Barracuda Acquires Sonian for Email Intelligence and Security

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Barracuda Networks takes email security and backup seriously, and has dipped into its coffers to prove it. The Campbell, Calif.-based cybersecurity and data protection vendor acquired Sonian, a cloud archiving and analytics firm, the company announced on Nov. 8. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Integrating Sonian's tech will do more than help customers keep their business data archived. "The combined capabilities of Barracuda and Sonian around email security, email archiving and email backup in Office 365 allow customers to detect threats, protect against threats, and recover from any data loss caused by cyber attacks," said Rod Mathews, senior vice president and general manager of data protection solutions at Barracuda.

Sonian's platform not only stores every email and file attachment that is received and sent by an organization's users, it applies analytics to determine usage patterns and provide insights that can help compliance and IT security teams protect critical company data.

For example, Sonian can detect personally identifiable information (PII) like social security numbers or credit numbers, allowing companies to supplement their email security solutions. The solution can also be used to discover attempts to send confidential information, proprietary data and other sensitive information. Additionally, its built-in search capabilities enable users to track down long-forgotten emails.

Sonian also provides a significant boost to Barracuda's market reach, particularly in the cloud.

The company has over 32,000 customers spread across 40 countries. Its cloud platform handles an influx of 17 million new documents each day and a total of over 20 billion objects.

"The Sonian platform will enable us to continue to drive differentiation and leadership as customers move to Office 365," said Barracude CEO and president BJ Jenkins in a statement. "Further, we believe there is an opportunity to integrate Sonian's analytics and AI [artificial intelligence] with our data protection portfolio, which combined with our leading security solutions, provides a more complete solution to the market."

Barracuda has been busy in the months leading up to the Sonian buy.

Last month, the company debuted an active DDoS prevention service, enabling businesses to withstand waves of junk traffic aimed at crippling their web servers and services. In June, the company unveiled a new cloud-based AI solution called Sentinel, aimed at preventing users from falling victim to spear phishing and other forms of email fraud.