Barracuda boosts Australian business cybersecurity with customized security awareness training covering the Essential Eight

Posted date: 2022-07-05 2:30 PM

Sydney, 6 July 2022 - Barracuda, a trusted partner and leading provider of cloud-first security solutions, today announced that Barracuda Security Awareness Training now offers customized training curriculum aligned with the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s (ACSC) Essential Eight to help Australian businesses protect against cyberthreats and cultivate a cybersecurity culture.

As part of Barracuda’s security awareness training content for Australian businesses, eight core and two supplementary modules outlining the ACSC’s Essential Eight threat mitigation strategies are added. These include application whitelisting, patching applications, configuring Microsoft Office, application hardening, restricting administrator privileges, patching operating systems, multifactor authentication, daily backups, and social engineering.

The Essential Eight is a prioritized list of mitigation strategies developed by the ACSC to reduce the risk of cyberthreats when implemented across an organization. It provides organizations with comprehensive steps to improve their levels of cybersecurity and a more robust posture to withstand IT security threats. The framework is now a mandating compliance for Australian federal government agencies and departments to improve their security posture.

Barracuda Security Awareness Training helps protect organizations against social engineering phishing attacks that bypass email defenses. Through phishing stimulation, it trains users to understand and respond correctly to the latest phishing techniques, and prevent email fraud, data loss, and brand damage. Ultimately, it aims to educate users and transform them into a powerful line of defense against attacks and help organizations to meet compliance requirements.

“With phishing as the most-reported scam type in Australia1, Barracuda Security Awareness Training now enables Australian organizations to build a cybersecurity culture across businesses and help individuals to implement security best practices in daily lives,” said Mark Lukie, Director of Sales Engineering, Barracuda APAC. “Offering training content aligned with the Essential Eight showcases Barracuda’s commitment to safeguard our Australian customers’ business journey with tailored solutions.”

Andrew Simko, Senior Product Manager, App Delivery Product Management, Barracuda, added “Increased security threats have made organizational cyber resilience critical, and enterprises now need to ensure that their IT and cybersecurity teams maintain their education and training in line with the latest industry compliance, governance, and threat mitigation strategies advised by both the government and industry associations.

“While the cyber risks faced by businesses are going to continue to grow, organizations that comply with the Essential Eight training will be more fully prepared and be able to take advantage of some additional business benefits from the investment in education and knowledge being made.”

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1 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC), Scamwatch, 2022,