Important Alert: Google and Yahoo will require DMARC starting from April 2024.

Date of analysis: 13/02/2024

DMARC Adoption in Qatar: 2024 Report

DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance) is an email authentication protocol designed to improve your email’s security. DMARC has played a pivotal role in minimizing email threats like phishing and spoofing for years! So much so, that leading email service providers like Google and Yahoo are now enforcing it.

DMARC is more than just your everyday email authentication protocol like SPF and DKIM. While the latter are important prerequisites in authenticating the sender, DMARC paves the way for a feedback mechanism. With DMARC, you can configure reports on email deliverability and authentication to be sent back to you. Moreover, you can also instruct the receiving servers on how to treat emails failing authentication checks

Assessing the Threat Landscape

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With a surge in email-based threats in modern times, Qatar is no exception. Irrespective of the country or place, global technological advancements with the introduction of AI have increased the risk of cybercrime. This has had a worldwide impact, not sparing Qatar from the line of fire. 

According to this article by Economy Middle East, in the first quarter of 2023, Qatar recorded an 88% rise in phishing scams. This is in comparison to the value recorded in the first quarter of 2022. While the second quarter saw a 64% increase!

Kaspersky’s Spam and Phishing Report listed phishing due to social engineering scams as one of the top four email scams in Qatar. 

Qatar hasn’t been sitting idle in the face of rising cyber threats either! The country has implemented various measures to enhance its cybersecurity. In 2021, the National Cybersecurity Agency was established in Qatar, to aid in the detection and prevention of cyber threats. 

However, it is still important for individuals and organizations to take proactive measures to protect themselves. Increasing ‌adoption rates of authentication protocols like DMARC can be a great starting point!

In our Qatar DMARC Adoption Report for 2024, we will address the following major concerns:

  • What is the current situation of DMARC adoption and enforcement in organizations in Qatar?

  • How can we improve ‌domain security and email authentication infrastructure in Qatar to prevent impersonation attacks?

  • Which industry sectors in Qatar are the most vulnerable to email phishing?

  • How does PowerDMARC help organizations mitigate email-based threats?

To gain better insight into the current scenario we analyzed 961 domains belonging to top businesses and organizations in Qatar, from the following sectors:

  • Healthcare

  • Energy

  • Government

  • Banking

  • Education

  • Telecommunications

  • Media and Entertainment

  • Transport