Barracuda was launched to give businesses an email-security solution that didn’t cost a small fortune. With more than 1 million cloud-enabled products delivered since, we continue to disrupt the IT-security market with innovative solutions that every business can afford. We’re on a mission to protect customers, data and applications from today’s advanced threats by providing the most comprehensive and easy-to-use IT-security platform and backing it up with best-in-class customer support.
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On January 29, 2008, Barracuda Networks was sued by Trend Micro over their use of the open source anti-virus software Clam AntiVirus, which Trend Micro claimed to be in violation of their patent on 'anti-virus detection on an SMTP or FTP gateway'. In addition to providing samples of prior art in an effort to render Trend Micro's patent invalid, in July 2008 Barracuda launched a countersuit against Trend Micro claiming Trend Micro violated several antivirus patents Barracuda Networks had acquired from IBM.
In December 2008, the company launched the BRBL (Barracuda Reputation Block List), its proprietary and dynamic list of known spam servers, for free and public use in blocking spam at the gateway. Soon after opening BRBL many IP addresses got blacklisted without apparent reason and without any technical explanation.
As of October 2009, Barracuda had over 85,000 customers. As of November, 2011, Barracuda had more than 130,000 customers. As of January, 2014, Barracuda has more than 150,000 customers worldwide.
Barracuda Networks expanded its research and development facility in Ann Arbor to a 12,500 square foot office building on Depot Street in 2008. By 2012, the Michigan-based research division had grown to about 180 employees, again outgrowing its space. In June, 2012, Barracuda signed a lease to occupy the 45,000 square foot office complex previously used as the Borders headquarters on Maynard St in downtown Ann Arbor.
In July 2012, Dean Drako, Barracuda Networks's co-founder, president and CEO since it was founded in 2003, resigned his operating position, remaining on the company's board of directors. At the time of Drako's departure, the company stated it had achieved profitability, a nearly ongoing 30 annual percent growth rate since inception, 150,000 customers worldwide, nearly 1,000 employees, 10 offices, and did business in 80 countries. The company created the office of the CEO as it started a CEO search.
In November 2012, long-time EMC executive William "BJ" Jenkins joined the company as President and CEO. Jenkins worked at EMC since 1998 and most recently served as president of EMC's Backup and Recovery Systems (BRS) Division.
In November 2013, Barracuda Networks went public on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CUDA.
In March 2015, Barracuda Networks expanded its business to North Asia and was distributed by TriTech Distribution Limited in Hong Kong.
In November 2015, Barracuda added new Next Generation Firewall to its firewall family.
Barracuda has announced future discontinuation of its Copy and CudaDrive services as of May 2016.
In November 2017 Thoma Bravo LLC, a private equity firm, announced they were taking Barracuda Networks private in a $1.6 billion buyout expected to go through in Feb 2018. In February 2018 Thoma Bravo announced that it has completed the acquisition.
On May 23, 2019 Barracuda forays into next generation security, to tackle the latest cyber security threats by introducing Advanced Bot Protection capabilities.
As with most Barracuda solutions, the Barracuda Next Gen Firewall can be deployed on premises as a hardware appliance, or in private or public cloud networks as a virtual appliance.
In chronological order:
Email Security Gateway - In October 2003, Barracuda announced its spam and virus firewall plug-in appliance. In June 2008, Barracuda launched a spam and virus firewall for large enterprises and ISPs.
Web Security Gateway - In April 2005, the company introduced its web filtering appliance to prevent spyware and viruses from gathering and transmitting user data, and to control web surfing.
Load balancer ADC - In November 2006, the company introduced a load balancing appliance for high availability distribution of network traffic across multiple servers.
Message Archiver - In July 2007, the company introduced message archiving to index and preserve emails, and to meet legal and regulatory compliance.
Web Security Service - In October 2009, in conjunction with its acquisition of Purewire, Barracuda Networks launched the Purewire Web Security Service which is a software as a service offering for Web filtering, content security, and safe web surfing.
NextGen Firewall - In February 2010, Barracuda announced its NextGen Firewalls to protect enterprise network infrastructures. The firewalls integrate web and email filtering, intrusion prevention, layer 7 application profiling, and network access control into one platform that is centrally managed across multiple distributed enterprise network locations. NextGen Firewalls are available as a hardware appliance, virtual appliance and public cloud instance. The product includes wide area network traffic optimization.
CudaTel Communication Server (PBX) - in August 2010, Barracuda announced the release of CudaTel, a VOIP Private branch exchange designed for IT administrators. CudaTel features FreeSWITCH, an open-source project sponsored by Barracuda Networks.
In November 2008, Barracuda Networks expanded into cloud-based backup services by acquiring BitLeap.
In November 2008, Barracuda Networks acquired 3SP, allowing the company to introduce Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Virtual Private Network (VPN) products to allow secure remote access to network file shares, internal Web sites and remote control capabilities for desktops and servers.
In November 2017, Barracuda announced that it was being acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo, LLC.
In January 2018, Barracuda acquired PhishLine.
In January 2013, a backdoor was discovered: "A variety of firewall, VPN, and spam filtering gear sold by Barracuda Networks contains undocumented backdoor accounts that allow people to remotely log in and access sensitive information, researchers with an Austrian security firm have warned." The backdoor was then secured shortly after the announcement.
IP reputation and Emailreg.org
On April 13, 2009 Emailreg.org published a notice clarifying that it is a whitlist of domains that had no impact on Barracuda Blog Lists. April 10th 2010 a blog entry appeared alleging that Barracuda Networks SPAM blocking deliberately targets non-spamming IP's and tries to get them to sign p for an email whitelisting service "emailreg.org". In 2019 Emailreg.org announced that it was no longer accepting new customers but would continue services for existing customers until further notice. Emailreg.org discontinued services shortly thereafter and is no longer in operation. As of May 2nd 2020 the same warning appears for some IP addresses.
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