13 Schools, 2 Solutions - Cam Academy Trust secured with Barracuda Email Protection and Cloud-to-Cloud Backup
- The Cam Academy Trust
- Manages 13 education centres across Cambridgeshire, Huntingdon and Bedfordshire
- Founded in 2011
- 7,000 users (staff and students)
The Cam Academy Trust currently comprises of four Secondary schools (two of which have Sixth Forms) and seven Primary phase schools. Their over-arching purpose is simple: to secure educational excellence for all, with their Academies working at the heart of and serving local communities.
- Relying on native O365 security
- Numerous false positive and negative email threat detections
- Difficulties with scaling security
- No independent O365 backup
Barracuda Email Protection
- Inbound & Outbound Spam Filtering
- Advanced Threat Protection
- User Awareness Training
- Cloud Data Protection
- Forensics and Incident Response
Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup
- Fast Deployment
- Protection for all Office 365 Data
- Fast and Easy Recovery Options
- Daily Summary of Backup Status
Security at Scale
The education sector is one routinely stretched thin from staffing to budgets and resources. This is especially true of their IT departments, where the workload is often overwhelming and rarely predictable. Ultimately, IT staff in school environments spend more time fighting proverbial fires and less time on more high-value tasks.
With 13 schools in southeast England to care for, The Cam Academy Trust understood these difficulties more than most - particularly Cybersecurity Engineer Michael Terry. Michael had found himself spending around 20 hours per week on mundane repetitive tasks in a previous role, and wasn't keen to continue this with The Cam Academy Trust.
When the trust came to migrate fully to Microsoft 365 last year, security was front of mind. They were searching for a third-party email and backup vendor. Scalability was a priority here, with the Trust responsible for managing around 7,000 staff and student inboxes. After careful consideration, Cam Academy Trust decided on Barracuda Email Protection. That's where Michael entered the equation - brought into the organisation as their dedicated cybersecurity specialist to manage this new solution.
Threat Prevention, Detection and Response
Barracuda Email Protection offers comprehensive cloud-native protection for Microsoft 365 against all major email threat types. It includes Advanced Threat Protection which uses behavioural analysis and other techniques to block malicious links and attachments. There's also AI technology to power Impersonation Protection, which prevents more sophisticated spear-phishing and business email compromise (BEC) attempts. Incident Response has been designed to rapidly remediate in the event a threat does creep through, and there's Security Awareness Training to help turn employees into a strong first line of defence.
Also included in the suite, and another selling point for The Cam Academy Trust, is Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup. It offers flexible, comprehensive backup and granular restore capabilities for Teams, Exchange, SharePoint, and OneDrive data. Simple to deploy and use, it delivers transparent reporting and logging alongside enhanced role-based security. Following deployment, the trust has no complaints about the few times it has needed support. The Barracuda team was "fantastic" when contacted and resolved the issue in a day, Michael says.
Michael also made the most of Altinet's expert technical support. "When I first started working directly with Altinet for our Barracuda support, it was a refreshing change to my previous experience with other third-party providers." said Michael. "The Altinet team have been absolutely fantastic, quickly responding to all my questions and support queries, going the extra mile to assist with all my additional questions, provide training, and helping me to understand the intricacies of the products we use."
Clarity and Control
Although the security team at The Cam Academy Trust is only small, their efficiency has increased exponentially with the implementation of Barracuda Email Protection. Michael is already experiencing the benefits of a reduced workload and improved confidence in the Trust's cyber posture. "You know the information you're getting is reliable and straightforward, especially in Impersonation Protection," says Michael. It’s been able to block more generic spam and phishing attempts that use simple Gmail addresses loaded with malicious links and attachments, as well as malware-free BEC scams urging named recipients to pay fake invoices. Michael claims to be seeing fewer sophisticated threats today, potentially as a result of Barracuda stopping them before they hit inboxes. "I know these sorts of things are still out there as I speak to friends and colleagues in the industry and read reports online," he continues. "We're just not seeing them, so it could be that Barracuda is doing a fantastic job there."
Michael has plenty to be excited about moving forwards - together with the team at Altinet and Barracuda's technology, The Cam Academy Trust is now able to achieve all of its cybersecurity goals. Even with Security Awareness Training, which Michael hopes to make more use of in the coming months to give the Trust yet another layer of protection.
About Barracuda Email Protection
For organizations that want to protect their businesses, brands, and people against the most advanced email-borne threats, Barracuda Email Protection is a comprehensive, easy-to-use solution that delivers gateway defence, API-based impersonation and phishing protection, incident response, data protection, and compliance capabilities. Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup provides easy-to-use SaaS backup for your Microsoft 365 data, including Teams, Exchange Online, SharePoint and OneDrive, including OneNote, with unlimited storage and retention.