Applying the zero-trust model to email security

Identity verification

Identity is foundational to modern security — Why not email?

Nearly all forms of modern communications and commerce rely on identity checks to verify that we are who we say we are

Email, however, requires no verification of identity. Today you can send email to anybody or ‘as’ anybody — and most of those messages will reach the inbox regardless of what domain, service, or user account they originated from.

See who is sending email as "you"
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Zero-trust security for email stops modern phishing

Valimail’s zero-trust approach to email security leverages sender identity authentication and policy-based authorization to definitively stop modern phish — both inbound and outbound — that existing defenses miss.

The Valimail platform ensures that only emails from trusted senders get delivered to employee inboxes and only authenticated senders can send on behalf of the company.

  • Purpose-built to focus on the ‘finite good’ instead of the ‘infinite bad’
  • No analyzing, scoring, or chasing endless permutations of possible bad senders
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Security gap

Understanding the gap zero-trust security can bridge

Most email security solutions scan emails for suspicious content (links, attachments, keywords, patterns) and apply historical/behavioral modeling and machine learning to detect bad actors. But they often fail to discern whether the senders themselves can be trusted. 

Criminals are exploiting this gap to devastating effect by executing targeted, identity-based, and rapidly mutating phishing and BEC attacks.

Traditional secure email defenses are ineffective on modern phishing attacks
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9 out of 10 phishing emails impersonate the identity of the sender and 9 out of 10 phishing emails don’t contain malware.

How we do it – zero-trust

How we do it

  • Service-level identification of all third-party services sending email “from” your domain, regardless of volume. 
  • Simple, point-and-click dashboard to authorize or deauthorize services and manage domain authentication standards (DMARC, DKIM, SPF, and BIMI)
  • World’s most comprehensive — and constantly expanding — positive database of verified sending domains
  • Validation of all incoming email messages into your organization from open-signup addresses (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) against your list of trusted contacts
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