KnowBe4 and Barracuda Team Up to Educate and Protect Users Against Phishing Attacks

KnowBe4 and Barracuda Deliver Integrated Solution for Security Awareness Training and Advanced Threat Protection for Organizations

(Tampa Bay, FL) December 13, 2016 – KnowBe4, the most popular security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, and Barracuda Networks, Inc. (NYSE: CUDA), a leading provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection solutions, today announced a joint effort to enhance email security, improve user awareness, and help protect employees from targeted phishing attacks. As part of the effort, Barracuda’s cloud-based email security solutions, including Barracuda Essentials for Office 365, now includes integrated education and training exercises to help employees identify potential threats, such as phishing and ransomware, to reduce risk of data loss.

“Ransomware is soaring and now considered to be one of the top three most dangerous malware threats most frequently spread through email. Uneducated employees are most commonly the weakest link in network security. KnowBe4 education training integrated with Barracuda security provides organizations comprehensive layered security – adding a human firewall to the existing security technology – to keep organizations, their employees and their data safe,” said KnowBe4 CEO, Stu Sjouwerman.

According to Barracuda’s Vice President of Security Products and Business Strategy, Sanjay Ramnath, “Targeted attacks are becoming commonplace, and phishing is the most common starting point for an advanced multi-vector attack. With highly sophisticated phishing campaigns on the rise, and real money at stake, it’s important for organizations to protect their users, data, and assets both through technology and empowering their workforce with education. Together, Barracuda and KnowBe4 provide powerful anti-phishing technology combined with education training, both critical to any organization’s security posture.”Barracuda KB4.png

Advanced Threat Protection for Email

Barracuda Essentials, a cloud-based email security solution, protects organizations with comprehensive, scalable and affordable multi-layer security and data protection for on-premises email services such as Microsoft Exchange or cloud-based productivity suites like G Suite and Microsoft Office 365. Barracuda leverages its global threat intelligence – spanning network, user, web applications, remote access, mobile and email – to bring powerful, easy-to-use and affordable email security and management solutions to global organizations of all sizes. Barracuda offers comprehensive anti-phishing Link Protection and Advanced Threat Protection capabilities for its email security customers, which includes protection against malicious, phishing and malformed URLs as well as targeted attacks spread through email attachments. 

Security Awareness Training

An educated employee trained to identify potential threats significantly reduces the risk of an organization falling prey to spear phishing and ransomware attacks.  However, with the evolving nature of these attacks and human error at play, it is inevitable that someone will eventually click on a suspicious or malicious link, making it even more critical to deploy layered security designed to stop these targeted attacks. To learn more about how KnowBe4 and Barracuda are helping to address this need, please visit

“Even the strongest security technology and practices cannot compete with a highly sophisticated spear phishing attack. Unfortunately, it’s not a matter of if, but when an employee will click on a malicious link,” said Buddy Davis, Vice President at Data Network Solutions, a Barracuda Premier Partner. “With this announcement Barracuda and KnowBe4 are bridging the gap between security technology and training education. The joint effort merges award-winning protection from email-borne attacks, spam, and viruses, with industry-leading training and education to help workforces identify potential threats.”


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About Barracuda Networks, Inc. (NYSE: CUDA)

Barracuda simplifies IT with cloud-enabled solutions that empower customers to protect their networks, applications, and data, regardless of where they reside. These powerful, easy-to-use and affordable solutions are trusted by more than 150,000 organizations worldwide and are delivered in appliance, virtual appliance, and cloud and hybrid deployments. Barracuda’s customer-centric business model focuses on delivering high-value, subscription-based IT solutions that provide end-to-end network and data security. For additional information, please visit  

About KnowBe4

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s most popular integrated new school security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 6,500 organizations worldwide. Founded by data and IT security expert Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness of ransomware, CEO Fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new school approach to security awareness training. Kevin Mitnick, internationally recognized computer security expert and KnowBe4’s Chief Hacking Officer, helped design KnowBe4’s trainings based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Thousands of organizations trust KnowBe4 to mobilize their end-users as a first line of corporate IT defense.

Number 139 on the 2016 Inc 500 list, KnowBe4 is based in Tampa Bay, Florida. For more information, visit and follow Stu on Twitter at @StuAllard.


 Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the potential benefits, performance, and functionality of Barracuda’s security solutions including its Essentials for Office 365. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond the Company's control and that could cause the Company's results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could materially affect the Company's business and financial results include, but are not limited to customer response to the Company's products, as well as those factors set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update the forward-looking information to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date of this press release.


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