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ICANN Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Global Cyber Alliance

LOS ANGELES – 16 June 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA). The MoU aims to bolster the relationship between ICANN and the GCA and enhance their collaboration in support of an efficient and resilient Domain Name System (DNS). These efforts are of interest to both parties and target important issues, such as security threats to the DNS.

"For ICANN org and GCA to work together on research and increasing awareness of the different forms of DNS abuse is something that makes complete sense. As we join forces, we will leverage each other's strengths to support and protect our unique communities which, in the end, make up one single, global community" – Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO.

"GCA shares ICANN's vision of secure Internet infrastructure, and we are proud to partner with ICANN to achieve that. We all depend on the DNS, therefore improving the security and privacy DNS provides can extend across the Internet to protect everyone, especially including vulnerable communities." – Philip Reitinger, GCA President and CEO.

Security threats to the DNS affect millions of Internet users and are a primary concern for both organizations. The MoU is intended to advance the organizations' shared objective of supporting activities aimed at reducing abuse of the DNS. ICANN and GCA have agreed to collaborate on activities aimed at reducing risk in the DNS. These activities may include research projects; projects to increase capabilities to address threats to and abuse of the DNS; coordination of efforts to bring stakeholders together; and exchange of information. Read the full Memorandum of Understanding here.

To learn more about GCA's efforts to make the Internet more secure visit https://globalcyberalliance.org.

About GCA

GCA is an international, cross-sector effort dedicated to eradicating cyber risk and improving our connected world. The GCA was formed in September 2015 by the Manhattan District Attorney's office, the City of London Police, and the Center for Internet Security to unite global communities, implementing solutions to address systemic cyber risk and measuring the efforts of those solutions.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.


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