Agari emerges from stealth mode to announce Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL are using its technology to filter out malicious emails before they reach the user.
Led by a former Cisco executive, Agari launched its cloud services to help "brand owners"
identify messages spoofing their domain names and help organizations block
those spam and phishing messages.
its Email Trust Fabric, the startup plans to give organizations a way to
authenticate their email correspondence and apply policy controls over messages
being sent and received, Agari said in its official launch announcement on Nov.
30. The company has signed up Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL to use its data
to filter out malicious messages. YouSendIt and Facebook are among the 50
customers that are authenticating email through the service.
part of the trusted fabric, customers could stamp outgoing messages with
cryptographic proof of their identity and as well as the recipient's identity.
Facebook can set policy controls and automatically block mail that attempts to
exploit the domain names the company uses. Customers have to pay a fee for the
of the email administrator determining what is legitimate and what is not, the
sender can proactively take control and say which messages are legitimate,
Patrick Peterson, the founder and CEO of Agari, told eWEEK
mail hosts and providers, in this case the major Webmail providers, can reject
the spoofed messages with malicious attachments or links to phishing sites
because they will be missing the trusted stamp, according to Peterson. The four
mail providers will be integrating the Agari technology into their email
infrastructure to detect and block fake email, such as messages pretending to
be sent by Facebook.
two most widely used mail authentication protocols are the DomainKeys
Identified Mail (DKIM) and Sender Policy Framework (SPF). Agari takes the
protocols, which currently sign about half of all Internet mail, a step
customer can search Agari's service for all domains and subdomains associated
with the brand, and see which ones are being used by scammers to spoof
malicious mail. Agari's graphical dashboard will also give customers a clear
view of which server names are being used, and whether SPF and DKIM are
properly enabled on those servers.
customers can also set up a policy to say, "Ignore messages coming from
this subdomain" and the mail providers like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and
AOL would automatically see and implement policy through the Agari portal to
reject mail from that subdomain.
a former Cisco executive who came on board through the IronPort acquisition,
envisions an end to phishing. Even after a decade, there's been "little
progress" toward making email, the most widely used communications medium,
secure from phishing attacks, Peterson said.
customer, such as Facebook, can log in to the Agari portal and see all the
activity going on using is domain name, Daniel Raskin, vice president of
marketing for Agari, told eWEEK
service gives brand owners a way to perform "ongoing assessment and
remediation" and to secure their own servers, Raskin said. If a new spam
campaign is detected, the customer can quickly create a policy to ignore those
messages, and all companies using Agari's metadata to filter out mail would
Agari is focused on the four major mail providers to gain access to "a
billion" inboxes. However, Peterson said he envisions expanding the fabric
to include specific enterprises and smaller mail hosts to eventually sign up
"every mail server." Agari will become an intermediary for email
communications, similar to how VeriSign sells Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
certificates to indicate to Internet users which Websites are secure, the
1.5 billion messages a day are securely being filtered using Agari technology,
according to Peterson, and the company plans to offer its anti-phishing
technology to other spam filtering services, he said.
was formed in October 2009 and has 13 employees. It recently received about
$2.5 million in venture capital backing from various investors.
Editor's Note: The headline was modified to reflect Agari is not a spinoff of Cisco.