Using DMARC XML Analyzer to Analyze DMARC Aggregate Reports

Analyzing DMARC aggregate reports can be tricky because they are presented in XML format. DMARC XML Analyzer simplifies these reports and provides them in TXT formats to enable security teams to understand them comfortably.

Today, businesses face various cyber risks such as phishing, spoofing, and Business Email Compromise, all of which use the email route to infiltrate network systems. Hence, organizations should use email authentication tools like SPF, DKIM, and DMARC. In addition, DMARC XML analyzers prove helpful in analyzing the various reports generated by DMARC reporting services.

How Do DMARC XML Analyzers Work?

DMARC Reporting Services help organizations receive automated reports from email servers receiving messages from their domain. DMARC reports come in two types, Aggregate Reports and Forensic Reports. The Aggregate reports help understand the messages that pass SPF, DKIM, and DMARC.

The Aggregate reports indicate:

  • The servers sending messages that fail DMARC
  • The percentage of messages that pass DMARC
  • The servers or 3rd party senders using your domain for sending emails
  • The actions receiving servers take on email messages, depending on your defined DMARC policies (p=none, p=quarantine, or p=reject)

The DMARC Aggregate reports are XML reports that can prove challenging to read, understand, and analyze. These reports are received in zip-compressed folders. The DMARC XML Analyzer helps analyze these reports by assisting users in creating a virtual dashboard to help in the analysis. It also stores past reports that prove helpful when researching future received DMARC reports.

What Do the Aggregate Reports Convey?

The DMARC Aggregate reports convey the following information.

  • Domain – The details of domains where you published DMARC records to collect data
  • Policy – The DMARC policy applied to non-compliant emails used in the DMARC record for the domain
  • Compliance – The percentage of DMARC-compliant emails sent from the domain for the specific chosen period
  • Sources – The number of IP addresses sending emails from your domain
  • DMARC Pass – The number of messages sent from your domain that comply with DMARC
  • DMARC Fail – The number of emails sent from your domain that fail DMARC for the specific period
  • SPF Fail – The number of SPF failed messages sent through your domain for the chosen period
  • DKIM Fail – The number of emails that fail DKIM for the selected period
  • Forward – The total messages sent from your domain and forwarded for the specific period
  • Unknown – The number of sources IP addresses that send emails for your domain but missed an SPF record or DKIM signature
  • Total – The total email messages sent from your domain for the specific chosen period

Generally, the DMARC XML Analyzer displays the analytics for 30 days by default. However, you can change it, depending on your requirements.

Final Words

DMARC XML Analyzer proves helpful in simplifying the aggregate reports generated in XML format. In addition, it enables organizations to formulate email security strategies and prevent cyberattacks like phishing, spoofing, and BEC.