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Securing the management of domain names: Afnic recommendations

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The domain name being a powerful factor in online communication, in this theme file Afnic discusses the issues involved in the methodology studied. Tips and best practices are the main features of the paper, allowing companies to easily establish a policy for managing and targeting interactions with their providers.


The document proposes a practical approach for:

  • Identifying and assessing the risks involved;
  • Limiting the risks from inside the company;
  • Limiting the risks from outside the company.

The document cites recent examples to illustrate all of these points.


Leveraging its expertise, Afnic seeks to provide readers with a series of best practices that can be used to improve the management of their assets and ensure their visibility on the Internet. Best practices that have proven to be extremely effective in dealings with specialized service providers.


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About Afnic

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.