New research finds only 7.8 % of US colleges are protected against phishing emails
new survey of US college and
A higher education email domains has revealed less than onein-10 institutions have implemented basic phishing and spoofing protection .
The research by email security provider , EasyDMARC , reviewed the security policies of . edu email domains , which are assigned to 1,930 US colleges and further education institutions . EasyDMARC ’ s research found that only 152 ( 7.8 %) of US . edu domains have correctly implemented and configured security policies to flag , report and remove outbound phishing emails .
The survey reviewed the deployment of the Domain-based Message Authentication , Reporting and Conformance ( DMARC ) standard among US . edu domains . First published in 2012 , the DMARC standard enables the automatic flagging and removal of receiving emails which are impersonating senders ’ domains , which is a crucial way to prevent outbound phishing and spoofing attempts .
EasyDMARC ’ s research found that only 1,122 ( 58 %) of US . edu domains had implemented the decade-old DMARC standard . The research also revealed an under-utilisation of DMARC ’ s capabilities where it is deployed .
Among the US . edu domains that had implemented DMARC , 848 of them ( 76 % of such domains ) had their DMARC policies set to only monitor outgoing emails impersonating legitimate domains . A further 199 domains ( 18 % of DMARC-using domains ) only went slightly further , having set their policies to send impersonating emails to quarantine .
As a result , many DMARC implementations among US . edu domains leave users vulnerable to still receiving phishing emails . This creates a substantial risk for ransomware attacks , fraud and data breaches .
In the end , only 152 institutions ( 7.8 % of the total and 14 % of DMARCusing domains ) set their DMARC to automatically reject site emails impersonating their domain .
Smiths Detection awarded contract to upgrade New Zealand ’ s airport checkpoint security
miths Detection , a global leader in threat detection
S and security inspection technologies , has been awarded a contract to supply New Zealand ’ s Aviation Security Service ( AvSec ) with advanced checkpoint security technology for its five major international airports : Auckland , Christchurch , Dunedin , Queenstown and Wellington .
Smiths Detection will supply 35 HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX computed tomography ( CT ) X-ray machines . The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX , which meets international regulatory requirements in both
the US and EU , ensures the highest level of security while improving the experience for both passengers and operators . The carry-on baggage scanner can speed up security screening by allowing passengers to leave laptops and liquids in their cabin baggage , as well as deliver cost savings to airports as it is the most energy-efficient checkpoint CT X-ray on the market . In addition , Smiths Detection will also supply :
• The iLane . evo smart automatic tray return system , which delivers a steady flow of trays , removing bottlenecks and providing a seamless checkpoint journey .
• The iCMORE Weapons algorithm supports security operators by identifying knives , guns , gun parts or ammunition concealed in bags .
Each piece of equipment is part of Smiths Detection ’ s integrated checkpoint and uses leading-edge technology designed to help increase security , improve passenger experience and enhance operational efficiency .
Ben Smith , Group Manager Strategic Development in the Aviation Security Service , said : “ The new technology supplied by Smiths Detection will help AvSec continue to evolve and improve the New Zealand security screening system while also helping to enhance passenger facilitation and experience .”
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