Barracuda spam & virus firewall offers broader outbound email content filtering capabilities

Barracuda Networks Inc., provider of security, storage and networking solutions, has announced new features to its flagship Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall that enhance full inbound and outbound email scanning from the same appliance.  The new features extend the Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall's capabilities beyond spam and virus scanning for outbound email, which can safeguard an organisation's email reputation, and include broader content inspection based on policy for both inbound and outbound email on a single appliance. These enhancements ensure that confidential or sensitive information is not distributed outside the organisation. 

"It is crucial for organisations, especially within highly regulated industries, to have the ability to protect intellectual property and other sensitive information from being distributed," said Stephen Pao, vice president of product management for Barracuda Networks.  "The new Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall extends our powerful content scanning features and makes it easier for customers to manage both inbound and outbound email filtering from the same appliance."

Enforce Corporate Policies through Outbound Email Scanning
The new Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall allows administrators to define policies to prevent confidential or sensitive information from leaving the organisation.  For example, hospitals and other healthcare organisations that must comply with HIPAA policies that mandate the confidentiality of sensitive patient information such as social security or credit card numbers as well as personal health information can now apply pre-defined dictionaries to outbound email scanning to ensure compliance.  In addition, administrators can set up separate rules for inbound and outbound filtering, and review the outbound email quarantine for any policy violations before delivery.
Enterprise-Ready Management
Additionally, the Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall now offers increased granularity of its roles-based administration interface, enabling assignment of sender and recipient policies on a per-domain basis. These administration enhancements are useful for larger organisations that delegate administration across different divisions and for service providers offering granular policy controls directly to their end customers.  

Pricing and Availability
The Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall firmware release 4.1 is immediately available in eight models with prices ranging from 749 to 96,999. International pricing and availability varies based on region.
About the Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall
The Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall is available in eight models with no per user fees.  A single Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall supports up to 100,000 active users, and multiple units can be clustered together for even greater capacity and availability.  Its architecture leverages 12 defence layers: denial of service and security protection, rate control, IP analysis, sender authentication, recipient verification, virus protection, policy (user-specified rules), Fingerprint Analysis, Intent Analysis, Image Analysis, Bayesian Analysis, and a Spam Rules Scoring engine.  In addition, the entire Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall line features simultaneous inbound and outbound email filtering with the inclusion of sophisticated outbound email filtering techniques, such as rate controls, domain restrictions, user authentication (SASL), keyword and attachment blocking, triple-layer virus blocking, and remote user support for outbound email filtering.  The Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall's layered approach minimises the processing of each email, which yields the performance required to process millions of messages per day.  
About Barracuda Networks Inc.
Barracuda Networks Inc. combines premises-based gateways and software, cloud services, and sophisticated remote support to deliver comprehensive security, networking and storage solutions.  The company's expansive product portfolio includes offerings for protection against email, Web and IM threats as well as products that improve application delivery and network access, message archiving, backup and data protection. Coca-Cola, FedEx, Harvard University, IBM, L'Oreal, and Europcar are among the more than 100,000 organisations protecting their IT infrastructures with Barracuda Networks' range of affordable, easy-to-deploy and manage solutions.  Barracuda Networks is privately held with its International headquarters in Campbell, Calif.

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