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Statton Hammock
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
January 23, 2018
In approximately four months, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become effective. This regulation, intended to harmonize data protection and privacy laws across Europe, will have a significant impact on the domain name industry, particularly with respect to the collection and display of registrant information referred to as “WHOIS” data.  Currently, domain name registrars are required to collect personal data from each domain name registrant, escrow it, and then pass that information to the Registry Operator pursuant to the terms of their Registrar Accreditation Agreement with ICANN. For the last two months, interested parties have suggested models for a... Read More
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Portfolio Marketing Manager
Part 3: Email Compromise Scams are Still Prevalent — Prepare for Tax Season!
In this third and final part of my three-part series on the challenges we face to securely functioning online in 2018, I’ll look at the threat of Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams during tax season in the United States. For the past couple of years, I’ve written about how Business Email Compromise scams are associated with tax season which runs from January through April in the United States. As we head into the 2018 tax season it’s a good time to remind employees how to recognize these emails so as to not fall prey to these scams. For the last two... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Manager
Part 2: Brand-Targeted vs. Brand-Associated Malware: What’s the Biggest Threat to your Organization?
In Part One of this three-part series about the top threats to be aware of for operating on the internet in 2018 I reviewed the trust issues around verifying secure sites and different aspects of SSL certificates. I’ll now move on to discuss the issues associated with malware and what we expect to see in 2018. Malicious software has transitioned over the years, from relatively harmless adware to spyware, to keystroke loggers and banking trojans, to the massive ransomware attacks widely reported around the world in 2017 — such as with the Wannacry and Petya attacks. Throughout these developments, there has... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Manager
The Perils of Operating on the Internet: The Top Threats for 2018
Introduction As of April 2017, there were 3.8 billion people in the world accessing the Internet. That’s roughly 51 percent of the world’s population and officially means non-Internet users are becoming the minority. As 2018 dawns, it’s important to understand that in developed countries, we now live in a digital society; indeed, it’s nearly unheard of to live, work, or go to school without Internet access being required. As our digital penetration increases, so does the risk that individuals and organizations are exposed to when operating online. In fact, as real-world traditional crime has been going down, online related crime and... Read More
Global Head of Marketing, MarkMonitor
Fakes get sneakier on social media
Social media has transformed the way brands interact and engage with consumers and, as part of that change, opened up a new avenue for the sale of counterfeit goods. Scammers leverage social platforms to impersonate brands by repurposing legitimate images, brands names and logos to appear credible before promoting fake goods and directing consumers to counterfeit websites. Whether through fake social media accounts or illegitimate listings and advertisements on online marketplaces, it’s a serious problem  causing significant headaches for a variety of brands. This isn’t to say that efforts aren’t being made to prevent this activity. Many brands choose to implement... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Director
Where in the World is MarkMonitor…
Each year, MarkMonitor hosts a number of focused events for our clients, and we are also regular participants at industry events such as ICANN and INTA meetings. 2017 has been no exception, with MarkMonitor domain management representatives traveling the globe throughout the year.  Q4 of 2017 is shaping up to be our busiest time of year yet with over 25,000 miles traveled so far.  Multiple events in London, several cities in the US, Japan, China and United Arab Emirates have kept us busy! In early October, we hosted our 11th MarkMonitor Forum in San Francisco, California, where domain and brand protection... Read More

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