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New Email Authentication Requirements: A Unified Effort to Combat Email Threats

In a recent roundtable hosted by Valimail, in collaboration with email giants Google and Yahoo, industry leaders came together to discuss the implementation of new bulk sender requirements aimed at enhancing email authentication and security. With the rising threats of spam and phishing, the conversation, featuring Google's Neil Kumaran and Yahoo's Marcel Becker, highlighted the urgent need for more stringent email authentication to protect users and ensure the deliverability of legitimate emails.

The new rules, which focus initially on large senders due to their higher risk of impersonation and potential impact, emphasize the use of standards like SPF (Sender Policy Framework), DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail), and DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance) to verify sender identities. By doing so, these standards aim to reduce the risk of impersonation and spam, thereby enhancing the overall security of the email ecosystem.

Valimail, a leading provider of email authentication solutions, offers tools and guidance to help senders of all sizes achieve compliance with these new requirements. The initiative reflects a collective effort among industry stakeholders to bolster email security and deliverability in the face of evolving threats.

Seth Blank, Valimail's CTO, emphasized the importance of this initiative, stating, "It's April, and inbox providers will soon begin to reject email that fails to meet their new sender requirements. While marketing emails have been getting most of the focus, any organization likely has multiple emails that also need to reach compliance."

Blank highlighted the necessity for organizations to regularly examine the health and status of their entire email infrastructure, akin to an annual physical at the doctor. "With the new rules coming into play, doing that check now is doubly important, so that you can catch issues before they become more serious and negatively impact your business," he added.

As the deadline approaches for compliance with these new sender requirements, organizations are urged to take proactive steps to ensure their email infrastructure is in good health. An ounce of prevention now, as Blank suggests, will prevent future problems and contribute to a safer and more reliable email environment for all users.

For more information and insights from the roundtable, visit Valimail's recap and recorded webinar: An Email Requirements Roundtable with Google, Yahoo, and Valimail Recap


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