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  • 11 December 2019 12:41

Latest research into Australian Education sees students unprotected from spoof cyber email crime

Zulu Labs Pty Ltd, the leading post DMARC authentication email service provider and email trust network has released the latest research data into the Australian Education industry’s anti-spoof adoption.

MELBOURNE, Australia - December 11, 2019

Zulu Labs Pty Ltd has released the latest research data into schools, universities and educational institutions and their adoption of the free Anti-SPOOF authentication protocol, DMARC (Domain Messaging and Reporting Conformance).

Implemented correctly using Trusted Sender Score, the email domain trust standard, DMARC can and will prevent malicious (spoof) emails that could tear apart families and cheat grading systems which are just two of countless other possible murky uses.

The research shows that whilst over 52% of the 44 Australian Universities Domains surveyed have started the project process, only 11% are protected. Of the 5 universities that meet the DMARC criteria, subsequent investigation revealed that Australian Catholic University and Edith Cowan University would fail a third party attack, leaving 3 universities protected. From an overall industry perspective, only 8% of the 3,626 Australian Education Domains survey had started the DMARC project process with 2.62% having implemented acceptable protection. 3,346 domains are unprotected therefore leaving their students and parents vulnerable to attack.

“The most interesting thing that has come from our research is that some institutions are teaching students how to perform these cyber email attacks in courses such as ‘Phishing’, yet protection and the tools to implement the protection and awareness are nowhere to be seen in the curriculum. We have now started talks with one Melbourne TAFE which we hope will start to arrest this community issue.” Said David Barnes, Zulu Labs CEO and Founder.

This comes off the back of the ongoing monitoring of Australian Government domains that have yielded similar results All of the data for this research is publicly available via the Trusted Sender Score web site


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