Getting started with dmarcian
We’ve created this overview to help you get started with your dmarcian account. The first thing to do is sign up for a free 14-day trial so you can begin to visualize your DMARC data and how your email domains are being used.
dmarcian’s DMARC Management Platform automates the collection and processing of DMARC XML reporting data to ensure you are sending email according to best practices. DMARC data provides you with important domain feedback so you can authenticate your domains with SPF and/or DKIM to prevent domain spoofing.
Without dmarcian’s platform, it is challenging to manually read and interpret XML reports, especially if you send high volumes of email or have multiple domains. Our platform visualizes the data in powerful and meaningful ways so you can quickly identify authentication gaps (SPF/DKIM) and unauthorized use of your domains. If you haven’t deployed SPF or DKIM yet, we have tools to help.
The process begins with publishing a DMARC record and getting your domain’s DMARC data into the dmarcian platform. Once that is accomplished, you can begin the process of interpreting your data and working to achieve DMARC compliance.
Publishing a DMARC Record
We have tools available to generate your DMARC record; if you haven’t published one yet, here are some instructions on how to do that. If you have already published one, you can verify that it is properly formatted.
Getting Data to Us
There are a number of ways to get your data to the dmarcian platform.
- Send Data Directly to dmarcian: The most convenient option to have data processed is by sending your DMARC reports directly to dmarcian for processing. Upon creation of your account, you will receive a dmarcian address to include in your DMARC record.
- Forward Data to your dmarcian Account: If you are receiving DMARC reports or sending them elsewhere, and do not wish to send reports directly to dmarcian, you can forward DMARC reports to the dmarcian address provided when you register.
- Upload Data to dmarcian: If you already have DMARC XML data, you can upload it using the XML-to-Human Converter. You will be given a detailed report of your data, but your data history will not be stored unless you are logged in.
Because DMARC data is generated on a 24-hour cycle, after a few days, enough data is gathered to begin generating meaningful reports. If you don’t see data after more than 48 hours of publishing your DMARC record, here is some advice.
dmarcian’s DMARC Management Platform
The native XML format in which DMARC data is transmitted is not intended for human consumption. Our platform visualizes the data in powerful and meaningful ways so you can quickly identify authentication gaps (SPF/DKIM) and unauthorized use of your domains.
In addition to aggregating DMARC data, our platform provides domain administration teams with the necessary features to adopt DMARC with clarity and confidence. It is powered by the most accurate source classification engine in the industry and affords users with assurances of the true origin of a particular mail stream.
Once information is flowing into your account, you’ll see a visual representation of how your domains are being used across the internet. You can visit the Domain Overview to assess the state of your domains. From there you can view the state of DMARC, SPF, DKIM and determine the volume of your domains.
Our Source Viewer provides best-in-class visibility of the email sources that are using your email domain. Before you can protect your email domains with DMARC, all sources of your email need to be configured and aligned to send DMARC-compliant email. Our Source Viewer provides insights into where your email is originating and their level of compliance. Clicking on the SPF and DKIM percentages of each source reveals details on how to configure that source into compliance with DMARC.
The Detail Viewer, also linked from the DMARC Manager navigation tab, allows you to explore your DMARC data in a variety of ways with specified granularity. The top half of the page shows a timeline of your data along with search parameters such as date selectors, domain and data-provider pickers, and a filter that will reveal different outcomes based on potential DMARC policies.
The bottom half of the Detail Viewer, shown below, shows your data grouped into four high-level tabs: DMARC-capable, Non-compliant, Forwarding, and Threat/Unknown (you can find details on how we categorize this data here). Each tab shows groups of infrastructure and details on DMARC compliance, which can be expanded to reveal details on each message flow. This data discloses how email streams that are using your domains are being perceived by email receivers.
This is only the start. Our platform is feature-rich, and the best way to experience it is firsthand.
What Happens at the End of the Trial?
At the end of your 14-day test run, you’ll receive an email with instructions for continuing your DMARC project on our DMARC Management Platform. To continue your DMARC implementation and management project with dmarcian, you can subscribe via our self-serve portal by choosing your subscription level and billing frequency (monthly or annual) on the Billing & Usages page in your account. You can then enter your customer and billing details and your account will be automatically activated. You won’t be able to select a subscription that falls below your current level of active domains or email volume use.
If you find that you need some assistance with getting DMARC in place, dmarcian offers a few options. For small and medium-sized organizations looking to outsource their projects, we have a local and global network of partners ready to assist.
Large organizations or those with more complex domain catalogs will benefit from our Deployment Services-–project-based initiatives with a dedicated deployment representative to guide you through DMARC implementation so you achieve your objectives and milestones. We’ve successfully deployed DMARC for every organization that has used our Deployment Services.
While support is included in every subscription, Dedicated Support can help you manage DMARC-related incidents, editorialize data reviews, and embed DMARC into your organization’s daily operations.
We’re Here to Help
With a team of email security experts and a mission of making email and the internet more trustworthy through domain security, dmarcian is here to help assess an organization’s domain catalog and implement and manage DMARC for the long haul.
This article is part of our Moving Through DMARC series, a collection of articles to help you both understand DMARC and to deploy it across your email domain catalog.