Thompson, Jesse

Jesse Thompson


Division of Information Technology (DoIT)

2019 Session

DMARC Pushing the Envelope

2018 Session

Title: Email Trust Issues? Find out why and what you can do to help.
Learn what UW-Madison is doing to improve email security and how campus IT professionals can help make email more secure.
This talk will focus on two areas: credentials are stolen causing the email service to be under constant attack, and domains are being spoofed which undermines the trust in our email.


Jesse has been on the UW-Madison email team since 2001. He spearheaded the implementation of anti-spam and reliable email delivery for university students, faculty, and staff. He monitors the anti-spam and email postmaster industry trends, old and new tactics, and emerging standards and best practices. He contributes to the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) and is the founding maintainer of the Anti-Phishing Email Reply (APER) project. After the team’s successful multi-year project to migrate the email service to Office 365 and consolidate the majority of email/calendaring systems across campus, Jesse is turning his attention to the next chapter of the UW-Madison email service: to fight the email forgery & phishing epidemic and improve the reputation of UW-Madison’s hundreds of email domains.