Essentials for Office 365

Essentials for Office 365

Comprehensive Protection from Email-Based Threats

Microsoft’s Office 365 is a great product and making tremendous strides in the market, but to keep your demanding users ecstatic - you'll need more! Barracuda is a top Microsoft Partner and Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 includes multi-layer security, backup/restore, and archiving for compliance that compliment your Office 365 investment.

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Barracuda Essentials provides critical multi-layer security, archiving, and backup for Offce 365, allowing organizations to prepare, migrate and operate faster, safer, and more effciently. With complete protection of email, data, and cloud infrastructures, Barracuda Essentials gives our customers peace of mind.

Migrating your email to the cloud gives your organization the convenience of easy access to email and documents with reduced management overhead. However, trusting your most important data to the cloud raises new concerns about security, compliance and data protection.

  • How can you protect your organization's email against all of the threats that target you every day?
  • You need to demonstrate compliance and retention if all emails are stored in the same production environment
  • What about human-caused data loss?

Essentials for Office 365 Information

  • Key Features

    Migrating your email to the cloud gives your organization the convenience of easy access to email and documents with reduced management overhead. However, trusting your most important data to the cloud raises new concerns about security, compliance and data protection.

    • How can you protect your organization's email against all of the threats that target you every day?
    • You need to demonstrate compliance and retention if all emails are stored in the same production environment
    • What about human-caused data loss?

    Comprehensive Email Threat Protection

    Today’s IT professionals need an easy-to-manage email security solution that protects against phishing, malware, and ransomware. Along with multi-layer email security, the Barracuda Email Security Service provides email continuity and data leakage prevention.

    Advanced Threat Detection is also included with Barracuda’s Email Security Service, which sandboxes suspicious email attachments and scans them for malware. Link Protection redirects suspicious and typosquatted URLs so malware is never inadvertently downloaded by recipients.

    Archiving for Compliance

    Barracuda Cloud Email Archiving Service integrates with Office 365 to create a cloud based, indexed archive allowing granular retention policies, extensive search, auditing/ permissions, legal hold, and export helping to facilitate eDiscovery and retention.

    Litigation holds preserve email from being tampered with until the litigation hold expires or is removed. Native and mobile apps provide intuitive interfaces that simplify search to ensure messages are found easily even when email services are unavailable.

    Backup and Recovery

    While Office 365 is a great option for companies wanting highly scalable and redundant architectures to mitigate natural and mechanical failures, there are inherent risks associated with cloud-hosted data.

    Human-caused data loss - be it intentional or accidental - still exists as data can still be permanently deleted from cloud applications. Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup for Microsoft Office 365 protects Exchange Online mailboxes and OneDrive for Business files and folders for data loss and accidental deletion.

  • Essentials for Office 365 Editions

    If you would like to speak to someone about which model is right for your organization, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Features Email
    Email Security
    Adv. Email Security
    & Compliance
    Complete Protection
    & Compliance
    Price (minimum 25 users) $0.90 or less
    per user/month
    $1.70 or less
    per user/month
    $3.00 or less
    per user/month
    $4.50 or less
    per user/month
    Description Email Security Adds Advanced Threat Detection Adds Cloud Archiving Service Adds Cloud Backup Service

    Essentials for Email Security

    Industry-leading spam filtering Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Virus protection using three layers of virus scanning and filtering Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Email-borne malware protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Outbound filtering to prevent spread of malware and viruses Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Data leak prevention to protect unauthorized disclosure of sensitive data Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Automatically encrypts emails based on their content, sender or recipient Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Cloud-based email encryption using Transport Layer Security (TLS) Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Centralized management of granular security policies Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Ensure email continuity with a 96-hour spool for undelivered emails Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Anti-phishing protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Link protection (sandboxing suspicious and typosquatted URLs) Yes Yes Yes Yes

    Advanced Threat Detection

    Protect against zero-hour, targeted attacks Yes Yes Yes
    Protection against ransomware variants including Locky and CryptoLocker Yes Yes Yes
    Real-time email attachments scans Yes Yes Yes
    Sandboxing of attachments Optional at $1.30/user/month Yes Yes Yes

    Cloud Archiving Service

    Archive messages, calendars, tasks, contacts and public folders Yes Yes
    Archive Skype for Business conversations Yes Yes
    Archive directly from Office 365 to cloud-based archive Yes Yes
    No hardware, software or agents required Yes Yes
    Automatic archiving of emails with granular retention policies Yes Yes
    Preserves emails in the secure Barracuda cloud Yes Yes
    Apply legal holds to emails Yes Yes
    Roles-based searching to simplify eDiscovery Yes Yes
    Full featured Outlook plug-ins and mobile apps for end user access Yes Yes
    No cost for data import or export Yes Yes

    Cloud Backup Service

    Protects Exchange Online mailboxes Yes
    Protects OneDrive for Business files Yes
    SharePoint Online protection for documents, document libraries, site assets, and picture libraries Yes
    Protects against accidental deletion Yes
    Simple wizard-based recovery to the cloud or a local device Yes
    Multi-selection restores Yes
    Automated or manual backups Yes
  • Features

    Email Security

    • Cloud-based protection against:
      • Spam
      • Email-borne viruses (inbound and outbound)
      • Email-based malware
      • Phishing emails
      • Undelivered emails
      • Unsecured emails
      • Denial-of-Service attacks

    Web-based Management

    • Managed via Barracuda Cloud Control
    • Convenient configuration and management
    • Web-based management portal
    • LDAP and Multi-factor authentication
    • Centrally manage security policies
    • Access reports from any location
    • Mobile applications
    • Mixed-mode for managing existing Barracuda products


    • Archive directly from Offce 365 to cloud-based archive
    • PST management for legacy email
    • Granular retention policies
    • Native and mobile apps for easy access
    • Full text search with multiple operators
    • Standard and custom policies:
      • Foul language
      • Personal email use
      • Personally identifiable information
    • Violation alert digests
    • Legal hold

    PST Management

    • Locates PST files wherever they exist
    • Determines ownership intelligently based on content
    • Discovers all PST files regardless of location and state
    • Zero footprint client minimizes impact on end users
    • Parallel processing avoids throttling & improves performance
    • Minimizes network impact by migration directly to archive
    • Selective processing migrates only data that is needed


    • Backup and recovery for Exchange Online and OneDrive for Business
    • Centralized administration
    • Custom retention policies
    • Granular scheduling and restores
    • Automated or manual backups
    • Multi-selection restores
    • Restore back to Exchange Online, OneDrive for Business, or download files locally.

    Secure Cloud Data Centers

    • AES 256-bit encryption at rest and in transit
    • Public key cryptography (RSA 1024)
    • File name stripping
    • Keys not held on Backup appliance’s long-term memory
    • Isolated customer metadata databases
    • Redundant storage (geographic or within colo)
    • Data stored in-country (based on colo)
    • Tier 3 & 4 data centers
    • SSAE 16 or SOC audited data centers
  • Essentials for Office 365 Documentation



  • Office 365 already has security and archiving features. Why would I need additional protection?

    While it's true that some Office 365 plans include Exchange Online Protection and Compliance Centre, many organizations with a large amount of email find that the email security that's included with Office 365 can be difficult to manage, and also that it doesn't have the level of granularity in it's controls that they used to have when their email was on premises.

    Barracuda Essentials adds retention of important email (as well as archiving and capabilities of eDiscovery) to Office 365. Many organizations find the preservation of email in Office 365 is rather basic and when a firm could potentially face any kind of regulations or legal challenges, that it doesn't quite meet their needs.

    Sadly, many organizations realize too late, that their information could be lost as a result of issues that don't involve the Microsoft cloud. Barracuda Essentials gives your firm cloud-to-cloud backup of files and emails to OneDrive for Business, the Barracuda Cloud or your on-premises server. It's never a good idea to keep all your email in a single database or location with no backup / disaster recovery plan.

    What does Barracuda add to my Office 365 subscription?

    Essentials for Office 365 makes your Office 365 implementation easier to manage, and gives your organization an extra level of protection from data loss

    • Enhanced Email Security. Email security service provides your organization an enhanced protection from malware and viruses, in addition to spam blocking. Barracuda also adds some powerful outbound email filters that stop important data from leaving your organization. Added to that, is an additional layer of security from email encryption.
    • Cloud Archiving Service. Barracuda Essentials is able to use the journaling feature of Office 365 to make sure that all emails which are archived are able to be searched easily.
    • Streamlined Backup and Recovery. You get unlimited backup of your files and emails - and the process for recovering them is way more fast and simple than the typical Office 365 process.

    How does Barracuda’s Email Security differ from Exchange Online Protection?

    Barracuda Essentials provides additional layers of security to catch malware and phishing attempts which elude basic Exchange Online Protection. Barracuda Essentials also includes a number of features that are optional with Exchange Online Protection: advanced threat detection, anti-typosquatting protection, link protection and email encryption.

    My Office 365 subscription includes Compliance Center (includes archiving and eDiscovery) why do I need another archive?

    Barracuda takes an alternative approach, by capturing a single immutable copy of every email. It minimizes risk by storing this copy outside the production email environment in a separate secure archive repository in the Barracuda Cloud. This straightforward approach ensures that original email data will be stored securely for as long as needed without risk of corruption or deletion. Compliance is easy to demonstrate, and end users can have read only access to search and retrieve email themselves at any time from any device.

    My data is protected by Microsoft in their data centers. I didn’t think I would need to provide backup and recovery services anymore.

    Its not unusual for employees to delete data only to realize later that they still need it! You're able to recover deleted items within Exchange Online and OneDrive for Business, but many find that the retention is often inadequate. When you use Barracuda’s Cloud-to-Cloud Backup for Office 365, you eliminate the risk of items lost due to accidental deletion, and you also retain files and emails indefinitely.

    Advanced threat detection for Office 365 users - Important?

    The basic built-in Office 365 email protection that's included focuses on spam and viruses - but isn't able to detect or stop phishing attempts, zero-day attacks, and sophisticated malware threats. Barracuda Essentials uses the Cloud to place a protective barrier and secure “sandboxes” between the user’s Office 365 environment and any email attachments or links that are determined to be suspicious in nature.

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