The Anti-Phishing “Gold Star”

Recently a query to a UK HE security list came with a link to https://www.phishingscorecard.com/ScoreCard/United-Kingdom/Education/MTEtMTE%3d which gives us a classification of “Security rockstar” for anti-phishing security measures :-

(The “DKIM” green flag only shows up if you upload an appropriate DKIM key).

Whilst it might be a bit of an exaggeration, we do compare quite favourably with the rest of the UK HE sector – only 11 organisations have a green shield under “DMARC”, but there is room for improvement as we have yet to implement DNSSEC.

The Phishing score card is published by “Dmarcian” who are behind the creation of “DMARC”. All three (DMARC, DKIM, and SPF) are a combination of technologies built on top of the basic email standard to make it harder for email addresses to be forged.

DNSSEC is slightly different in that it secures the DNS making it harder to forge DMARC, DKIM and SPF records within the DNS.

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