Cisco’s Involvement in DomainKeys Doesn’t Affect Authentication Much

Cisco and Yahoo! recently announced they have brought their two certificate-based approaches to email authentication in sync. The two approaches were: DomainKeys from Yahoo! and Internet Identified Mail from Cisco. The combined technology solution will be called DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM).
Cisco's one of the most important vendors in the computer industry. So you might think this gives real impetus to DKIM. Somehow, we doubt this. Cisco has enormous influnce in the Internet world, but we don't see it having much influence in messaging. DomainKeys would get a much bigger boost with the backing of other players, such as Microsoft, IBM, Hotmail, and AOL.
On the other hand, it removes some confusion about "competing standards" and allegations that there's something wrong with DomainKeys.

Author: David Ferris

One Comment

  1. Anonymous Guy
    Posted June 22, 2005 at 10:14 AM | Permalink

    Even with Cisco’s help, DKIM will struggle to succeed. The pain of adopting it is too much for most organizations to bear and the benefits somewhat weak. If we are on the topic of implementing message signatures, why not just use S/MIME?

    All email clients support it and the certificate infrastructure is already in place to verify — and provide visual feedback — as to the authenticity of messages.

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