Trump administration to order agencies to adopt new email security standards

US President Donald Trump speaks to introduce his Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Kirstjen Nielsen in the East Room of the White House in Washington, US on Oct 12, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS
US President Donald Trump speaks to introduce his Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Kirstjen Nielsen in the East Room of the White House in Washington, US on Oct 12, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The Trump administration on Monday (Oct 16) will order federal agencies to adopt common email security standards in an effort to better protect against hackers, a senior Department of Homeland Security official said.

Speaking at an event in New York, DHS Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Jeanette Manfra said the agency would issue a binding directive to require implement the use of two cyber security measures, known as DMARC and STARTTLS, intended to guard against email spoofing and phishing attacks.

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