Barracuda acquires PhishLine to bolster AI-based targeted threat protection solutions

Barracuda Networks said that it has acquired PhishLine, a SaaS platform for social engineering simulation and training.

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Barracuda Networks said that it has acquired , a SaaS platform for social engineering simulation and training. Combining Barracuda’s AI-driven protection against and spear phishing with PhishLine’s platform will allow the firm to offer integrated, adaptive security training aimed at preventing email security threats.

PhishLine offers data analytics and reporting to allow customers to measure and report on risks at macro and micro levels across the human and process layers. With this transaction, Barracuda combines gateway security, data protection, AI-based targeted threat protection, and user awareness training to deliver comprehensive protection against email-borne threats.

“Security awareness training is an important and quickly evolving area, particularly with increasingly targeted attacks making the human element a critical link in the security value chain,” said BJ Jenkins, president and CEO at Barracuda. “PhishLine has a culture of developing innovative email protection solutions, including social engineering and data analysis offerings. Combining the power of the Barracuda security technologies with PhishLine’s capabilities gives us the opportunity to deliver integrated, adaptive security training aimed at preventing email security threats.”

“An effective security strategy demands a collaborative effort between the employees using the network and the security technology designed to protect it,” said Mark T. Chapman, president and CEO at PhishLine. “Barracuda’s innovations around targeted attacks, AI, archiving, and data protection complement PhishLine’s solutions well. Our combined strengths offer a comprehensive, data-driven approach to help customers fight smarter, mitigate risks, eliminate threats, and gain greater peace of mind.”

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