More than half of companies are planning to implement email sender authentication technologies in the next 12 months, according to a survey of 120 IT managers conducted by mail software vendor Sendmail.
The survey reveals that 58% of companies are planning to implement authentication specs, the most prominent of which is Sender ID, within the year, while 10% plan to do so as soon as possible.
Of those surveyed, 36% cited productivity from lower spam volumes as a leading factor, while 26% said they expect sender authentication to become standard industry practice. Another 15% were keen on protecting their own firm’s brand.
Sender ID, which Microsoft and independent developers are pushing through the Internet Engineering Task Force, would require companies to add the addresses of their outgoing mail servers to the TXT field of their domain name system records.
Under the system, recipient mail transfer agents would cross-reference the sending domain with the authorized addresses, mitigating the threat posed by domain spoofing. Spoofing is a common trick used by spammers and worm writers.
Sendmail said 91% of those surveyed believe less that half their users would recognize a phishing attack as being fraudulent, and concluded this means phishing is a big threat. It also arguably says something about how IT managers feel about their users.
The survey was carried out during a recent web meeting Sendmail conducted to talk about sender authentication. Arguably, the respondents were already predisposed to have an interest in the technology.