Agari Email TrustIndex For Q1 2013 Indicates Social Media Continues To Lead In DMARC Adoption

Social media continues to lead all sectors in the adoption of secure email standards

May 2, 2013

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SAN MATEO, CA – APRIL 30, 2013 - Agari, the leading provider of email security solutions that eliminates cybercrime through email phishing, today released the Agari Email TrustIndex&trade for the first quarter of 2013. The Index is the most comprehensive of its kind and assesses the risk of phishing attacks by measuring the adoption of essential email authentication standards against industry-wide phishing trends. While no sector achieved a perfect score of 100, the Agari Email TrustIndex showcases strong performance across several sectors for the calendar quarter ending March 31, 2013:

• Social Media continues to lead all sectors in the adoption of secure email standards.

• Financial Services slightly improved its score over the 2012 TrustIndex.

• Transportation and Logistics debuted with a solid TrustIndex score, nudging ahead of Financial Services.

• Internet Commerce stalled, reflecting similar performance to last year's TrustIndex.

"The implementation of email authentication is essential to fight cybercriminals who seek to defraud consumers, damage brands and cause millions of dollars in liability through phishing," said Patrick Peterson, Founder and CEO, Agari. "The latest Agari Email TrustIndex reveals measurable vulnerabilities and risks for some of the most critical sectors and underscores the importance implementing email security solutions to mitigate that risk."

Agari Email TrustIndex Scores by Sector

The TrustIndex is gleaned from data collected by Agari as it monitors billions of emails and thousands of domains across four major economic sectors. TrustIndex scores represent the average performance for members of each sector and reveal implementation levels of critical email standards including Domain-based Message Authentication Reporting and Conformance (DMARC). When implemented, solutions based on this standard virtually eliminate fraudulent phishing attacks. Compliance eliminates potential risk of consumer loss, brand damage and financial liability.

In addition to performance by each sector, the Agari Email TrustIndex for the first quarter of 2013 reveals that malicious email, as a percentage of total email sent, rose to a record level with Financial Services and Internet Commerce breaking the 10% threshold at various times during the quarter. While the Social Media sector showed declines of fraudulent email as a percentage of the total over the period, Internet Commerce, Financial Services and Transportation/Logistics sectors showed increases.

On a daily basis, Agari protects over 2.3 billion emails, stopping over four-million suspicious emails and detecting over 40,000 malicious URLs. The largest bank in the United States, the largest Internet Commerce payments processing firm, the most admired consumer electronics brand in the world, the three most popular social media sites and one of the world's largest shipping and logistics companies rely on Agari's DMARC-based email authentication solution to protect their brand and their customers from costly fraudulent email.

A free copy of the Agari Email TrustIndex, volume II, is available at For details about our research, please contact Agari at 650.918.6057 or email [email protected].

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