Registrars give SIDN Academy 8.5 out of 10

SIDN Academy has held its first sessions. On three days in August and September, more than seventy-five registrars came to VRIJ in Culemborg to learn all the ins and outs of e-mail security standards. Delivered by DMARCIAN, the sessions catered for a real need within the registrar community. That was reflected in the high satisfaction score given by participants: 8.5 out of 10.

Risks associated with insecure mail often overlooked

E-mail security was an obvious subject to tackle, since it doesn't always receive the attention it should. When people think about on-line security, it's usually websites that spring to mind – visible parts of the internet. Mail is often overlooked, or people think "we've got spam filters to take care of that". Which is a shame, because there's plenty that companies, hosting service providers and ISPs can do to make e-mail more secure by adopting open standards such as SPF, DKIM and DMARC. 

Work and play

The workshop was divided into a theory session in the morning and a practical in the afternoon. During the practical, participants got to work with their own data. What they had learnt was therefore immediately applied to their own environments. Activities involved publishing a DMARC record, so that recipients would be able to look up information about the e-mail traffic from their domains. By way of relaxation at the end of a long day, participants had the opportunity to try their hand at archery before enjoying dinner with the group.

New concept 

SIDN Academy is a new concept that we've developed with the aim of helping to make the .nl domain stronger and more secure. The Academy keeps registrars abreast of the latest developments in the field of internet standards. E-mail security standards have been a hot topic for a while. And registrars that use the standards can now qualify for incentive payments through the Registrar Scorecard.

Follow up

We intend to run more SIDN Academy sessions in the future. With that aim in mind, participants were asked to suggest topics. Workshops on IPv6 and DNSSEC came out as the most popular proposals. The importance of making workshops accessible for people from less technical backgrounds was also stressed.

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