Jun 21, 2017

Valimail press release

Online Trust Alliance Names Valimail to the 2017 Online Trust Honor Roll

Valimail honored for its commitment to website security and privacy

June 21, 2017 – San Francisco – Email authentication firm  Valimail today announced that valimaildev.wpengine.com has received Honor Roll status for the 2017 Online Trust Alliance (OTA) Audit & Honor Roll. The Audit & Honor Roll is the de facto standard for recognizing excellence in consumer protection, data security and responsible privacy practices for the world’s top companies.

“We are thrilled to once again receive Honor Roll status from the Online Trust Alliance for its 2017 (OTA) Audit & Honor Roll,” said Alexander García-Tobar, CEO of email authentication firm Valimail. “Nothing is more important to us than making sure enterprises are free of dangerous phish and shadow email services that can lead to costly, reputation-killing hacks and data breaches. This honor reflects the growing global commitment and interest in the important cause of email authentication.”

Valimail invented the world’s first automated email authentication platform, now authenticating billions of emails per month. Valimail gives enterprises, including some of the world’s leading brands, complete visibility, control, and compliance for all of the email being sent using their domain names, by their own systems or third-party cloud services. This enables organizations to stop impersonation attacks and mitigate shadow email sent in their names to anyone, including employees, customers and partners. This defeats phishing attacks and protects brands against abuse committed in their name.

As the only comprehensive, independent online trust benchmark study, the ninth annual OTA Online Trust Audit evaluates websites in three categories: consumer protection, responsible privacy practices and security. Based on a composite weighted analysis, sites that scored 80 percent or better overall, without failing in any one category, received Honor Roll status.  This year Audit scoring was modified placing increased weighting on the importance of end-to-end email authentication including the use of DMARC.

“The websites that made the Honor Roll should be proud of their accomplishments because it shows that they value the security and privacy of their customers just as much as profits,” said OTA Founder and President, Craig Spiezle. “Every year we make the Honor Roll criteria more stringent and this year was no exception. These companies should be commended for going beyond the status quo by adapting to the evolving threat landscape, and ensuring their privacy policy is transparent and their customers’ information is respected.”

OTA audited approximately 1,000 consumer-facing websites. It found that 52 percent of analyzed websites qualified for the Honor Roll. This year’s Audit included expanded data and telemetry from over a dozen sources including data provided by Valimail.  Companies in the Consumer 100 sector scored the highest out of any industry with 76 percent qualifying for the Honor Roll, while the FDIC 100 had the lowest at only 27 percent. More details about the 2017 OTA Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll is at https://otalliance.org/TrustAudit.

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