New S/MIME Standards Go Into Effect in September 2023


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In January, industry leaders adopted new S/MIME Baseline Requirements that aim to increase consistency regarding how publicly trusted email signing certificates are issued and managed globally. Here are the key highlights you need to know…

Abnormal Security reports that nine in 10 (92%) survey respondents indicate they experienced one or more email-related security incidents in the past year. Many of these issues, including phishing a business email compromise (BEC) attacks, can often be prevented through education and security measures. Namely, by

  • providing cyber awareness training, and
  • requiring employees to digitally sign all outbound emails and encrypt ones containing sensitive data using an S/MIME digital certificate.

These email signing certificates are the small data files that make data signing and encryption possible. But for years, the industry’s been a bit of a Wild West when it comes to governing how these certificates are issued and managed. Now, things are changing as one of the industry’s governing bodies, the CA/Browser (CA/B) Forum, has signed off on a new set of standards called Baseline Requirements (BRs) to provide guidance on S/MIME certificates.

We’re always keeping our ear to the ground to keep you informed about big changes within the industry. This article will cover the need-to-know info first before diving into some of the more technical details of these new Baseline Requirements.

Let’s hash it out.

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