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CyberScoop’s Shaun Waterman interviewed GCA Director of Operations, Shehzad Mirza, this week about the recent DHS Binding Operational Directive 18-01 and the improvement in DMARC adoption amongst federal agencies in just the two weeks since the directive was issued.

You can read the full article here.


The Global Cyber Alliance is pleased to announce the addition of Maryam Rahmani, CISSP, as its Global Partnership Officer. Maryam will leverage her 25 years of experience in technology sales, consulting and cybersecurity policy to provide value to GCA’s existing partner network and grow its partnership sphere across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

“Adding someone with Maryam’s experience, skills, and ability is a major boost to our organization,” said Global Cyber Alliance President and CEO Philip Reitinger. “For more than two decades she has positioned technology solutions to address complex problems.  She has worked with private sector companies across sectors including communications, energy, and financial services. Her experience and her passion for cybersecurity, make her a perfect fit to help us fulfill our mission to eradicate systemic cyber risk.”

Rahmani reciprocated Reitinger’s enthusiasm saying, “Joining Global Cyber Alliance is a calling and a natural continuation of my commitment to cybersecurity, as I sincerely believe in GCA’s mission of doing something measurable to reduce cyber risk. I am thrilled to be part of an alliance made up of and supported by high caliber, well respected and experienced people, organizations, and companies dedicated to making the cyber domain safer and more secure for all. I look forward to helping GCA spread its mission globally by supporting existing partners and their stakeholders to deploy valuable best practices, participate in ongoing projects, as well as reaching out to other like-minded entities and inviting them to join this global alliance. By working together, we can make a difference and reduce cyber risk.”

Beyond her work with GCA, Maryam is deeply committed to outreach and awareness activities in support of encouraging more women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math especially information security.  She currently serves as the Technical Co-Chair for the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Forum East. She is an active member of the ISSA Women in Security (WIS) Security Interest Group(SIG) and previously served as a board member of the Society of High Performance Computing Professionals (SHPCP). She holds a Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity Policy from University of Maryland University College and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida.

GCA Press Release

NEW YORK, October 16, 2017 – The Global Cyber Alliance today applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s issuance of a Binding Operational Directive (BOD) focused on bolstering email and web site security for all federal agencies that operate .gov email and website domains.

At a cybersecurity roundtable hosted by the Global Cyber Alliance, Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, announced that, within the next 90 days, all federal agencies will be required to:

  • Deploy the email security protocol DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance) to prevent spammers and phishers from using federal agency email domains to conduct cyber attacks.

Within the next 120 days, all federal agencies will also be required to:

  • Employ HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) for all websites to provide more secure connections between citizens and government agencies; and
  • Use other protocols along with HTTPS to help ensure that communications with the federal government are secure.

“It is critical that U.S. citizens can trust their online engagements with all levels of the federal government,” Assistant Secretary Manfra said. “Today, we are calling on all federal agencies to deploy a toolkit of advanced cybersecurity technologies that will enable them to better fulfill our ultimate mission – serving and protecting the American public.”

“A single spoofed email can compromise the security of an entire organization, and a breach at one organization can sometimes leave an entire industry open to similar attacks and vulnerable to fraud. Working with our partners, my office is committed to reducing cyber risks worldwide, and I encourage others in both the public and private sector to take precautions against malicious activity by implementing tools like DMARC,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr..

DMARC is supported by 85 percent of consumer email inboxes in the United States (including Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc.) and more than 4.8 billion email inboxes worldwide. However, DMARC adoption rates among enterprises and government remains low.

“DMARC doesn’t protect email, it protects people,” said Phil Reitinger, President and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance. “Once federal agencies fully deploy DMARC, citizens cannot be phished by a criminal posing as a government employee. The federal government is stepping up and setting an example that the private sector should follow. If the U.S. government can deploy DMARC across more than 1,300 domains, then we should expect the same of the companies on which we depend.”

For more details on DMARC, please visit:


About the Global Cyber Alliance

The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector effort dedicated to confronting cyber risk and improving our connected world. It is a catalyst to bring communities of interest and affiliations together in an environment that sparks innovation with concrete, measurable achievements. While most efforts at addressing cyber risk have been industry, sector, or geographically specific, GCA partners across borders and sectors. GCA’s mantra “Do Something. Measure It.” is a direct reflection of its mission to eradicate systemic cyber risks.

GCA, a 501(c)3, was founded in September 2015 by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the City of London Police and the Center for Internet Security. Learn more at



By Renée McLaughlin

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the United States and Cyber Security Month in Europe.  At GCA, we are excited to be a Champion and contribute to the effort with a 100% focus on DMARC implementation. This Special Edition of the GCA newsletter is dedicated to encouraging all organizations to implement DMARC to protect themselves and their customers and members. We have spent the last year working with partners and supporters around the globe to raise awareness, educate and make available tools, resources and training materials to assist organizations. We hope you enjoy this edition – we have many new features and resources for our global community!

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The author, Renée McLaughlin, is the Director of Digital Media and Editor at the Global Cyber Alliance. You can follow her on Twitter @RNMc3.