Last year, Barracuda acquired Skout Security to enter the fast-growing XDR market.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

January 27, 2022

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Barracuda Networks has improved its MSP security offering with new capabilities to help MSPs build advanced security services for their customers.

Last year, Barracuda acquired Skout Security to enter the fast-growing extended detection and response (XDR) market. It has now integrated Barracuda Email Protection with Skout Managed XDR. This enables MSPs to provide their customers with email security capabilities within the Skout XDR platform.

These capabilities include impersonation and domain fraud protection, email gateway protection, and access to log data for analysis of threat detection and incident reporting.

A new alliance with SentinelOne provides both Barracuda Skout Managed XDR and Barracuda remote monitoring and management (RMM) with additional endpoint protection functionality. MSPs can now buy and use the SentinelOne solution with Barracuda’s Managed XDR service.

Barracuda Networks Solves MSPs’ Security Challenges

Neal Bradbury is senior vice president of Barracuda MSP.


Barracuda MSP’s Neal Bradbury

“As an increasing number of MSPs’ customers digitally transform, MSPs are no longer dealing with common threat vectors like endpoints, email or networks,” he said. “The attack surface has grown to include the edge, the cloud, SaaS applications and at-home routers. While MSPs have or will build security service offerings for each of these attack vectors, they are encountering another issue, which is the challenge of navigating through near-constant product updates and developments.”

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To top it off, cybercriminals are escalating their attack efforts, Bradbury said. Attacks are more sophisticated, socially engineered to bypass security products. Furthermore, they’re triggered to launch at all hours of the day.

MSPs are often thinly staffed and do not have the manpower or cycles to review all the logs, distinguish between a true incident that requires action from the noise, or the security skills required to analyze the data that security products are sharing with them, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” he said. “More importantly, MSPs must provide a timely response to these incidents to reduce the damage it can cause the customer.”

Skout Managed XDR Can Make a Difference

This is where the Skout Managed XDR can make a significant difference for an MSP, Bradbury said. MSPs gain visibility across the attack vectors. A team of security experts detect, analyze and triage security incidents 24/7 behind the scenes for them.

MSPs only receive confirmed incidents and remediation steps that require their action. In some cases, the team will remediate automatically based on the rules. This reduces the amount of tedious work the MSP has to do, so they can focus on growing their business.

Brandon Andrews is SentinelOne‘s vice president of worldwide MSP.

“Today’s distributed, hybrid workforces require businesses to identify new and innovative ways to improve their security postures,” he said. “We are proud to be teaming with Barracuda to offer solutions that will enable MSPs to help their customers close the security gaps that exist at the endpoint and beyond.”

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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