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  • Demystifying DMARC: Understanding Policies and Reports

    Introduction Email remains a critical communication channel for businesses. However, it's also a vulnerable platform susceptible to phishing attacks and domain spoofing. DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance) emerges as a powerful tool to combat these threats. This whitepaper explores DMARC, focusing on its policy options and the valuable insights gleaned from reports. Understanding DMARC DMARC builds upon existing email authentication protocols, SPF (Sender Policy Framework) and DKIM (Domain Keys Identified Mail). It establishes a policy for recipient mail servers to handle emails failing SPF or DKIM authentication (emails claiming to originate from your domain but not authorized to do so). Additionally, DMARC facilitates reporting, allowing you to receive valuable insights into email activity for your domain. DMARC Policy Options A crucial aspect of DMARC implementation is defining the policy within your DNS record. Here's a breakdown of the primary policy options: Monitor (p=none): In monitor mode, DMARC reports are generated but recipient servers don't reject unauthenticated emails. This allows you to assess email traffic patterns and identify potential issues before enforcing stricter policies. Quarantine (p=quarantine): Emails failing authentication are quarantined by the recipient server, not delivered to the inbox but potentially retrievable. This provides a safety net while you investigate. Reject (p=reject): The strictest policy instructs recipient servers to reject emails failing DMARC authentication. This offers maximum protection but can potentially block legitimate emails if not implemented carefully. DMARC Reports and Their Significance DMARC reports provide valuable information about email activity for your domain. There are two main report types: Aggregate Reports: Sent by recipient mail servers, these reports offer a high-level overview of email traffic, including the volume of emails sent, authentication results (SPF/DKIM pass/fail), and the applied policy (quarantine/reject). Forensic Reports: Provide detailed information on individual emails, including sender and recipient addresses, authentication details, and message headers. These reports are crucial for investigating suspicious activity and identifying potential impersonation attempts. By analyzing DMARC reports, you gain insights into: Email authentication effectiveness: Identify any issues with SPF or DKIM configurations. Spoofing attempts: Detect unauthorized emails claiming to originate from your domain. Legitimate email sources: Understand which senders are authorized to send emails on your behalf. Conclusion DMARC empowers organizations to take control of their email domain and combat email fraud. Implementing DMARC with a well-defined policy and leveraging DMARC reports is essential for robust email security. By understanding the policy options and the significance of reports, you can ensure optimal email deliverability and protect your domain from malicious actors. Next Steps For a deeper dive into DMARC technical specifications, refer to the DMARC official website: https://dmarc.org/ Contact Local IT for DMARC implementation and best practices offered by email security providers. Watch this Video for an Introduction to DMARC

  • Best of Baldwin 2024

    Local IT is honored to be in the running again for Best of Baldwin. Last year we won for Best Computer and IT Company. This year we are defending our title and have also made the Top 5 for Best Technology Consultant. Follow the links below to vote for Local IT in each category. Remember you can vote one time each day while voting is open. After you vote for us be sure to check out some of the other great businesses that have made the Top 5 in their categories and help support your favorite. Best Computer and IT Company Best Technology Consulting

  • Cloud Data Backup: Because Even 'The Cloud' Has Commitment Issues!

    Backing up data that is already stored on the cloud, such as in services like Google Drive or Dropbox, is important for several reasons: Data Loss Prevention: Cloud storage services are generally reliable, but they are not infallible. Accidental deletions, hardware failures, software glitches, or even cyberattacks can result in the loss of data. By backing up your cloud-stored data, you create an additional copy that can be easily restored if any such issues occur. Human Error and Accidental Deletions: It's not uncommon for users to accidentally delete files or folders stored in the cloud. Without a backup, retrieving those files can be challenging, especially if the deletion goes unnoticed for an extended period. Regular backups provide a safety net in case of accidental data loss. Ransomware Protection: Ransomware attacks, where hackers encrypt your files and demand a ransom for their release, are a significant threat. If your cloud storage gets compromised by ransomware, having a backup ensures you can restore your files without paying the ransom, mitigating potential financial and security risks. Version Control and Recovery: Cloud storage services often provide version control, allowing you to recover previous versions of files. However, this feature may have limitations, such as a time limit or a limited number of available versions. By backing up your cloud-stored data independently, you have more control over versioning and recovery options. Service Outages and Downtime: Even reputable cloud storage providers can experience occasional service outages or downtime. These disruptions can temporarily prevent access to your data. If you have an up-to-date backup, you can still access your files and continue working during such instances. Data Migration and Platform Changes: Cloud storage providers may change their pricing, features, or even shut down their services. In such cases, having a backup ensures that you can smoothly transition your data to a new platform or service without losing any crucial information. Data Redundancy: Maintaining data redundancy is a best practice for data security and business continuity. By having multiple copies of your data, including a backup of your cloud-stored files, you reduce the risk of permanent data loss and increase your ability to recover from unforeseen events. Remember that backing up your cloud-stored data should involve creating copies in different locations or on different platforms. This approach ensures that your data remains protected even if a single backup source is compromised or inaccessible. Having a trusted IT partner, like Local IT, that is a Synology partner can greatly assist clients in ensuring that their cloud data is always backed up to a location of their choosing. Here's why their expertise can be beneficial: Expertise in Data Backup Solutions: Local IT, as a Synology partner, has specialized knowledge and experience in implementing data backup solutions. They can assess the specific needs of clients and recommend appropriate backup strategies and technologies to ensure data is securely and efficiently backed up. Customized Backup Configurations: Every organization or individual may have unique requirements for their backup solutions. Local IT can work closely with clients to understand their specific data backup needs and tailor the backup configurations accordingly. This includes choosing backup destinations, setting up schedules, defining retention policies, and implementing appropriate encryption and security measures. Seamless Integration with Cloud Storage: Local IT can facilitate seamless integration between cloud storage services like Google Drive or Dropbox and on-premises backup solutions. They can set up automated processes to regularly transfer data from the cloud to a client's chosen backup location, ensuring data redundancy and protection. Data Privacy and Compliance: Local IT understands the importance of data privacy and compliance regulations. They can ensure that clients' backup solutions align with applicable data protection laws and industry-specific compliance requirements. This includes implementing encryption, access controls, and other security measures to safeguard sensitive data during backup processes. Monitoring and Maintenance: Local IT can provide ongoing monitoring and maintenance services to ensure the backup solution operates smoothly. They can proactively identify and resolve any issues, perform regular checks to verify backup integrity, and provide timely support in case of backup failures or data restoration needs. Data Recovery Support: In the event of data loss or a disaster, Local IT can assist clients with data recovery processes. They can help restore data from the backup location to the desired destination, minimizing downtime and ensuring business continuity. By collaborating with Local IT, clients can leverage their expertise and technical know-how to implement robust and reliable backup solutions for their cloud-stored data. This partnership ensures that data remains secure, accessible, and protected, providing peace of mind to clients regarding their critical information.

  • 5 Ways We Keep You Protected From Cyber Threats

    Local IT is proud to announce that we have partnered with Keeper Security, a leading provider of enterprise password management solutions. As a trusted reseller, we are excited to offer Keeper Security's cutting-edge Enterprise Password Management platform to our valued clients. In today's digital landscape, where cybersecurity threats are ever-increasing, protecting sensitive information has become paramount. Password management plays a vital role in maintaining the security and integrity of organizations' digital assets. With Keeper Security's robust and reliable solutions, we can ensure that your passwords are safeguarded with the highest level of encryption and protection. Keeper Security's Enterprise Password Management platform offers a comprehensive set of features designed to meet the unique needs of businesses of all sizes. Some key features of the platform include: 1. Secure Password Storage: Keeper Security provides a secure vault where you can store and organize your passwords. The vault is encrypted with zero-knowledge security architecture, ensuring that only you have access to your passwords. 2. Password Generator: The platform includes a password generator that creates strong, unique passwords for each of your accounts, eliminating the need to remember multiple complex passwords. 3. Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Keeper Security supports two-factor authentication, adding an extra layer of security to your accounts. This feature helps prevent unauthorized access even if your password is compromised. 4. Role-Based Access Controls: With role-based access controls, you can manage and control who has access to specific passwords within your organization. This feature enhances security and ensures that sensitive information is only accessible to authorized personnel. 5. Auditing and Reporting: Keeper Security provides detailed auditing and reporting capabilities, allowing you to monitor password-related activities, track changes, and generate compliance reports. By partnering with Local IT and implementing Keeper Security's Enterprise Password Management platform, you can streamline password management processes, enhance data security, and improve overall productivity. Our team of IT professionals will assist you in the implementation, training, and ongoing support to ensure a seamless experience. Don't compromise on the security of your valuable information. Contact Local IT today and let us help you leverage the power of Keeper Security's Enterprise Password Management solution to protect your organization against the ever-evolving cyber threats.

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