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Brian King
Director of Internet Policy and Industry Affairs
July 17, 2019
In a positive development for brand owners, ICM Registry, the entity behind the adult content-oriented .XXX Top Level Domain (TLD), has just announced its new blocking mechanisms, AdultBlock and AdultBlock+. Beyond .XXX, these blocks will cover all four of its adult-themed TLDs: .XXX, .PORN, .ADULT, and .SEX. Background ICM Registry first introduced the concept of brand protection by blocking with its “Sunrise B” phase in 2011, prior to ICANN’s larger new gTLD program. Motivated both by concerns about brand association with adult content and by the opportunity to protect brands at a lower cost than a defensive registration, many brand owners... Read More

Manager, Domain Services
Two decades of insight: Domain strategy and you in 2019
As we approach twenty years of experience as a brand protection and corporate registrar business, I am excited to say that MarkMonitor remains a trusted strategic partner to our many Fortune 1000 clients. By combining proprietary data and analysis with unmatched industry expertise, MarkMonitor delivers solutions that enable our clients to make meaningful decisions to maximize the utility and value of their domain name portfolios within the context of their brand protection strategies. Domain Strategy Team MarkMonitor provides a variety of solutions to our clients, including those offered by the Client Services Organization, comprised of subject matter experts, Client Service Managers... Read More
Director of Internet Policy and Industry Affairs
What’s Next for WHOIS: ICANN Board Approves EPDP Phase 1 Final Report
The ICANN board held a special meeting on May 15, 2019, during which it approved twenty-seven of the twenty-nine policy recommendations in the EPDP Phase 1 Final Report. The Phase 1 report represents the start of the ICANN community’s bottom-up consensus-driven policymaking effort to reinvent WHOIS (now called “registration data”) in a way that complies with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This report, combined with Phase 2 of the EPDP, will replace the Temporary Specification, which was an emergency measure passed by the ICANN board to bring registration data into compliance with GDPR in the short term while the... Read More
Security highlights Summit 2019 keynote
A key takeaway from the annual MarkMonitor Summit: Look for security compromise — and expect it.  Noted security blogger and investigative journalist Brian Krebs joined MarkMonitor as keynote speaker to break down the latest in online schemes and scams. He quantified damages to brand owners and consumers, as well as the evolution of threats over time, with examples from the obscure to the notorious. One theme remained consistent across the board: The threat to brand owners. It is one that will never cease, only transmogrify. In absence of cure, preparedness and response are prescribed. The emerging DNS threat One instance touched upon... Read More
Senior Portfolio Marketing Director
Understanding Today’s Trends: Domains and Cybersecurity
The domain landscape is ever-changing. Consider how far it’s come since the 1980s when the first domain names were registered. These were of the .net and .com variety. Fast-forward 25 years, and businesses are registering innovative .Brand extensions for reasons that range from marketing promotions to protective online protection of IP. The industry has been shaped by the launch of generic top level domains (gTLDs), ongoing legal and political changes, as well as the encroachment of cyber threats — all factors which make the management of your domain portfolio that much more important, yet complex. There are many factors to consider,... Read More
Global Head of Marketing, MarkMonitor
Report: Protect the domain, protect the brand
In a market characterised by intense competition and change, domains are key to establishing brand identity. They also form the core of a broader business strategy and therefore must be protected at all costs. But what are the best ways to approach domain management and security? How does this fit into the broader brand protection strategy? And how do different elements, such as dealing with infringement, fraud and brand abuse, affect one another? We sought these answers in our latest Global Business Survey by speaking to 700 marketing, legal and IT decision makers about the state of brand protection, domain and cyber... 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