Global Relationship Manager
Protecting Your Domain Assets
The domain industry is a fast paced, fluid environment that is constantly evolving. Security breaches, social engineering attacks and phishing schemes continue to be on the rise and are becoming more sophisticated. Brand holders need to ensure they are taking all necessary precautions to protect one of their most valuable assets—their domains. One of the first steps brand holders should take is to make sure their registrar of choice employs a hardened portal that constantly checks for security and code vulnerabilities. The registrar must have a proven track record of being able to stay on top of new exploits, researching and... Read More
Former Portfolio Marketing Manager
A Smarter Strategy to Keep Third-Party Sellers in Check
Your products can be sold online by sellers large and small in hundreds of marketplaces and websites, both well-known and obscured. It can be quite overwhelming. To tackle this problem you need to have a plan. The first step when you’re trying to assess the scope of your compliance problem is to focus on the marketplaces that really matter. Are we talking Amazon and eBay — or smaller players like Allegro or Bonanza?  They shouldn’t carry the same weight in your brand compliance program. Once you’ve figured out where to focus your efforts, make compliance manageable by dividing your sellers into... Read More
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
The Next Top (Whois) Model?
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

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