Tag: Verisign

U.S. Government further delays IANA Transition timeline with an option of up to three additional years if need be

Domains, Governance, Internet
The Internet global multi-stakeholder community needs time to complete its work, have the plan reviewed by the U.S. government and then put it into action if approved, the U.S. Department of Commerce said Monday. The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said in March last year it planned to let its contract with ICANN to operate key domain-name functions expire in September 2015, passing the oversight of the agency to a global governance model, however this is likely to extend as per the latest blog update below The Internet’s global multistakeholder community has made tremendous progress in its work to develop a proposal to transition the historic stewardship role NTIA has played related to Internet’s domain name system (DNS). When we announced our

Verisign Part 3 of 4: Name Collision Mitigation Requires Qualitative Analysis

Burt Kaliski | Nov 13, 2013 As discussed in the several studies on name collisions published to date, determining which queries are at risk, and thus how to mitigate the risk, requires qualitative analysis (New gTLD Security and Stability Considerations; New gTLD Security, Stability, Resiliency Update: Exploratory Consumer Impact Analysis; Name Collisions in the DNS). Blocking a second level domain (SLD) simply on the basis that it was queried for in a past sample set runs a significant risk of false positives.  SLDs that could have been delegated safely may be excluded on quantitative evidence alone, limiting the value of the new gTLD until the status of the SLD can be proven otherwise. Similarly, not blocking an SLD on the basis that it was not queried for in a past sample set runs a co

9 out of 10 US Small Businesses Prefer A .Com says Verisign

A study conducted by According to a recent survey of millions of consumers by Weebly, 56 percent said they do not trust a business without a website,Moreover, Internet Retailer recently reported that online research is critical for driving traffic to physical stores. And Forrester Research predicts sales influenced by the Web in 2014 will reach $1.409 trillion. With more than 25 million businesses around the globe online, those without an online presence are at a clear disadvantage.   Verisign commissioned this research from Merrill Research to glean insight into the motivations, perceived benefits and barriers, and preferences of small businesses around the world for creating an online presence with the intent of helping those small businesses that have not yet brought their business...

Senators push NTIA, to demand answers on new gTLD security

Domains, Governance
Did Verisign get to the US Congress? That’s the intriguing question emerging from a new Senate appropriations bill. In the bill, the Senate Appropriations Committee delivers a brief but scathing assessment of the National Telecommunication and Information Administration’s performance on ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee. It says it believes the NTIA has “not been a strong advocate for U.S. companies and consumers”. If passed, the bill would order the agency to appear before the committee within 30 days to defend the “security” aspects of new gTLDs. The bill “urges greater participation and advocacy within the GAC”. While the NTIA had a low-profile presence at the just-finished Durban meeting, it would be difficult to name many other governments that participate or advocate more

Verisign: New gTLD Security and Stability Considerations

Cyber Security, Domains
Verisign have sent a letter to ICANN concerning New gTLD Security and Stability Considerations according to their Labs Technical Report   —The introduction of multitudes of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) into the DNS (the Internet’s de facto name mapping system) will have far-reaching effects. Any party concerned with the issues of privacy, trust, confidence, or the overall security of the DNS after the addition of new gTLDs (either from the consumer or the operator perspective) is implic- itly depending on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the broader DNS community to appropriately address these issues before delegating any new gTLDs.   The risk of a misstep during the process of introducing new gTLDs to the global DNS could have far-re