10 DMARC Policy Management: Dos and Don’ts
Setting up and maintaining email security for an organization can sometimes feel like navigating a labyrinth of spam, phishing, and cyber threats.
Maybe you even feel a bit like the heroes of a heroic fantasy novel embarking on an epic quest. But fear not! Libraesva is your Gandalf, and we’re ready to guide you through the challenging DMARC landscape.
In this article, we’ll unravel 10 DMARC policy management dos and don’ts.
Ready for an email security adventure? Let’s dive into the world of DMARC policy management best practices.
1. Do Understand DMARC’s Purpose
DMARC is not just another security measure; it’s an important authentication protocol that enables domain owners to protect their company and its employees from malicious actors. It authenticates the sender’s identity and instructs email receivers on handling unauthorized messages.
2. Don’t Rush the Journey
One common mistake when implementing DMARC is rushing the process. While solutions like Libraesva’s LetsDMARC can be implemented very quickly, it’s still a good idea to take your time to plan and configure your DMARC policy effectively. Set up appropriate DNS records, collect and analyze DMARC reports, and gradually move from a ‘none’ policy to ‘quarantine’ or ‘reject’ as you gain confidence.
3. Don’t Neglect SPF and DKIM
DMARC leverages DNS and uses Sender Policy Framework (SPF) and DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) open protocols to authenticate emails. Ensure that your SPF and DKIM records are correctly configured before implementing DMARC. LetsDMARC simplifies the monitoring of SPF and DKIM alignment, helping you pinpoint and rectify issues quickly.
4. Do Start with a “None” Policy
When setting up your DMARC policy, it’s wise to begin with a ‘none’ policy (p=none). This policy allows you to gather reports and analyze the results without affecting the delivery of your emails. It’s a crucial first step toward understanding your email ecosystem and identifying unauthorized senders.
5. Do Monitor DMARC Reports
LetsDMARC simplifies the process of collecting and analyzing DMARC reports. Regularly review these reports to identify sources of email fraud and phishing attempts. They are a goldmine of information, providing the information you need to create the most secure DMARC policy possible.
6. Do Keep Your Records Updated
Maintaining current SPF and DKIM records is essential for a successful DMARC policy. As your company evolves and new email services are introduced, adjust your DNS records accordingly. LetsDMARC can assist you in monitoring these records to help you stay current on any necessary updates.
7. Don’t Ignore False Positives & Negatives
False positives (legitimate emails incorrectly identified as fraudulent) and false negatives (fraudulent emails that are missed) are common issues in DMARC management. Monitor these occurrences and adjust your DMARC policy to address any gaps. LetsDMARC provides insights into these issues, making it easier to address them quickly and efficiently.
8. Don’t Set It and Forget It
DMARC policy management is an ongoing process. As your email ecosystem evolves, so should your DMARC policy. Regularly review and update your policy to adapt to changing circumstances to stay ahead of emerging threats.
9. Do Use Libraesva’s LetsDMARC
Libraesva’s LetsDMARC is an excellent choice for DMARC policy management. It simplifies the DMARC setup and monitoring, providing an easy-to-understand data console that helps you make informed decisions about your email security. You can configure DMARC, DKIM, and SPF settings directly from this console using easy-to-understand explanations that help you find and fix alignment issues.
10. Do Stay Up to Date on the Latest DMARC News
Email security, including DMARC, is evolving rapidly to keep up with emerging threats. Stay on top of the news by following the latest information in Libraesva’s blog and your favorite industry news sites.
Just as Frodo and Sam’s journey to Mordor demanded constant vigilance and adaptation, your quest for effective DMARC policy management is an ongoing adventure. Think of Libraesva’s LetsDMARC as your strongest weapon– a powerful tool to ensure the safety and authenticity of your email domain. With Libraesva and LetsDMARC, you’re sure to win the battle against email security!