Cybersecurity Leadership Certification

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Proofpoint Certified Email Authentication Specialist


Friday, March 8th

10 am PT | 1pm ET

Introduction to Email from a Security Perspective

Friday, March 15th

10 am PT | 1 pm ET

The Ins and Outs of Email Authentication

Friday, March 22nd

10 am PT | 1pm ET

DMARC as a Journey, Not a Destination

Session 1

Introduction to Email from a Security Perspective 

Having a high-level understanding of how email works and why it is inherently unsecure will help set the stage for how bad actors exploit email vulnerabilities. From there we will cover common tactics and dive into detailed examples of various email attack types. The session will then finish with an introduction to email authentication methods and how they can help close the gaps in your email security.

In our first session our instructors will cover:

  • An overview of email’s inner workings
  • How email can be used for malicious activities
  • Real examples of various email-based attacks
  • Background and timeline of Email Authentication

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Session 2

The Ins and Outs of Email Authentication

Building on the first course’s introduction to the vulnerabilities of email, we will dig deeper into email authentication methods that can be used to help stop sender impersonation. We will discuss the concept of DMARC, its benefits and challenges, and introduce the role BIMI can play in deliverability.

In the second session, our instructors will cover: 

  • Email authentication methods
  • The concept of DMARC
  • The steps and challenges with implementing DMARC
  • The concept of BIMI

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Session 3

DMARC as a Journey, Not a Destination

For our final certification session, we will pull together all the previous concepts and outline the process of creating a plan for success. We will also cover how you can effectively evaluate AI/ML-based products that can help you on your journey and share our insights into the importance of maintaining a plan beyond reaching your p=reject policy goal.

In this third session, our instructors will cover:

  • Setting a plan for success
  • Aligning SPF and DKIM
  • Reaching p=reject
  • Shifting to maintenance mode
  • Identifying and resolving domain impersonation
  • Exploring solutions available to help address these

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There are some questions:

I attended the live session. Why has my attendance not been counted?

Please note that after each live session, we will review your attendance and update your completion status in the course module within a day or two. 

What email should I use to register?

Keep in mind that in order to be able to take the exams, you must use a business email. Please do not register with a personal email such as those with the domain “gmail” or “yahoo.” 

Please consistently use the same email you registered with throughout the program to ensure the accuracy of tracking your attendance towards getting certified.

I filled out the form on this page to enroll. Now what?

After filling out the form on this page to enroll in our certification program, you will receive an email from us confirming your spot reservation. We will send you separate emails within 3-5 business days for you to download your calendar invites and your links to join the live sessions. Please double check your spam folder and email security settings for these emails.

I can't get into the live session, it says it's full.

Please note that our live sessions have a seat limitation and will be on a first-come first-served basis. If you are unable to join the live session, you can always watch the recording on-demand to count towards your certification.

What if I am unable to attend one of the live sessions?

If you are unable to attend a live session, you may watch the recording and take the exam by April 26th, 2024 at 5 PM PT. 

What is considered a passing grade for each course?

To pass a course, you would have to attend the session either live or watch on-demand and take the exam at the end of the course. You need to score 100% on each exam to pass the course.

How many times can I retake the exams?

You have unlimited attempts to take the exams to get 100% scores to pass the courses.

How long will the recordings and exams be available for me to access?

You will have until April 26th, 2024 at 5 PM PT to access the course recordings and exams to complete your certification.

How long is each session?

Each session is about 1 hour long. Each exam will be about 15 minutes.

How much does the certification cost?

The courses and certification are free.

Do I need to watch all three sessions?

Yes. You are required to watch all three sessions (either on-demand or live) to be eligible for your certification in addition to passing all of your exams. 

When can I take the exams?

The exam(s) will automatically be available to you on the Proofpoint training platform AFTER you've completed the required session(s).

I can't login to the Proofpoint training platform.

If you are running into problems logging into the Proofpoint training platform, please go to You'll create an account using the same email address you used to enroll in this course, and then you'll be able to access the course modules. 

I've completed the exams. How do I redeem my badge & certificate?

Once you've completed all the sessions and passed all the exams, you will automatically receive your digital badge and certification via Credly. You may login to your Credly account to accept or download directly in Proofpoint's training platform.

My badge expired, how can I get it renewed?

All 2022 graduates for Ransomware, DLP, and Phishing are eligible to get their badge(s) and certificate(s) renewed for 2023. Follow the instructions at the link here. We will open up more badge renewals for 2023 graduates later this year, please stay tuned.

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