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Barracuda Email Threat Scanner detects millions of attacks missed by organisations

Barracuda Email Threat Scanner detects millions of attacks missed by organisations

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Barracuda, a trusted partner and leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions, has announced a redesigned version of the Barracuda Email Threat Scanner, a free tool that helps businesses detect email threats that got past their email gateway.

The threats include highly targeted attacks such as spear phishing, business email compromise, conversation hijacking and services impersonation, among many others.

Each scan provides a report on attacks found inside the environment, as well as at-risk domains and employees. This, stated Barracuda, helps organisations identify gaps in existing email protection and assess email security vulnerabilities.

In 2020, 4,550 organisations used Barracuda Email Threat Scanner to scan 2,600,531 unique mailboxes and found 2,029,413 unique attacks. On average, 512 attacks were found per organisation and one out of seven mailboxes (14%) had at least one attack currently sitting inside, even if messages were scanned by an email gateway solution.

“Spear phishing threats are more dangerous than ever due to the sophistication of attackers and while organisations have invested in protection against email threats, many of these attacks slip through gateways, landing in users’ inboxes,” said Don MacLennan, SVP, Engineering and Product Management, Email Protection, Barracuda. “As these numbers show, traditional email gateways are not enough. Customers should also use API-based inbox defences to maximise their protection.”

Chris Riley, Director, System Source, said: “It’s critical to help our customers assess and understand email security vulnerabilities. The Barracuda Email Threat Scanner helps us quickly and effectively find social engineering attacks that might be going undetected in mailboxes and help close the gaps in those areas for our customers. The Email Threat Scanner makes the ‘invisible’ security threats visible, so that our customers see what they are up against and act to put a Barracuda solution in place quickly.”

Kristian Connor, Director, Xitenys, added that: “Many email threats slip past the email gateway. Threats like spear phishing and business email compromise put companies at significant risk. Barracuda Email Threat Scanner detects these threats and helps us uncover additional ways we can help customers protect their people and data.”

“Using Barracuda Email Threat Scanner we’ve helped our customers uncover serious threats hiding in their Office 365 environment in a fast, free and safe way. Not only does this make our customers more secure, but it helps us show the value of the solutions we offer them,” said Troy Radloff, General Manager, Alliance Business Tech The refreshed Barracuda Email Threat Scanner brings a complete user interface update to the scanner’s dashboard. The attacks detected fall into four email threat types namely phishing, scamming, extortion and business email compromise (BEC).

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