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Domain Name System Security Facilitation Initiative Technical Study Group Begins Its Work

1 July 2020

I’m pleased to report that the Domain Name System Security Facilitation Initiative Technical Study Group (DSFI-TSG) held its first meeting on 16 June 2020. The DSFI-TSG will now begin its work to investigate the potential mechanisms to strengthen collaboration and communication on the security and stability issues that impact the Domain Name System (DNS).

ICANN is just one partner in the DNS ecosystem and it will require input from a variety of stakeholders to create a more secure DNS ecosystem. This study group brings together experts in DNS standards and operations, and those who have experience handling cybercrime and security incidents, registry/registrar operations, and critical infrastructure operations.

Members of the DSFI-TSG are:

  • Tim April
  • Gavin Brown
  • John Crain
  • Merike Käo
  • Rod Rasmussen
  • Marc Rogers
  • Katrina Sataki
  • Robert Schischka
  • Duane Wessels

We will work together to build a comprehensive set of recommendations for what ICANN should – and should not – do to establish and promote best practices, facilitate communications between ecosystem participants, and implement processes to help the community handle threats to the DNS.

Our work is technical in nature; questions of policy may be identified and raised, but answering those questions is out of scope for this study group.

Now that we have formally begun our work, immediate next steps include finalizing our charter and scope, setting milestones, and prioritizing research and discussion topics. We plan to publish regular blog posts to update the community on our progress, and meeting notes will be made available on the DSFI-TSG website.


Merike Käo

Merike Käo