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M3AAWG Releases Comprehensive DMARC Training Videos to Fight Email Spoofing

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/04/13 -- As the DMARC authentication specification gains broader adoption, M3AAWG has released a free series of videos to help the industry implement and understand the value of the anti-phishing technology. The M3AAWG DMARC Training Series provides almost two and half hours of instruction from DMARC.org technical experts, including information for both domain owners who want to protect their brands from "spoofing" and for ISPs or mailbox providers who want to protect end-users from fraudulent messages.

The M3AAWG DMARC Training Series includes six 15 to 40 minute segments originally presented as a training session by Michael Adkins, M3AAWG Co-Vice Chairman and DMARC.org member, and Paul Midgen, DMARC.org co-chair, during a M3AAWG meeting in October 2012. The series provides general background on the DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance) specification and its purpose, instruction on how to deploy the technology, and details on its reporting processes.

The series also includes a breakout session addressing topics related specifically to domain owners and third parties who send email for other companies, and another breakout session focusing on ISP and mailbox provider issues. The videos emphasize practical considerations with Adkins and Midgen providing numerous examples. The complete M3AAWG DMARC Training Series is available on the M3AAWG site under the Activities tab from the Training Videos page (https://www.maawg.org/activities/maawg-training-series-videos).

"M3AAWG was instrumental in incubating the development of DMARC at its meetings and, now that the technology is in the adoption stage, continues to support the technology with the release of a comprehensive video training series. DMARC was developed to help brands and mailbox providers work together in identifying fraudulent messages. These videos are unique because they feature technical experts who helped develop DMARC explaining how to implement the technology for the best results," said Trent Adams, Chair of DMARC.org.

AOL, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! and other email receivers are using DMARC to protect end-users and brands. The technology incorporates the widely used SPF and DKIM specifications but also includes feedback, monitoring and debugging processes, according to Adams.

M3AAWG Co-Chairman Chris Roosenraad said, "Glancing at a message's content, it's often impossible for users to figure out that an email which seems to be from their bank or a favorite store is actually a scam, an attempt by a criminal to defraud the user. Spoofing, or impersonating a known brand in an email to trick users out of personal information or for other criminal aims, is a growing problem. We produced the video series because cooperative industry efforts like DMARC are essential to fighting this type of abuse and protecting users."

About the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG)

The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) is where the industry comes together to work against bots, malware, spam, viruses, denial-of-service attacks and other online exploitation. M3AAWG (www.M3AAWG.org) represents more than one billion mailboxes from some of the largest network operators worldwide. It leverages the depth and experience of its global membership to tackle abuse on existing networks and new emerging services through technology, collaboration and public policy. It also works to educate global policy makers on the technical and operational issues related to online abuse and messaging. Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., M3AAWG is driven by market needs and supported by major network operators and messaging providers.

M3AAWG Board of Directors: AT&T (NYSE: T); Cloudmark, Inc.; Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA); Constant Contact (NASDAQ: CTCT); Cox Communications; Damballa, Inc.; Eloqua; Facebook; France Telecom (NYSE and Euronext: FTE); Google; PayPal; Return Path; Symantec; Time Warner Cable; Verizon Communications; and Yahoo! Inc.

M3AAWG Full Members: 1&1 Internet AG; Adaptive Mobile Security LTD; Adobe Systems Inc.; AOL; BAE Systems Detica; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Dynamic Network Services Inc.; Email Sender and Provider Coalition; Genius; iContact; Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ NASDAQ: IIJI); Mailchimp; McAfee Inc.; Message Systems; Mimecast; Nominum, Inc.; Proofpoint; Scality; Spamhaus; Sprint; and Twitter.

A complete member list is available at http://www.m3aawg.org/about/roster.

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