Spoof emails and the consequences – Indigo 21


Spoof emails and the consequences

How we minimise the risk of you having your emails spoofed is by using DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance) The main risks of not having DMARC implemented are:

Email Spoofing and Phishing: Without DMARC, cybercriminals can easily impersonate your domain and send fraudulent emails to your customers, employees, or business partners. Phishing attacks can deceive recipients into revealing sensitive information, such as login credentials or financial data, leading to potential data breaches or financial losses.

Brand Reputation Damage: Email spoofing can harm your brand reputation, as customers may receive malicious emails appearing to come from your domain. This can erode trust and credibility in your organization, resulting in a loss of customers and business opportunities.

Loss of Customer Confidence: Customers who fall victim to phishing emails or encounter suspicious emails from your domain may lose confidence in your ability to protect their data and privacy. This loss of trust can have long-term consequences for customer retention and loyalty.

Email Deliverability Issues: Without DMARC, email providers may mark your legitimate emails as spam or phishing attempts due to the lack of authentication. This can lead to reduced email deliverability rates, impacting your communication with customers and business partners.

Regulatory Compliance Concerns: In certain industries, like finance or healthcare, there are strict regulations regarding email security and privacy. Not implementing DMARC may lead to non-compliance with these regulations, resulting in potential legal and financial consequences.

Data Breach Risks: Email spoofing can be a precursor to more advanced attacks, such as Business Email Compromise (BEC) or targeted malware distribution. A successful breach through spoofed emails can lead to unauthorized access to sensitive data or valuable intellectual property.

Missed Reporting and Analytics: DMARC provides valuable reporting and insights into email authentication failures, allowing organizations to take proactive measures against potential threats. Without DMARC, you miss out on these analytics, making it harder to identify and address security issues effectively.

Impact on Business Operations: Email is a critical communication channel for most organizations. Email-based attacks can disrupt business operations, cause downtime, and lead to significant financial and productivity losses.

In conclusion, not having DMARC leaves your organization vulnerable to email-based attacks, reputation damage, and potential regulatory non-compliance. Implementing DMARC helps protect your brand, ensures secure communication, and bolsters your email infrastructure against malicious activities.

Contact us now for more information on DMARC.