Sensitive Data Secured for Children's Charity

Aberlour Children's Charity helps disadvantaged children and families in Scotland have a brighter future.


Aberlour work together to beat poverty, disadvantage and discrimination. They provide support at the earliest opportunity, giving children an equal chance and the best possible start in life. The services they offer include: residential and fostering, addiction recovery support, and disability support.

  • Protecting sensitive data
  • Managing inbound email threats
  • Recent phishing incidents
  • Multiple sites to protect

Barracuda Sentinel

  • A.I.-based Email Threat Defence
  • Phishing & Impersonation Protection
  • Account Takeover Protection
  • Domain Fraud Protection

Trillion - Dark Web Threat Detection

  • Corporate Credential Scanning
  • Instant Breach Notifications
  • Inbuilt User Awareness Training
  • Intelligent Threat Analysis

Security for Safeguarding

As a children's charity with over 30 locations across Scotland, Aberlour have a large surface area to cover and a lot of highly sensitive data to protect. And just like any large organisation they were also experiencing issues with phishing attacks that tricked staff into clicking malicious links.


These concerns were a key focus for IT Director Ros Dowey and Infrastructure Manager Graham Stevenson. Both manage Aberlour's cybersecurity posture, having already implemented Barracuda Essentials they decided to further reinforce their data protection with Altinet. Priority one was to tackle their phishing attack problems. Second was to be proactive in managing data breaches and stolen credentials before they could pose a legitimate threat to business.


"We wanted to cover ourselves against all the unknown threats, and gain visibility over any compromised accounts or malicious attacks that we might be susceptible to," said Ros.

Altinet are a great company to work with, really responsive throughout. The technical team have been fantastic, really helpful and always quick to respond. 10/10.

Ros Dowey
IT Director, Aberlour

Strong A.I. and Stronger User Awareness

In collaboration with Altinet, Ros and Graham decided to onboard Barracuda Sentinel and Trillion™ - addressing their phishing attack troubles and combating data breach & account takeover threats.


Where Barracuda Sentinel excels is in it’s A.I.-powered threat detection, which helps to mitigate social engineering threats incoming to staff mailboxes. By shifting the onus of threat detection onto Sentinel instead of staff members, the team are able to continue the rest of their work while the artificial intelligence keeps watch for spear phishing attacks. This A.I. assistance also helps to automate remediation efforts in the event of a cyber incident. "We totally trust Barracuda to protect us going forward," said Ros, "The solutions have all been really intuitive and easy to use."


At the same time, Trillion™ brings advanced visibility over third-party data breaches and stolen corporate credentials on the dark web. These details can often lead to surreptitious account takeovers, stemming from bad actors who have acquired credentials on criminal forums. Some of these stolen credentials are complete with a plain-text password, others simply feature the password hash, but all are taken from large scale data breaches of third-parties. So far Aberlour have seen Trillion™ quickly identify any of their team members that have been affected by data breaches, keep track of the level of risk in each case, and deliver user education on password resetting and best practices.

"Always On The Ball"

Having already worked with Altinet on previous cybersecurity projects, Ros and Graham already knew they'd be well looked after by their service and solutions. "We already had Barracuda Essentials in place, and were very happy with them. Adding Sentinel and Trillion™ to our protection stack was just a further addition to the security we already had," said Ros. "Altinet are a great company to work with, really responsive throughout the project."


Graham also shared his positive experiences with Altinet's support. "The technical team have been fantastic, really helpful and always quick to respond. On the few occasions we've raised a ticket, they're always on the ball," he said.


As Aberlour continue to work closely with vulnerable children and families, they can now be confident that their sensitive data is well and truly secure - with a combination of Barracuda's artificial-intelligence-led Sentinel to defend them against social engineering attacks, and the Trillion™ standalone software able to proactively protect them against account takeover attacks from the dark web.


About Barracuda Sentinel

Barracuda Sentinel combines artificial intelligence, deep integration with Microsoft Office 365, and brand protection into a comprehensive cloud-based solution that guards against these potentially devastating attacks.


About Trillion - Dark Web Threat Detection

Trillion is the Breached Account Mining Platform that continuously tracks, correlates and analyses billions of stolen usernames and passwords, hunting for Digital Identities on the dark web that could belong to your employees. With these powerful insights, businesses can pre-emptively protect against account takeover by updating the credentials of highlighted accounts, and work to improve their business-wide resilience for the future.