Secured.22, Barracuda’s virtual customer conference, wrapped up on September 14, and a lot of interesting content was packed into this two-day event. With interactive content for a half day each day, the conference brought together informative sessions on the latest security threats from malicious bots to account takeover, network security, and more. We hope customers were able to gain a better understanding of industry trends, Barracuda’s latest research, and how Barracuda’s solutions can help address the challenges they’re facing.
Looking back at some of our favorite Secured.22 sessions, here are a few takeaways that stuck with us.
1. Barracuda is constantly evolving to keep customers secure
In his opening keynote, Chief Customer Officer Brian Babineau talked about Barracuda’s mission to protect and support our customers for life. He pointed out that following through on this mission requires evolution, both from a technical perspective to keep up with up with today’s dynamic threat environment, and from a customer success perspective to give customers more choices to meet their changing needs.
During Secured.22, Barracuda made four exciting product announcements across four product families, showcasing the different ways the teams are driving innovation and evolution across the company. New capabilities protect against persistent and evolving threats like ransomware, and help customers solve complex digital business transformation challenges in the areas of Email Protection, Zero Trust Access, Managed XDR, and Data Protection.
2. To stop bots, you have to think like a bot
In his session about the ways cybercriminals are using malicious bots to cause data breaches, Nitzan Miron, VP of Product Management for Application Security, broke down the different types of automated attacks, from distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks to shopping cart fraud and more.
He pointed out that the main motivation in most of these attacks is to use bots for financial gain and explained that in order to stop bots, you have to think like a bot. Hearing his detailed explanation of the different ways to detect bot activity and tell it apart from human users provided interesting insight into the approach Barracuda takes to helping protect customers from these automated threats.
3. Account takeover is an existential threat
Mike Flouton, VP of Product management for Email Security, led a session on managing account takeover risk, referring to account takeover as an existential threat. He explained that at a time when attacks are getting more sophisticated and cybercriminals are getting better at avoiding your defenses, users are more distracted than ever, and more information is available online that cybercriminals can use to personalize attacks.
The combination is leading to a massive rise in account takeover attacks, and the persistent nature of the attacks are leading to prolonged data breaches. Mike emphasized that defense-in-depth or multilayered protection is the best approach to preventing these types of attacks.
4. Identity is at the source of all successful breaches
On day two of Secured.22, Sinan Eran, VP of Zero Trust at Barracuda, spoke about shifting to a Zero Trust, Secure Service Edge architecture and why it can be so impactful. He explained that identity is at the source of all successful breaches, but identity has expanded. It’s not just about the users anymore, but also devices and apps.
Sinan made a comparison that really helped illustrate the point in a relatable way. When you go through security at an airport, you first have to show your ID to prove who you are. You also have to show that you have a ticket to prove that you have authorization to be at that place at that time.
5. Getting the basics right still matters
In her session about inspecting your Microsoft 365 tenant security, Angelica Faber, Principal Cloud Solution Architect, Security at Microsoft talked about why getting tenant security right should be step zero. She shared a number of recent headlines about MFA fatigue, but she pointed to a statistic showing that 99% of cyberattacks could have been prevented with multifactor authentication.
Angelica encouraged customers to raise their baseline security and pointed to using security defaults as an easy way to increase your security if you don’t know where to start.