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Rugby School

Barracuda maintains productivity in remote learning for international Rugby School

About Rugby School

An English independent boarding school for international pupils between the ages of 13-18, Rugby School, based in Warwickshire, England, is one of the oldest independent schools in Britain. Just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, Rugby School merged with Bilton Grange Preparatory School, meaning the school’s seven-strong IT team had two sites to manage across an intensely difficult time.

When the pandemic struck, the school suddenly had to rapidly shift to remote learning - not only across the UK, but in China, Russia, Kazakhstan, and other countries. Not only did this present a huge undertaking for its IT team, but their cybersecurity risk increased as its perimeter significantly widened.

MSP Challenge

  • Remote learning significantly increased the size of the network perimeter
  • Maintain compliance with government regulations, with staff numbers unable to handle the extra workload


    The school’s MSP, Commercial IT Services partnered with Barracuda to:

  • Identify and mitigate compromised accounts
  • Deploy over 3,500 Microsoft Teams sites needed for the school’s remote learning environment
  • Work together to protect Office 365 inboxes with Barracuda Email Essentials and Sentinel


    Barracuda Essentials and Sentinel helped:

  • Achieve significant cost savings compared to other third-party providers
  • Reduce time spent on monitoring security of accounts, reducing staffing needs and workload
  • Meet compliance standards and reporting expectations for stakeholders

Barracuda's leading cybersecurity solutions meet all of the school's needs

Barracuda is a leader in security and the level of features to prevent, detect and respond against threats were a perfect match to be introduced into the technology portfolio at Rugby School.”

Jordan Thomas, Senior Account Manager, Commercial IT Services

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