Sharing threat intelligence and enhancing cybersecurity capabilities across Europe
With the launch of its website https://www.tld-isac.eu, the work of the first European top-level domain Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EUR TLD ISAC) has officially kicked off. The European TLD ISAC aims to strengthen cybersecurity capabilities and resilience and fosters collaboration among top-level domain operators across Europe.
As cyber threats continue to evolve and pose challenges to the digital landscape, proactive cybersecurity measures become ever more critical. The website serves as a platform for sharing insights and good practices. It is the central point of contact and information for anyone interested in the subject or in joining forces to tackle cyber threats.
Paul Lewis, CISO at Nominet and Chair of the TLD ISAC Steering Committee, said: “This ISAC is incredibly valuable as it gives us a platform to share our collective challenges, and the knowledge, thoughts, and best practices needed to face these. Right now, cyber criminals are out there sharing information and we need to do the same if we’re going to keep pace with the threat landscape. By taking this proactive approach, we can set a positive example for the TLD operator industry.”
Kristof Tuyteleers, CISO at DNS Belgium and Chair of the TLD ISAC Working Group, said: “The TLD ISAC Working Group will allow us to make use of the shared knowledge of all members across Europe to further improve our cybersecurity and response to emerging cyber threats. The website is an important facilitator. It is also our calling card for interested stakeholders to see what the ISAC has to offer and how important our joint contribution is to the global security of the domain name space.”
The number and the sophistication of cyber attacks is increasing day by day and impacting all parts of the Internet. To provide an efficient response to these daily attacks, domain name registries must now combine their forces and collectively organise the sharing of information and devise better lines of defence. The creation of the TLD ISAC (Information Sharing and Analysis Center) is designed to raise the level of resilience and protection in the DNS registry sector. The idea is to centralise confidential security information, to interact with other ISACs and to jointly build robust and powerful defence solutions.
The website will feature a resource library with content drafted by experts of the TLD ISAC Working Group. An article on measuring the maturity level marks the launch of the website, two more articles – one on DDOS attacks on authoritative servers and the use of firewalls, the other on unpatched DNS servers on internal networks – will follow soon.
The TLD ISAC is supported by CENTR, the association of European country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registries, of which Afnic is a member. Strategic oversight and impetus come from the Steering Committee consisting of the founding members of the TLD ISAC. The TLD ISAC will be welcoming collaboration partners at a later stage, yet interested parties are invited to contact the Steering Committee and Working Group Chairs.
The founding members of the TLD ISAC
- NIC.at https://www.nic.at/
- DNS Belgium https://www.dnsbelgium.be/
- SWITCH https://www.switch.ch/
- DENIC eG https://www.denic.de/
- Punktum dk https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/
- EURid https://www.eurid.eu/
- AFNIC https://www.afnic.fr/
- SIDN https://www.sidn.nl/
- Registry.si https://www.register.si/
- Red.es https://www.red.es/
- Nominet https://www.nominet.uk/
- supported by CENTR: https://www.centr.org
TLD ISAC website
Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.
In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity.
Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.
Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has nearly 90 employees.