Abuse & Brand Protection Trends in African TLDs

From my post on the iQ blog:

We’re all back from our summer vacations and once again busy producing new video interviews and podcasts with a variety of industry experts for your viewing and listening pleasure in the upcoming weeks and months!

To that end, I spoke recently with Daniel Greenberg, who is the Director, CEO, and Founder of Lexsynergy, a UK-based domain management and online brand protection specialist registrar with additional offices in Ireland, the USA, South Africa, and Australia. Some in our industry refer to such registrars as “corporate registrars.”

I’ve known Daniel and his company for several years, and from conversations at various industry events was aware of their particular expertise in dealing with African TLDs. (e.g. .ml – Mali; .ga – Gabon). As we are receiving abuse reports from our sources for a select group of African TLDs, I thought it would be a good time to catch up with Daniel and get his take on the latest concerning Internet usage, brand and IP protection issues, and abuse in African TLDs.

Just want to listen? Here’s the podcast version:

How .BANK addresses the Cybersecurity Problem | Guest: Drew Schiff iQ Global Podcast

Drew Schiff, Director, Engagement Services at fTLD, speaks with Pinky Brand, Senior Vice President at iQ. 00:17 – Introduction and background on open vs. restricted domain extensions and overall cybersecurity threats 02:35 – The origins of the .BANK domain extension 03:46 – The application and approval process of getting .BANK into the root zone 05:00 – What is the primary benefit of the .BANK domain extension to banks and consumers? 09:22 – Who within a bank should be involved in the adoption of ..BANK? 11:11 – What are the requirements to obtain a .BANK domain name? 14:00 – Is it expensive and complex to move a bank's primary URL to .bank? How does it compare to other security, verification, and digital initiatives that banks need to undertake? 17:10 – Comments on vetting each applicant 18:47 – How are users responding to banks using a .bank domain? 22:00 – How .BANK educates registrars, banks, and consumers about .BANK 25:02 – What about premium names? Can a bank reserve or obtain more than one name or register a slogan, etc? (e.g. SuperSafe.bank) 26:42 – What other actions does the .BANK registry take to protect end-users from potential abuse threats? 28:50 – How to learn more and contact .BANK directly for a discussion Stay informed on your Domain Abuse situation, and get FREE tailor-made reports within seconds from one of the world's most extensive repositories of malicious domains, and gain insight into Domain Abuse trends at: https://abusestats.com/ Recorded: 10 November 2021
  1. How .BANK addresses the Cybersecurity Problem | Guest: Drew Schiff
  2. Abusive Domain Names & Defensive Domain Blocking | Guest: Kevin Kopas
  3. Anti-Phishing Working Group | 10 minutes with Peter Cassidy, Co-Founder
  4. Abuse & Brand Protection Trends in African TLDs | Guest: Daniel Greenberg
  5. Premium Domain Names | A .cloud & European perspective | Guest: Shaun Wilkinson

Published by pinkybrand

I publish to three blogs. One (PinkysEye.com) is related to my lifelong interest in photography, video, travel, and telling stories. The second (PinkyBrand.com) addresses my experiences and opinions in the domain name industry, where I’ve spent the better part of the last 25 years at the registry and registrar levels. The third (iq.global/blog) shares knowledge and updates from iQ Global AS regarding cybersecurity, business intelligence, DNS abuse, DevOps and consulting for the domain name and hosting industries.

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