Leeds United has chosen Barracuda Networks to help protect the football club from today's advanced cyber threats.

Working with Leeds-based IT reseller and club sponsor Altinet, Barracuda is providing Leeds United with its Message Archiver in order to make the storage and access of emails simpler, quicker and more secure.

As well as being easy to set up and manage, the new email archiving solution allows Leeds United to combine on-site hardware with cloud-based replication.

This ensures that email data is easy to recover in the event of an attack or data loss.

"As a multi-million pound business we're dealing with high volumes of important and confidential emails on a daily basis and are a high-value target for cyber attackers," said Mark Broadley, head of IT and facilities at Leeds United.

"Our legacy email solution wasn't providing a high enough level of protection, and had meant that staff within the HR and legal teams were spending a lot longer finding information than was needed.

"On the recommendation of Altinet, we were delighted to make Barracuda the first signing of this very important project."

Barracuda's solution helps Leeds United to easily meet regulatory requirements, and to take complex discovery requests in its stride.

This is particularly important given the club’s historical high turnover of personnel, and the need to find and read archived emails in minutes, rather than hours or days.

Chris Ross, SVP International, Barracuda Networks, added: "Being selected by Leeds United to improve and modernise their data protection is an important accolade for Barracuda. With cyber attackers becoming ever more sophisticated and data protection rising higher up the corporate agenda, it’s important that organisations replace legacy solutions and keep up to date with the latest threats.

"As it increasingly becomes about when you’re going to be attacked rather than if, data protection and recovery should form a key element of every organisation’s cyber security strategy. On top of keeping an eye on the club’s cyber defences, we’ll be watching with interest and wishing them the best of luck as they seek promotion back to the Premier League."