SLG Seeing DMARC Growth, but Adoption Still Low

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The state and local government sector is seeing strong growth in the adoption of DMARC email authentication, but still lags far behind the Federal government and has much room to improve, according to a recent report from Valimail.

The report finds that SLGs saw a 76 percent increase in DMARC records, and a 171 percent increase in the number of domains protected by DMARC at enforcement. Still, the total number of domains protected by DMARC at enforcement only reaches 57, according to Valimail’s research, and nearly 92 percent of state and local domains do not use DMARC at all.

“In less than a year, we’ve seen explosive growth in the state and local government sector, but there is still work to be done,” the report states. “At the state and local level, there are thousands of domains that could benefit from the protection and benefits of email authentication.”

The leading state on DMARC enforcement: Alabama, which protects both its alabama.gov and al.gov domains with DMARC.

While most do not have a DMARC policy in place, about 64 percent do have Sender Policy Frameworks in place, providing some protection for domains.

Federal domains have seen a strong adoption rate of DMARC due to the Department of Homeland Security’s Binding Operational Directive 18-01, which mandates Federal agencies adopt DMARC.

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