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Introducing the DNS Security Facilitation Initiative Technical Study Group

6 May 2020
By Göran Marby

Attacks on the Domain Name System (DNS) rarely impact only one actor in the Internet ecosystem. With significant recent attacks such as the Sea Turtle hijacking and the DNSpionage, we see an urgent need to come together and respond. The solution, or solutions, that would best improve the security and stability of the DNS ecosystem are not yet clear. However, it is clear that a new level of collaboration and understanding is required.

In alignment with the FY21-FY25 Strategic Plan, ICANN org will work with stakeholders to investigate mechanisms to strengthen collaboration and communication on security and stability issues. To begin this effort, I’m pleased to introduce the DNS Security Facilitation Initiative Technical Study Group. This Technical Study Group will explore ideas around what ICANN can and should be doing to increase the level of collaboration and engagement with DNS ecosystem stakeholders to improve the security profile for the DNS. The group aims to recommend next steps by May 2021.

Merike Käo, Security & Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) Liaison to the ICANN Board and Chief Security Strategist for Double Shot Security, has agreed to serve as coordinator for this group. She is well-qualified for the role, having more than 25 years of experience in leading and developing global security initiatives and enabling interdisciplinary cooperation.

The Technical Study Group will be made up of invited members with expertise in handling emergency response coordination, DNS security, large-scale DNS operations, network architecture and design, DNS policy, and more. This group is being supported by members of the ICANN org.

Over the next few weeks, the composition of the group will be finalized, and they will begin the work of creating the charter. Merike will share an update once this planning phase has been completed. If you have questions or comments about this initiative, please post them below in the comment section.


Göran Marby

Göran Marby

Former President & CEO