Emergency Back-end Registry Operator
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2 February 2016 – Emergency Registry Operator Transition Simulation Successful
ICANN has completed a test of the Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) program. The test resulted in the successful transition of operations from an existing registry to Nominet, an EBERO service provider based in the U.K.
The procedures that have been implemented as part of the EBERO Program to protect against a potential registry service interruption worked as planned. Lessons learned during this exercise will help the team responsible for executing the EBERO Program refine its processes.
ICANN thanks all companies that participated in this exercise. The effort that went into simulating an EBERO event will support ICANN's efforts to ensure the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet and the Domain Name System.
ICANN's EBERO providers must meet stringent technical requirements and have demonstrated years of experience in operating Domain Name Services, Registration Data Directory Services and Extensible Provisioning Protocol Services. In addition to Nominet, ICANN has contracted with the China Internet Network Information Center and Core Association to provide EBERO services.
The establishment of Emergency Back-End Registry Operators, or EBEROs, are an important innovation of the New gTLD Program. The EBERO program mitigates risks to the stability and security of the Domain Name System in the event of New gTLD operator failure.
Emergency back-end registry operators are temporarily activated if a TLD registry operator is at risk of failing to sustain any of the five critical registry functions. These functions are:
- DNS resolution for registered domain names
- Operation of Shared Registration System
- Operation of Registration Data Directory Services (e.g., Whois)
- Registry data escrow deposits
- Maintenance of a properly signed zone in accordance with DNSSEC requirements
EBEROs are limited in the services they can provide. For example, EBEROs will not provide any additional services that a TLD operator may have offered its customers, such as web hosting or network analytics.
The currently contracted organizations meet stringent technical requirements and have demonstrated years of experience in operating domain name services, registration data directory services and extensible provisioning protocol services. They are:
- China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC)
- CORE Association (CORE Internet Council of Registrars)
ICANN is responsible for declaring an event requiring EBERO emergency services and coordinating all emergency response activities.