyber Security

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