Because email should be private.
By default, email is insecure. Nothing is private or confidential, yet email contains our most personal and confidential information—the digital keys to our lives. It is surprising for many to learn that Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), the internet standard governing email transmission, contains no security mechanisms.
Though email features and platforms continue to evolve, the evolution of email security has been stagnant.
Assuming our network is not safe and only using tools to mitigate this insecurity as best we can isn’t satisfactory. The Great DANE team is working in partnership with the email security and standards communities to evolve and gain adoption of the better email security.
Working with members of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), an open community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers collectively concerned about the evolution of the Internet, we are writing the software that will allow for the adoption of the new established set of email security standards being developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
This adoption, in coordination with utilization of the software we are developing, will allow anyone to be able to achieve secure email with anyone else, from anywhere.
To ensure global adoption of the software we are developing, we look to the open source community to be a part of this change by joining us to help shape the future of secure email.
One of the driving forces behind Great DANE, and the team writing the actual software, is Grier Forensics. Led by Jonathan Grier, our team leads the industry by carving our own path in cutting-edge digital forensic research and software development. Our focus is on developing tools, advancing digital forensic education and awareness, evolving industry standards, and innovating with practical application methods for the government, military, and corporate enterprise.