The threat landscape is becoming more complex every day. Ransomware attacks are on the rise, and experts have even declared 2016 the year of ransomware. Theft of “hard” intellectual property increased 56 percent in 2015, and 38 percent more security incidents were detected in 2015 than in 2014, according to The Global Sate of Information Security Survey 2016 by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
All of this means that IT security is more important than ever for MSPs and their SMB customers. That’s why we’re so excited to introduce our newest MSP-optimized offering: the Barracuda NextGen Firewall – Intronis MSP Edition. It’s a turnkey solution that optimizes the security, performance, and availability of your customers’ networks.
Personally, it’s the product launch that I’ve been looking forward to the most since I started working with Intronis last fall because it really is a game-changer for us and for our MSP partners. Adding the Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series to our portfolio of MSP solutions further brings to life our ability to serve as an MSP's single-source data protection provider. MSPs can now turn to us to protect customers’ data both proactively and reactively, preventing data loss from happening in the first place and recovering business-critical data if something does end up going wrong.
I see three key reasons that the Barracuda NextGen Firewall – Intronis MSP Edition is ideally suited for MSPs.
1. Robust Security
Powered by Barracuda’s next-generation security technology, our firewall is designed to help you easily detect advanced threats — such as malware, ransomware, and zero-day exploits — and prevent them from compromising your customers’ networks and stealing critical data. Here’s a quick look at some of the functionality that makes that level of security possible:
- Advanced Threat Protection – Welcome to security sandboxing for MSPs! Files are checked against a cryptographic hash database that is constantly being updated, and potential threats are emulated safely in a virtual sandbox to uncover any malicious activity.
- Intrusion Detection and Prevention – IDS/IPS capabilities are battle-tested and use real-time updates for complete protection. Our firewalls use advanced protection features such as stream segmentation and packet anomaly protection, TCP split handshake protection, IP and RPC defragmentation, FTP evasion protection, and URL and HTML decoding to identify and block advanced techniques used by attackers.
- Malware Protection – Malware is usally the starting point for attacks, and we have dual antivirus engines scan web content, emails, and file transfers to shield the network from malicious content.
2. Centralized Management
Our firewall is a great fit for MSPs because it simplifies deployment and administration of multiple devices. It doesn’t matter if you have a customer with multiple locations or many customers with one location; the F-Series uses a centralized NextGen Control Center to manage all firewalls. The firewall’s template-based configuration makes rollout fast, and you can easily generate reports on any or all of the firewalls you have in place. Plus, managing multiple Barracuda NextGen Firewalls takes the same amount of time as managing one.
3. No Upfront Costs
Like the rest of the solutions in our MSP portfolio, the firewall is available on a subscription basis, which means you have a fixed monthly fee and no big upfront costs. This makes the firewall a budget-friendly security solution for you and your SMB customers, and it helps you streamline your pricing strategy.
Our F-Series firewall has been in the market for a while, and it has been deployed to protect many organizations. I'm excited for it to be the next offering in our MSP solution portfolio because you can expand your data protection practices with security and data protection solutions from a single provider.
The Barracuda NextGen Firewall - Intronis MSP Edition, like all our other MSP offerings, is available on a subscription basis and backed by the Intronis MSP Solutions team's award-winning Partner Success resources, which include on-demand training and certification and rebrandable marketing materials. You can use our products to keep customers safe and the resources to educate them on cybersecurity trends, phishing, whaling, ransomware, and all of the risks that exist today.
Our goal is to help you keep your customers’ data — and their businesses — even safer.