90 Days to DMARC: A Global Cyber Alliance Challenge

By Renée McLaughlin

On Monday October 16, the Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communication for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that the Acting DHS Secretary signed Binding Operational Directive (BOD) 18-01 requiring all federal agencies to implement the DMARC protocol across all federal email domains within 90 days. Agencies have until January 16th to adopt DMARC and be at  a minimum of policy level “none.”

Within the year, all agencies will need to have progressed from policy level “none” to “reject.”

GCA applauds this federal initiative and the ambitious schedule set forth. We would like to challenge others to do the same. The more organizations that implement DMARC, the better security for the entire email ecosystem. For some, this will be easy, for others, a bit more challenging. We invite everyone in the public and private sectors to take the challenge.

Following on the heels of National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the U.S. and Cyber Security Month in Europe, GCA kicks off this challenge with a month of education and awareness, building a coalition of partner and other organizations who recognize the urgency of securing our cyber ecosystem and will champion the cause.

On December 1, 90 Days to DMARC will begin. Every step of the way, GCA and partners will assist with resources and guidance, including but not limited to:

Month One: The Plan

  • Webinars:
    • What You Need to Know to Develop Your Implementation Plan
    • Industry Panel: The Challenges and Benefits
  • Resources: Tools and Guidance; Tips and Troubleshooting to Prepare

Month Two: Implement

  • Webinars: You Have a Plan, Now What?
  • Implementation Guidance

Month Three: Analyze, Review and Adjust

  • Webinars:
    • Reporting: How to Analyze and Use Your Reports
    • Adjustments: What Needs to be Adjusted For DMARC to be Effective?
    • Beyond the 90 Days: What Happens Next?

We urge you to accept this challenge and utilize our tools and resources to aid you on the DMARC journey to improve your email security. If the federal government can do it, so can you!

Sign up here to accept the challenge and get updates about our Webinars and other resources as they become available.

The clock is ticking!


The author, Renée McLaughlin, is the Director of Digital Media and Editor at the Global Cyber Alliance. You can follow her on Twitter @RNMc3.