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Vircom, Red Sift Partner for Email Security for MSPs

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Vircom, an email security company, will distribute the Red Sift OnDMARC solution through its MSPs, VARs and other channel partners, according to a prepared statement. In doing so, Vircom is helping its partners implement and manage Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance (DMARC) email authentication, policy and reporting protocol.

The Vircom-Red Sift partnership lets channel partners use OnDMARC to offer email security services that organizations can use to implement DMARC policies, the company said. These partners can leverage Vircom's sales and support services to limit the risk of operational issues across their customer base.

In addition, channel partners can use OnDMARC's APIs in conjunction with Vircom's email security services, Vircom GM Nadav Shenker stated. They can then create value-added tools for their customers and implement and manage DMARC for many customers at once.

What Is DMARC?

DMARC builds on the DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) and Sender Policy Framework (SPF) specifications that the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is currently developing.

SPF and DKIM are email authentication technologies that were developed over 10 years ago. They have been adopted by many organizations but cannot protect organizations against fraudulent and deceptive emails. This is due to the fact that even if an email sender uses these technologies, there is still no way for email recipients to distinguish fraudulent and deceptive messages from legitimate ones.

DMARC was developed to promote collaboration among email senders and recipients. It builds on DKIM and SPF, helping email recipients verify messages come from legitimate sources and reject messages that do not.

With DMARC, email recipients can determine if a message lines up with what they know about its sender. It also gives organizations guidance on how to handle email messages that appear suspicious or malicious.

What Does the Future Hold for DMARC?

Research suggests cybercriminals are increasingly using emails to launch ransomware attacks, which could drive DMARC adoption. Also, organizations in healthcare, government and other sectors have prioritized DMARC compliance over the past few years.

As more organizations consider DMARC, MSSPs and MSPs can offer email security services to help them implement the protocol and comply with it. This could lead to more cybersecurity partnerships and integrations that allow MSSPs and MSPs to add DMARC email security services to their portfolios as well.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.