With so many new gTLDs moving into their respective general availability periods, and incidents of cybersquatting beginning to appear, many companies are now looking towards the URS (Uniform Rapid Suspension) as a possible solution for quickly remediating abuse. As a reminder, domains that are the subject of a successful URS ruling are suspended for the remainder of the registration term, or can be renewed for an additional year at the current registrar While the URS provides a number of upsides, it's not necessarily the panacea that many had hoped it would be. So let's talk about the good, the bad, and... Read More
Well folks, it’s that time of year again. It’s time for our countdown of the top 10 biggest domain stories for 2013. And while my predictions from last year were accurate, in that we did see a record number of registry and registrar breaches, I had no idea that this year’s biggest story would even appear on the list. So with that said, let’s get started. #10 – Registry Security Vulnerabilities Exposed With 23 registry security breaches in this last year, the number of incidents reached an all-time high. Popular ccTLD registries such as .CN (China), .BE (Belgium) and .MY (Malaysia)... Read More
Last month, some of my colleagues at MarkMonitor and I traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina for ICANN 48.  With the recent delegation and launch of the first new gTLDs, the atmosphere had an air of both excitement and anxiety.  In my opinion, there is much to be done before brand owners should begin to feel comfortable in the post-new gTLD Internet environment, which brings a host of new challenges, as companies attempt to scale monitoring and enforcement to the new (huge) domain name space. Thankfully, we made some important progress in a few key areas that impact the work we do... Read More
As we draw closer to the first new gTLD registry launch, many companies are beginning the arduous task of developing their new gTLD registration and blocking strategies. And after speaking with dozens of clients, I can tell you that the planned approaches are ranging from very minimal registration and blocking strategies for one or two core brands, all the way through to registrations of multiple brands in every single new gTLD registry. Generally speaking, we are recommending that companies look to register only exact-matches of their core trademarks in registries where there is a close correlation between the brand and the... Read More
Over the last 5 years, hacktivists have continued the practice of redirecting well-known domain names to politically motivated websites utilizing tactics such as SQL injection attacks and social engineering schemes to gain access to domain management accounts – and that, in and of itself, is not surprising. But what IS surprising is the fact that less than 15% of the 500 most highly trafficked domains in the world are not utilizing Registry Locking. Granted, Registry Locking is only available across 356 of the top 500 most highly trafficked domains, as not all Registries offer this service. Registry Locking provides an additional... Read More

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With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More