Office 365 Essentials Increases Security & Reduces Administration Complexity


  • Barnsley College
  • 12 campuses in & around the town centre 
  • Partner institution of Higher Futures and Lifelong Learning Networks
  • 1130 staff users
  • 14,000 student users

Barnsley College is a further education college located in South Yorkshire. The college is made up of 12 campuses and over 1000 members of staff in & around the town centre, and offer A-levels, vocational courses, and higher education courses.

Their values focus on providing students with the tools they need to achieve their goals, leading them to a vision of 'Transforming Lives'.

  • Moving to the cloud
  • Insufficient email security
  • No backup for Office 365
  • No archiving for mailboxes

Barracuda Essentials

  • Email Security with inbound & outbound filtering to protect against spam & viruses and prevent data leaks.
  • Archiving with retention policies and cloud storage for compliance and eDiscovery.
  • Backup with a point-in-time recovery strategy for business continuity in the event of accidental deletion, ransomware, mechanical failures, and more.

Security for the Cloud

Barnsley College were pushed into finding a new security solution when they began moving all of their staff emails to the cloud and found that their current email security at the time did not support cloud based email - this could have left the college vulnerable to a variety of advanced online threats, as well as unauthorised access to confidential data like student files. 

On top of this the college lacked Backup and Archiving solutions for both Office 365 and mailboxes, not only leaving them with an unreliable data recovery plan, but also making compliance and eDisovery an extremely time consuming task. 


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All-in-One Office 365 Solution

Barracuda Essentials offered Barnsley an answer to all of their problems in one simple solution, making not only the initial set up easy, but also the on-going management as the college continues to work and grow. For a college with 12 working campuses, manageable administration was a vital part of their solution to ensure they have the capability to uphold their responsibility to both support the academic growth of their students, as well as safeguard their private information. 


All 3 of the solutions Altinet supplied have helped us increase security for our emails, backup our Office 365 sites, and archive our staff mailboxes. It has also reduced the administration complexity by having all 3 solutions accessed via the same website.

Joe Whyke, Senior IT Support Specialist Barnsley College



Essentials for Office 365

Barracuda Essentials provides the most complete, simple & affordable solution for protecting business emails and data in Office 365, combining award-winning email security with tamper-proof email archiving to ensure compliance and simple litigation searches. On top of this, Cloud-to-Cloud Backup provides quick data recovery with unlimited cloud storage, lessening the risk of accidental and malicious data loss. 

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The Essentials solution also includes advanced security features like anti-virus, anti-phishing & link protection to secure against sophisticated targeted attacks, as well as data loss protection and email encryption to keep confidential business, customer or student information from leaving the organisation.

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