DMARC is an email authentication protocol. It is designed to help email senders and receivers better protect and secure email communications from spam, phishing, and other email-based threats. When an email fails DMARC authentication, it is considered "non-aligned." This means that the email did not come from the domain it claimed to come from, or that the email failed SPF and/or DKIM authentication checks. Non-aligned emails may be blocked or quarantined by the email receiver.