Yahoo and Cisco submit email authentication scheme

Yahoo and Cisco’s joint email authentication technology has finally been submitted as a standard to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

The IETF will start discussing DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM), which SC Magazine first reported in early June, later this month.

"We have had the pleasure of working with thought leaders in the industry in developing the DKIM specification," said Jim Fenton, distinguished engineer at Cisco Systems. "By publishing a specification that has had multiple interoperable implementations and considerable multi-vendor contribution, we hope to expedite the process of IETF standardization so that adoption of DKIM can contribute to a solution for email fraud more rapidly."

DKIM is a combination of Cisco's Identified Internet Mail and Yahoo's Domain Keys, first submitted to the IETF last March. Initially the unification of the technologies hit some problems, but any creases seem to have been ironed out in the last month.

"We look forward to continued industry collaboration on DKIM, in an effort to create an open email authentication standard that is available to the industry-at-large." said Miles Libbey, anti-spam manager at Yahoo."

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