Barracuda Email Security Gateway Overview

Barracuda Email Security Gateway is the #4 ranked solution in our list of top Email Security tools. It is most often compared to Fortinet FortiMail: Barracuda Email Security Gateway vs Fortinet FortiMail

What is Barracuda Email Security Gateway?

With the Barracuda Email Security Gateway, protecting against inbound malware, spam, phishing, and Denial of Service attacks ensures that business productivity isn’t impacted by attacks through the email system. Powerful and customizable policies enable further enforcement of detailed requirements that govern inbound email messages.

Barracuda Email Security Gateway is also known as Barracuda Spam and Virus Firewall.

Barracuda Email Security Gateway Buyer's Guide

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Barracuda Email Security Gateway Customers

Evolution Recruitment Solutions, Evans Delivery Company, Osoyoos Credit Union, Synovis Life Technologies, Camden County Technical Schools, DEK, Evans Delivery Company, Colgate Rochester Crozer, Hemmera, South Carolina Heart Center, Ferma Corporation, Major League Baseball (MLB), Healy Brothers Automotive Group

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Barracuda Email Security Gateway pricing:
  • "As far as advanced email security systems, this product is mid-range on the pricing scale."
  • "The pricing for the product is fine."
  • "It is a cost-effective and relatively cheap solution as compared to others. Our customers have a yearly subscription. We do have a few customers with monthly subscriptions, but they have cloud-based Email protection, which is a different type of solution. Both solutions are very good."
  • "We paid for an annual license."
  • "We pay between $8 and $10 USD per user per month."

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Ajai Jayakumar
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Has intelligent sensing of attacks and offers assistance for load balancing but support is lacking

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use of this solution is for the main features: intelligent sensing of attacks and the assistance for load balancing. The features are very good. The system is intelligent enough to determine which emails are genuine and deliverable and which are spam or phishing or other types of potential attacks. It processes emails in real-time and it can protect your email server and provide good security for an organization's network.

Pros and Cons

  • "It is an excellent, intelligent solution that provides maximum security from email attacks."
  • "The technical support is not available globally 24/7 and this is the biggest problem with the product."

What other advice do I have?

As far as advice to other organizations considering this solution, I would generally recommend the product. But it depends. I can recommend Barracuda as a user because I have not had any problem with it. But if your organization has a limited budget, you might want to consider going with Trend Micro. Trend Micro is also a very good product, and it is a little cheaper than Barracuda when it comes to pricing structure. But Trend Micro is also not as easy to implement and use as Barracuda. So you would have to determine whether Barracuda is worth investing in so that you save time and effort…
Fredric Robinson
Founder CEO at Waterdog Computer Works
Real User
Top 5
Get rid of your spam concerns and be more productive with the help of this product

What is our primary use case?

We are an MSP (Managed Service Provider) so, basically, all of our business clients who want email security are using this product.

Pros and Cons

  • "Eliminating inbox clutter creates an opportunity to be more productive instead of wasting time manually sorting through spam."
  • "The spam filtering is a little too aggressive. You can not get granular enough to back off on what is considered spam and what is not."

What other advice do I have?

Security Gateway is simple to implement. Make sure that multiple people on staff are trained in setting it up. In other words, you do not want to just be relying on one individual in the organization to be the only one who is able to set it up. Always have a backup, or even two. That is especially important to us as an MSP. One more thing would be to pay attention when you first onboard with the solution. Barracuda puts you through some training with one of their technicians. I think it is important that you record those training sessions to keep for your reference. What will happen if you do…
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RainerAlbrecht
General Manager at Gemakom
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Link protection checks links and alerts us to phishing attacks

What is our primary use case?

We use it ourselves as well as our customers. Our deployment is on-premise and also combined with cloud control. Cloud control is second-tier. The first tier is cloud control, the Barracuda and Barracuda cloud and then the email is passed to our Barracuda box which is on-premise. It's a gateway appliance, not a hardware box. It is normally used with Microsoft Exchange server but is also supported with Microsoft Office 365. We have 20 users but our customers have from 200 to 500 users.

Pros and Cons

  • "The link protection and anti-phishing features are great."
  • "False positives have given us issues."

What other advice do I have?

Try the Barracuda Email Essential Security Cloud Service. It's not expensive and implemented in half an hour. I would rate it an eight out of ten.
DD
CIO at a government with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
Rock solid and great at blocking spam

What is our primary use case?

This solution is my spam filter and it's tied to my exchange server. All SMTP traffic goes through Barracuda. I've just started using their cloud service and I'm looking possibly at their firewall solutions also because I can tie all these things together in the cloud. We are customers of Barracuda and I work as CIO at a municipality in the States.

Pros and Cons

  • "Great at blocking spam."
  • "Solution requires regular checking to ensure it's 'keeping up' with spam."

What other advice do I have?

I think it's a good product, it's rated fairly highly when I look at reviews. I would rate this solution a nine out of 10, no reason for not giving a 10 than, nothing is perfect.
RM
Technical Manager at Sarkar Group
Reseller
Top 10
Scalable with good stability and very good anti-spam features

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution's anti-spam features are its most valuable aspect."
  • "The deep scanning feature needs to be improved."

What other advice do I have?

We're resellers of the product. Overall, we've been pretty happy with the solution. I'd rate it at a nine out of ten.
MS
Presales Network & Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
Responsive, flexible, easy to use, and cost-effective

Pros and Cons

  • "It is a really good product with a lot of features. It is responsive, updated, and modern. It is easy to use and has an easy interface for non-IT users. Its dashboard is also quite fine. It is also quite flexible and has an API at the backend."
  • "Its integration with other solutions can be improved. There should be integration for telemetry information, system information, and other types of information with other solutions. Barracuda currently doesn't have that. Barracuda has its own platform. Its integration with firewalls is quite good, and it communicates really well with firewalls, but I have not seen any other integration. Based on what I know, it does have an API at the backend, but I have not used it."

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. Barracuda has one of the best email security solutions for SMB and big enterprises. Barracuda is not a leader for email security, but they are really good at what they are doing. In terms of email security, Barracuda is one of the best solutions. There are a hundred different products in the market, such as Fortinet and Forcepoint, but Barracuda is cost-effective and really good at what it does. I would rate Barracuda Email Security Gateway a nine out of ten. It is a really good solution, and it does what it says.
ZA
Junior Manager at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Good scalability, but inadequate reporting

What is our primary use case?

We always use the latest version. We use it as an email gateway.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is scalable."
  • "Barracuda has shown difficulty in providing us with the solutions we sought."

What other advice do I have?

The solution is deployed on cloud. There are 300 people making use of the solution in our organization. All solutions have their pros and cons and there is no such thing as a perfect solution. We cannot customize the solution according to our needs and, consequently, its reporting capabilities are lacking. For this reason I rate Barracuda Email Security Gateway as a seven out of ten.
HirenShah
Director at Dynamic Computer Services
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
A good all-in-one package with phenomenal anti-phishing capabilities and good support

What is our primary use case?

This is a total email security solution.

Pros and Cons

  • "This product is powerful and quite simple to use."
  • "I would like to have better integration with third-party archival vendors to facilitate moving data in and out."

What other advice do I have?

Overall, this is a good product with wonderful security capabilities and I definitely recommend it. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
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