Global Relationship Manager
How to stay ahead of recent DNS attacks
On February 15, 2019, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) issued an announcement regarding published reports of attacks on the Domain Name System (DNS). Given that many of the DNS hijacking attacks sourced in the announcement affected government, telecommunications and internet infrastructure entities, we would like to remind organizations about security best practices: Use registry lock on core domains. All core domains should have an additional lock, called Registry Lock, applied. Registry Lock will freeze domain confirmations at the registry level until the correct high-security protocol specified by both the client and registrar is followed. This prevents erroneous... Read More
Global Relationship Manager
Brexit: A new challenge for domain name registrants
In June of 2016, the United Kingdom held an historic referendum and public vote that would change the course of the country’s future forever. With a simple 51.89% to 48.11% majority, the UK public voted to leave the European Union and thus Britain’s exit, now commonly referred to as “Brexit,” began. Since that fateful decision, there have been some notable developments, including “Brexit remorse” (where exit supporters experience regret for their decision), and, in December, the European Court of Justice ruled that Britain had the power to revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit in its entirety. At present, the UK is... Read More
Spotlight: Ashley Wetzel, Domain Services Manager
This interview is part of an ongoing series created to help you get acquainted with the MarkMonitor team. Hailing from around the globe, our employees bring a diverse spectrum of industry skillsets to accomodate your online protection needs. We look forward to sharing more of these profiles with you throughout the year.  How long have you worked at MarkMonitor, and what positions have you held? I have worked at MarkMonitor for 11 years and was a Sr. Domain Client Services Manager/Training Specialist before I came to my current position as a Domain Services Manager, specializing in domain brokering. What’s a typical... Read More
Senior Writer
Online threats to watch in 2019
From cryptocurrency schemes to counterfeit ploys, there’s no slowdown in sight for cybercrime. Asia-based threats continue to surge. Counterfeit goods from China and Hong Kong combine to make up an estimated 86 percent of the world’s counterfeits, the value of which totals nearly $400 billion. A 2018 Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), released by Symantec, indicates that IoT attacks saw a 600 percent increase in 2017, while coin-mining activity spiked 34,000 percent. Watch these trends in the year ahead, and we’ll keep you up to speed as 2019 unfolds with whitepapers, webinars and events. Keep your eye on the crypto-sphere Threats... Read More
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
The unexpected consequences of GDPR
According to the European Commission, “the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was put into place to ensure one set of data protection rules for all companies operating in the EU, wherever they are based.” The purpose of this important privacy regulation is to ensure that individuals, residing in EU member states, have more control over their personal data and that data collectors take required steps to protect that data. No one can argue against the benefits of knowing the purpose for why personal data is collected and how it will be used, processed and disposed of; still, six months after the... Read More

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Stefanie has over ten years’ experience in anti-fraud, brand protection and vendor relations, she has worked with a wi... More