Barracuda Networks is offering a special May/June 2007 educational promotion for three of its products: Spam Firewall, Web Filter, and IM Firewall.

The Barracuda Spam Firewall is available in six models and supports from 1,000 to 30,000 active users with no per-user licensing fees. It can be installed in front of the eMail server in typically less than five minutes and is updated automatically each hour to block new forms of spam and viruses. Its architecture leverages 12 layers of defense: denial of service and security protection, rate control, IP analysis, sender authentication, recipient verification, virus protection, policy (user-specified rules), fingerprint analysis, intent analysis, image analysis, Bayesian analysis, and a Spam Rules Scoring engine. In addition, the entire Barracuda Spam Firewall line features simultaneous inbound and outbound eMail filtering, with the inclusion of sophisticated outbound eMail filtering techniques such as rate controls, domain restrictions, user authentication, keyword and attachment blocking, dual-layer virus blocking, and remote user support. The Barracuda Spam Firewall’s layered approach minimizes the processing of each eMail message, which yields the performance required to process millions of messages per day.

Available in five models, the Barracuda Web Filter combines preventative, reactive, and proactive measures to form a complete anti-spyware and content filtering solution for schools and other educational organizations that must comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act. It is designed to enforce acceptable internet use policies by blocking access to spyware downloads, preventing viruses, and stopping access to spyware web sites. Added granular controls enable administrators to monitor, warn, or block users from any of the Barracuda Web Filter’s 57 content categories, specific domain names, or specific URL patterns. Unlike widely available desktop software solutions, the Barracuda Web Filter is easily installed and does not require the additional time, money, or resources necessary for downloading and maintaining software on each individual PC. Hourly “Energize Updates” are made automatically, so the product can block ever-changing virus and spyware variants, as well as maintain the most up-to-date database of productivity-inhibiting web sites.

The Barracuda IM Firewall is the first and only all-in-one instant messaging appliance to incorporate an IM server with native consumer IM traffic filtering, IM archiving, and policy management technologies in an easy-to-use and affordable solution. Available in five models, the Barracuda IM Firewall supports up to 7,000 users in a single system. Organizations with more than 7,000 users can combine multiple Barracuda IM Firewalls serving distinct user segments to provide private and secure IM communication across very large communities. With no software to install, no modifications required to the network, and an intuitive user interface for maintenance and monitoring, the Barracuda IM Firewall is easy to install and virtually maintenance-free.

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