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Five Years of Technical Training in APAC to Ensure the Security, Stability and Resiliency of the Internet

As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of ICANN's Asia Pacific (APAC) regional office, we've been reflecting on our training involvement with the community we support, and our collective contribution towards a more secure, stable, and resilient Internet.

The Challenges

Our region is large, with some locations tucked in remote corners of the vast Pacific Ocean. It is also diverse, consisting of big and small economies, each at a different stage of development and growth.

However one thing remains consistent – the ever-increasing demand for technical training and capacity development.

During the last five years, we have offered over 110 technical capacity development courses and trained over 4,000 professionals in 35 countries. Recipients of our technical capacity development can be grouped into the following 'communities:' country code top-Level domain (ccTLD) operators, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) community, Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), Law Enforcement Agencies, Network Operator Groups (NOGs), government and regulatory agencies, and others.

The courses offered include lessons on the Domain Name System (DNS), DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC), network security, DNS abuse handling, cybersecurity, and much more. These training workshops last from three to five days, so out of the 52 weeks in a year, we are on the road conducting technical training nearly half the time!

Our APAC community strives to build more secure and resilient networks. We share this same vision and have worked together tirelessly to achieve it. One key focus areas is helping to increase DNSSEC deployment.

From Technical Training to DNSSEC deployment

What's Next?

With limited resources, we struggle to meet the ever-increasing demand for technical capacity development. However, we remain committed to working with you. Looking ahead, we hope to work more closely with community members who can deliver trainings to their respective communities. This will allow technical trainings to be delivered in a more scalable manner.

We are also working on providing more technical content on our e-learning platform, ICANN Learn. We hope that this will shorten the amount of face-to-face training required.

Please take a moment to read our fifth anniversary report for a high-level infographic of our training coverage so far, and let's continue to work together to make the Internet more stable, secure, and reliable.


    Domain Name System
    Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."