With the launch of its website, 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.
We are transported back to 1998, when a domain name could only be the full or abbreviated registered name of an organisation, when .si registration documents travelled from office to office, and when you waited for days to be approved!
What bureaucratic hurdles did Peter have to overcome to become a .si domain holder?
Geographical indications will soon get a new level of protection at EU level. Two regulations which should additionally unify the regulation of geographical indications in the EU are being adopted – for wine, spirit drinks and agricultural products and the other for craft and industrial products.
Trademarks, geographical indications and internet domains are three separate rights, but due to their similar use on the internet, they are often interconnected and therefore easily confused. Trademarks and geographical indication designate the origin of the goods or services and the connection between these goods/services and a specific provider. A domain can also have the same function.
In July 2022 the Interisle Consulting Group published their annual study on the prevalence of phishing attacks. Interisle, a private consulting firm consisting of industry experts, some of which have held positions at ICANN, analysed over three million phishing reports from 1 May 2021 to 30 April 2022 from multiple intelligence providers, but also took into account data from 2020 to create an biennial overview of phishing attacks – fraudulent practices of sending emails or setting up websites purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce internet users to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.
The Registry .si recently obtained the ISO27001 certificate – one of the most recognizable standards relating to information security, which provides requirements for the Information Security Management System (ISMS). The certificate attests that the Registry .si is proficient in protecting user data, reducing risk exposure and promoting a culture of information security. We talked with Barbara Povše Golob, Head of the Registry .si, who has presented the challenges we faced in the certification process.
I joined Register.si at the end of 2020 when the COVID-19 epidemic was at its peak. Even though I have been employed at Arnes for more than 15 years, taking on new work tasks, getting to know new colleagues and adjusting to team dynamics felt challenging
The strategic goals is a cornerstone document on goals, values and development of Registry.si.
The revised ARDS Rules of Procedure and General T&C will enter into force on the 1 February 2021, until then the currently valid documents remain in force.
Information Security Administrator at the Registry, Zala Primožič
Already during my studies at the Faculty of Security Sciences, where we focused mainly on police work, criminology, criminology and criminal law, I also became interested in information technology. So, I started thinking about upgrading my security skills with information security and computing skills, and maybe merging those areas someday.
Andrej Bagon, technical engineer at Registry .si
I have been interested in computer science since I was a child. We had a printing house at home and around ’85 the first computers started to appear in our office. If I remember correctly, my father was the first in our area to have a 286 – this meant Windows 3.0, CorelDraw 2.0 and a dot matrix printer. This caught my attention and it was in this way that I came across first text programming languages - Basic and Pascal.
Political, economic and social conditions affect the users’ choice of domain names, how many they register and for what purposes.
The General Terms and Conditions for Domain Name Registration under .si TLD stipulate that the user may not register a domain that is contrary to law, public policy or morals (see item 8. 1. 4.).
Registry.si aims to ensure stable, safe and reliable operations of the national .si domain. The General Terms and Conditions for Domain Name Registration Under .si TLD (GTC) stipulate that the holder may not register a domain name that is contrary to the law, public order and morals.
I am a mathematician by education. Before I started working at Arnes, I taught at the High School of Power Engineering in the early 1990s. But somehow it turned out that this was not a job where I would see myself in the long run.
Domain holder under the .si top-level domain is obliged – in accordance with the General Terms and Conditions (GTC) for registration of domain names under the .si top-level domain – to ensure that the registration data is always accurate, complete and current, that the contact email is valid and that the domain holder has exclusive and direct access to it.
While the work of the .si Registry is going smoothly, we are aware that many are still facing great concerns. Therefore, we decided to extend some of the measures we adopted at the .si Registry at the end of March in order to facilitate the operations of registrars and domain name holders.
Such massive consequences of the pandemic, were surely unexpected by most during the weeks, leading to the announcement of strict safety measures. Despite of this, Registry staff introduced several precautions. In accordance with our expectations, our systems turned out to be resilient and well planned.
Once again, 4th of April has come an passed – an important date for Register .si. This year, this date marks 15-th anniversary of fundamental change of domain registration rules.
While we are making sure all processes of Register.si are running smoothly, we are also aware that current circumstances are affecting your business. Given that many domain holders are at this time facing great challenges, we are trying to come up with ways to aid you and them.
Functioning of websites, e-mail addresses and other functionalities is, in these circumstances, surely even more important then usual.
Peter Van Roste, general manager of CENTR (Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries) spoke in Ljubljana on the matter of the inner workings of the world wide web and the different actors and communities that take care of different parts of the networks. He also warned about the innefective measure of DNS blocking and the problem of internet censorship.