Apr 16, 2019
Valimail press release
Valimail Makes the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance Honor Roll
After comprehensive audit, Valimail honored for consumer protection, security, and privacy
SAN FRANCISCO AND RESTON, VIRGINIA, April 16, 2019 – Valimail, the world’s leading provider of anti-phishing solutions to stop fake email and restore trust to communications, today announced that it has been named to the Internet Society’s latest Online Trust Alliance (OTA) Audit and Honor Roll. The Audit and Honor Roll is the de facto standard for recognizing website excellence in consumer protection, security, and responsible privacy practices for the world’s top companies.
“We’re honored that the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) has again noted Valimail’s commitment to the most stringent privacy and security practices,” said Seth Blank, director of industry initiatives, Valimail. “As a cybersecurity company focused on defending enterprises from BEC, phishing, and other fraudulent email practices, we would be remiss if we did not hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of protection and transparency. We applaud the OTA for constantly raising the bar and driving industry adoption of crucial standards. Importantly, by including SPF, DKIM, and DMARC as a critical component of the Trust Audit, the OTA has made it abundantly clear how important these standards are for protecting organizations from brand spoofing and impersonation-based phishing attacks.”
Valimail has always placed security and privacy foremost in its product design and operational principles. The company’s application does not extract, process, or store any personally identifiable information (PII), such as the contents of email messages. In addition, Valimail’s strict security and process controls have enabled the company to achieve SOC 2 Type 2 Certification, and the only company in this space to achieve FedRAMP Authorization.
As the only comprehensive, independent online trust benchmark study, the OTA Online Trust Audit evaluates websites in three main categories: domain, brand and consumer protection; site, server and infrastructure security; and privacy, transparency and disclosures. Based on a composite weighted analysis, sites that scored 80 percent or better overall, without failing in any one category, received the honor roll designation (read the entire methodology here).
“In this age where many companies are accused of putting profits ahead of customers, the websites that made the Honor Roll should be commended for their commitment to online trust,” said Jeff Wilbur, Technical Director of the Online Trust Alliance initiative at the Internet Society. “This designation shows that you can be one of the world’s most successful businesses without sacrificing consumer privacy, protection, and security.”
OTA audited more than 1,200 of the top consumer-facing websites spanning banking, consumer services, U.S. government, healthcare, news and media, retail, Internet Service Providers, mobile carriers, email providers, and web hosters. It found that 70 percent of analyzed websites qualified for the honor roll. The Federal government category surged to the front with 91 percent of sites placing on the honor roll. Healthcare, a new sector this year that includes pharmacies, testing labs, insurance companies, and hospital chains, had the lowest overall honor roll placement at 57 percent. More details about the 2018 OTA Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll is at https://otalliance.org/2018HonorRoll.
The Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA) identifies and promotes security and privacy best practices that build consumer confidence in the Internet. Leading public and private organizations, vendors, researchers, and policymakers contribute to and follow OTA’s guidance to help make online transactions safer and better protect users’ data. The Internet Society is a global nonprofit dedicated to ensuring an open, globally connected, trustworthy, and secure Internet for everyone.