How BIMI Avoids Unauthorized (or Fraudulent) Use of Logos

BIMI

BIMI provides email security that stands for Brand Indicators for Message Identification which displays the brand logo next to authenticated emails and allows the email users to recognize and avoid fraudulent messages. There is a type of email authentication protocol named DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication Reporting, Reporting & Conformance) that is used to ensure that the organization’s domain has not been spoofed.

BIMI is built on DMARC which is used with SPF and DKIM. DKIM stands for DomainKeys Identified Mail works on cryptography and ensures that the email messages you send are not modified in transit whereas SPF stands for Sender Policy Framework which is a form of email authentication that checks and specifies that the email servers from where they are being sent with their domain originate from a specific IP address.

A BIMI checker is easy to use where your domain name is the input and you get the results instantly.

Although it is not mandatory to use BIMI, it’s a good practice and your domain is protected which gives the users or recipients peace of mind about their messages which are authenticated.

With BIMI security in place, there is no way that cyber-attacks which consist of Phishing, or Spear-Phishing attacks would jeopardise the system. In July 2021, the search giants Google with their Gmail service in place had officially rolled out BIMI for all Gmail inboxes.

Currently, BIMI is supported by the following mailbox providers:

  • Fastmail
  • Proofpoint
  • Verizon Media (Yahoo!, AOL)
  • Google

If the email is legitimate inside an email inbox where a company logo is displayed with the help of a BIMI record which is a type of DNS TXT.

How BIMI works

The organizations which use the BIMI for authentication of their emails have to use Sender Policy Framework (SPF) or Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM) and apply DMARC which provides their validated trademark logos to the organization via a Verified Mark Certificate (VMC).  BIMI makes sure that your organization has adopted DMARC, and that you have validated your logo with a VMC. VMCs are being issued by two BIMI-qualified Certification Authorities i.e. DigiCert and Entrust Datacard.

Requirements to join BIMI

There is a brand trust developed with BIMI and to be a part of the BIMI there are the following conditions which need to be met:

•             The recipient’s domain needs to be DMRAC authenticated.

•             The recipient’s owner needs to obtain the right certification.

•             A standing history needs to be maintained.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Ques 1. What is BIMI?

Ans 1. BIMI provides email security that stands for Brand Indicators for Message Identification which displays the brand logo next to authenticated emails and allows the email users to recognize and avoid fraudulent messages.

Ques 2. Why it is important to have BIMI?

Ans 2. To protect your brand and consumers from fraudulent messages it is important to have strong email authentication and identification.

Ques 3. What is the BIMI record?

Ans 3.  It is a type of DNS TXT that is used to record and display the band logos within recipients.

Ques 4. What is BIMI Radar?

Ans 4. BIMI Radar is used to track the DMARC readiness and the adoption of BIMI with companies and organizations’ domains worldwide on a daily basis.

Ques 5. How to set up DMRAC?

Ans 5. To understand how to setup DMRAC, you need to click here

Ques 6. How to set up a BIMI txt record?

Ans 6.  To understand how to set up a BIMI txt record, you need to click here

Ques 7. What are the steps to implement BIMI for your emails?

Ans 7. The steps involved in implementing BIMI for the emails are:

1.            Implement SPF and DKIM

2.            Implement DMARC with the enforcement policy

3.            Publish a BIMI record

Ques 8. Which tools are used to check BIMI?

Ans 8. The easiest way to check the BIMI is with a BIMI lookup tool which can be chosen from BIMI Group, MX Toolbox, Agari and Valimail.

Ques 9. To which email providers does BIMI is supported?

Ans 9. BIMI is supported by the following mailbox providers:

•             Fastmail

•             Proofpoint

•             Verizon Media (Yahoo!, AOL)

•             Google

Ques 10. What is the reason for BIMI Logo Not Appearing in Emails?

Ans 10. To make sure that the BIMI logo appears in emails first make sure that you have an enforced DMARC Policy (p=quarantine or p=reject) and for Gmail, make sure you have a valid VMC.

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Azure vs AWS (Battle for the No.1 Spot)…!!

AWS vs Azure

Day in day out we talk about the cloud and the services provided by them. The market today is led by AWS followed by Azure and catching up are GCP (Google Cloud Platform).

There are around 160+ services provided by AWS and counts are adding up whereas in Azure the services are lesser than AWS but are also getting added up with time.

Let’s have a sneek peek at some of the important services by these market leaders:

AWS EC2 Vs Azure VM

AWS EC2 Instance Vs Azure VM Scale Sets

AWS S3 Vs Azure Blob Storage

AWS Lambda/Fargate Vs Azure Functions

AWS Beanstalk Vs Azure App Service

AWS SQS Vs Azure Queue Storage

AWS ELB (Elastic Load Balancer) Vs Azure Load Balancer

AWS VPN Vs Azure Virtual Network

AWS DynamoDB Vs Azure Cosmos DB

AWS Shield Vs Azure DDoS

AWS RDS Vs Azure SQL DB

AWS Red Shift Vs Azure Synapse Analytics

AWS Rekognition/Lex/Polly/Transcribe Vs Azure Cognitive Service

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Let’s Dig Down in AWS…!!

EC2 by AWS

As we know that there are many services which are offered by AWS , lets pick few and try to understand their usage and utility it has for us:

AWS EC 2 (Virtual Servers on Cloud)

  • EC2 stands for Elastic Compute Cloud
  • It is one of the most famous offerings by AWS
  • It is a IaaS platform
  • It is basically renting of VMs
  • Storing data on Virtual Drives (EBS , ELB) and Distributing load across machines
  • Scaling of service using an auto-scaling group (ASG)

There are wide variety of Amazon EC2 Instance types comprise varying combinations of CPU, memory, storage, and networking capacity that gives you the flexibility to choose the appropriate mix of resources for your applications.

Each instance type includes one or more instance sizes, allow you to scale your resources either up or down and in or out to the requirements of your target workload.

Types of EC2 Instance Types

  • General Purpose
  • Memory Optimized
  • Compute Optimized
  • Accelerated Computing
  • Storage Optimized
InstancevCPU*CPU Credits / hourMem (GiB) StorageNetwork Performance
t2.nano130.5EBS-OnlyLow
t2.micro161EBS-OnlyLow to Moderate
t2.small1122EBS-OnlyLow to Moderate
t2.medium2244EBS-OnlyLow to Moderate
t2.large2368EBS-OnlyLow to Moderate
t2.xlarge45416EBS-OnlyModerate
t2.2xlarge88132EBS-OnlyModerate

T2 instances – General Purpose Instance

Source: AWS Website , for more information, click here

EC2 Purchase Options

  • On-Demand Instance
  • Reserved Instance, Convertible Instance and Scheduled Reserve Instance
  • Spot Instance
  • Dedicated Hosts and Dedicated Instance

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IoT the Next CobWeb

IoT the Next CobWeb

In the world today where we are breathing through masks, due to the pandemic times, where mostly all are working from home. Businesses need to be automated. In a real business scenario where we would have some technical glitches or a bearing failure whereby the service technician would file a complaint, either by creating or raising a ticket physically over a tablet or laptop, but with IoT it will sensorise the oil well with more fine crane monitoring the data and analytics and read a conclusion as there will be a bearing failure in future. The automation will create a fixed ticket automatically, detecting through IoT and remediate it through choreographically.  

As per Gartner by 2024, 50 % of the enterprise’s applications in production will be IoT- enabled. Many applications will be connected to IoT as companies have connected IoT to their backhand systems.

The benefits of IoT and the widespread of IoT:

  • IoT enables your business applications to improve how you perform your business.
  • By 2023, 35% of midsize to large enterprises will leverage a hybrid cloud-to-edge computing deployment model for at least one IoT project.
  • By 2023, 25% of on-site industrial assets will be connected by closed-loop systems using IoT technologies.

Source: Gartner survey

Some of the IoT devices to be used :

  • BrainCube by Brain Cube
  • Kloudq IIoT by Kloudq Technologies
  • PTC ThingWorx by PTC
  • Oracle IoT cloud by Oracle
  • Azure IoT
  • IBM Watson IoT by IBM

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What is CASB?

CASB stands for Cloud Access Security Breaker, which is a software tool that acts as a barrier between on-premises and a cloud provider’s infrastructure which can be a Azure, AWS , Google Cloud , IBM cloud etc.

The technology is needed to secure cloud services which are being adopted at a large pace by different organization’s. CASB vendors understand that for the protection of cloud services is different since the data is yours but stored in a systems that belong to someone else.

The benefits provided by CASB are:

  • Efficiently govern cloud data.
  • Ensure compliance.
  • Guard against threats.

There are different vendors of CASB such as Bitglass, Microsoft , Mcaffee, Symantec , Cisco , Forcepoint etc. More information about the vendors – click here.

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Let’s understand Microsoft Azure?

Azure from the family of Microsoft

Azure the cloud platform introduced by the software giants Microsoft. Azure the latest cloud platform among the others famous cloud platforms such as AWS (Amazon Web Services) and Google Cloud. Azure was launched a decade ago in the market.

Azure provides a wide variety of services to its users that can be used without purchasing and provisioning your own hardware. Azure provides solution and rapid development to its resources that may not be possible in an on-premises environment. To people who are new to understand the word on-premise meaning services available on your desktop not on the cloud.

Azure provides a variety of services in its kitty such as compute, storage, network, and application services that allow users to focus on building great solutions without the need to worry about how the physical infrastructure is assembled.


Rulers of Cloud


What are the building blocks of Azure?

Azure App Service and Web Apps that consist of Web Apps, Logic Apps, Mobile Apps, API Apps, and Function Apps.

Azure Services includes many services in its cloud computing platform such as:

Compute services – This includes the Azure Virtual Machines—both Linux and Windows, Cloud Services, App Services (Web Apps, Mobile Apps, Logic Apps, API Apps, and Function Apps), RemoteApp, Service Fabric, and the Azure Container Service.

Data services – This includes Microsoft Azure Storage (comprised of the Blob, Queue, Table, and Azure Files services), Azure SQL Database, DocumentDB, StorSimple, and the Redis Cache.

Application services – This includes services that you can use to help build and operate your applications, such as Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Service Bus for connecting distributed systems, HDInsight for processing big data, Azure Scheduler, and Azure Media Services.

Network services – This includes Virtual Networks, ExpressRoute, Azure DNS, Azure Traffic Manager, and the Azure Content Delivery Network.

These are the following cloud offerings classified in three categories :

  • SaaS
  • PaaS
  • IaaS

For more information on the above cloud offerings, please check our earlier blog “Similarities between Cloud Computing and Pizza“.

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