Looking Back: Top 10 Security Stories of 2009

By Ericka Chickowski  |  Print this article Print

In a year that proved difficult for many within the IT channel, IT security remained a hot commodity as buyers worked to comply with regulatory mandates that remain no matter how bad the economy spirals and threats that only continue to ramp up. Channel Insider takes a look at some of the biggest stories within security that resonated within the channel this year.

Barracuda expands SaaS with PureWire

Barracuda should be set to tangle with Websense and Blue Coat in a big way in 2010, as the company sees the fruits of its labors from the October pick-up of PureWire. With considerable momentum behind it after just an 18-month existence, cloud-based PureWire offers Barracuda a technological boost in URL filtering, malicious-code detection and application controls for Web-based applications. Known best for its less-channel-friendly appliance-based security model, Barracuda will be able to leverage PureWire's SaaS to give channel partners more ways to deliver content security.

"This will not just leverage a particular menu of appliances or cloud, but a hybrid model, which we'll make available in a matter of months," Stephen Pao, vice president of product management at Barracuda, said in October.

Additionally, the acquisition brings Mike Van Bruinisse, a long-time security pro and former founder of PureWire to Barracuda to help lead the company's enterprise sales strategy.