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The companies float a new cloud-based security service aimed at helping SMBs keep their users and data safe wherever they roam.

Barracuda and Zscaler, a San Jose, Calif. provider of web security offerings, announced a partnership that help small and midsized business (SMB) customers bolster their cloud security.

Today’s distributed workforces often use a blend of on-premises resources and third-party cloud applications to get the job done. This poses a challenge for security professionals who are often forced to cast an exceedingly wide and unmanageable net to protect their users and the sensitive data they routinely access on the internet.

The new Barracuda Web Security Service Powered by Zscaler is a cloud-based, multi-tenant security offering that blocks threats whether SMB users are nestled in the confines of their networks or they roam onto unmanaged networks.

Barracuda Web Security Service, available with Barracuda NextGen Firewall or as a standalone product, inspects inbound and outgoing traffic to prevent botnet attacks and block malware. It also provides signature-based detection of viruses, spyware and other known types of malware.

For the unknown varieties of malware, the solution offers advanced detection capabilities that can spot zero-day threats. Other features mobile and cloud application security controls and URL filtering features that keeps users from falling victim to malicious sites or viewing non-work safe content. Finally, administrators can keep an eye on their users with the product’s real-time reporting capabilities.

“Barracuda’s powerful security solutions provide customers with a complete and affordable way to easily manage security across their networks, applications, and data, regardless of where they reside — on-premises, virtual, or in cloud environments,” commented Sanjay Ramnath, vice president of security products at Barracuda, in today’s announcement. “This collaboration extends our platform’s cloud security functionality by utilizing Zscaler’s highly scalable security service to protect users accessing the internet from anywhere, using any device.”

The Barracuda deal follows a string of similar collaborations, noted Punit Minocha, Vice President Business Development and Mobile Solutions at Zscaler, in a blog post.

“Partnering with Barracuda comes on the heels of several other Zscaler collaboration announcements. Zscaler recently partnered with Ooma, the Internet phone service, to add Zscaler security to customers’ computing and IoT [Internet of Things] devices on their home networks,” Minocha wrote. “Zscaler is also working with Cradlepoint, the provider of cloud-based WAN solutions, to enable Cradlepoint customers to provide their mobile users with fast, secure access to cloud applications.”