Your domain is an essential part of your business – it’s responsible for all of your company’s inbound and outbound electronic communications in addition to your online presence – it demands all the protection mechanisms available to it Failure to implement these foundational security elements properly is what leads to phishing, spoofing, and other threats such as malware, trojans, viruses, and more.
There are currently seven different layers of domain and email security layers available (and one in draft that will become the new domain brand standard). Leveraging all of these security layers is the most effective way to mitigate the risk of exploits that threaten your company’s image, financials, and integrity.
In our experience, most companies leverage only two or three of these layers – and out of those that are implemented we see over 75% are either not fully implemented or implemented improperly. We’ve never seen a company with all seven properly implemented (other than ours of course). In fact, a recent study reported that over 80% of domains lack one of the key domain security protections – included in that list were over 77% of Fortune 500 companies.
We believe this is due to a lack of education and understanding around the different security standards available leading to a lack of implementation. Many companies that offer IT security services overlook these important, foundational steps, focusing on network-level security measures like Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), or logging and monitoring. While these are also necessary security measures they become less effective when not built on a strong, domain-level security foundation.