Cybersecurity for ccTLDs: Governance and Best Practices

05 September 2014 - A Workshop on Istanbul,Turkey


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Enhancing Digital Trust


Country code top level domains (ccTLDs) are vital for countries’ national interests; they provide an economic and social platform, a focal point for the development and dissemination of ICT expertise, a platform – and therefore potential single point of failure - for the provision of government online services, and a catalyst for local and diaspora content development and communication. ccTLDs have the potential to be a target of vulnerability across all of these activities. Their cyber security is therefore of critical national importance.
As ccTLDs can attract malicious attacks from non-state and state-associated actors, they also raise critical questions for global Internet governance. This workshop poses and aims to provide globally sourced answers to the question:

How can the over 250 country code top level domains around the world, each with its own governance and operational model and challenges, address and improve national and global cyber security in a sustainable way?

Using the Oxford University Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre’s ‘ccTLD Cyber Security Best Practices and Metrics’ as a jumping off point, this workshop will ask the experts, policymakers and practitioners how to address critical Internet governance issues in the ccTLD context: DNS security and national sovereignty, data privacy and law enforcement access, intellectual property rights protection, malicious activities and attacks.

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Maria Farrell
Private Sector
InterConnect Communications

Ian Brown
Civil Society
Oxford Internet Institute Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report

Type of session


Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#cctlds #cybersecurity #cctldsecurity #dnssec #udrp

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Name: Ian Brown
Stakeholder group: Academia
Organization: Oxford Internet Institute Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre
Have you contacted the speaker? Y
Has the speaker been confirmed? Y (confirmed)

Name: Oscar Robles Garay
Stakeholder group: ccTLD, technical community
Organization: NIC Mexico
Have you contacted the speaker? Y
Has the speaker been confirmed? N

Name: Mouhamet Diop
Stakeholder group: Private sector
Organization: NEXT,, Senegal
Have you contacted the speaker? Y
Has the speaker been confirmed? N

Name: Mohammed El Bashir
Stakeholder group: Government
Organization: Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Qatar
Have you contacted the speaker? Y
Has the speaker been confirmed? N

Name: Peter Van Roste
Stakeholder group: Technical community, ccTLD
Organization: CENTR
Have you contacted the speaker? Y
Has the speaker been confirmed? N

Name of Moderator(s)

Maria Farrell

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Mark McFadden

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

Post a suggested list of questions for discussion in advance of the session.

Encourage people to use Twitter to post their thoughts (in coordination with remote participation strategy). Use the overhead screen to display a Twitter so that members of the room can respond to those comments in realtime.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

The panellist’s presentation will be made available prior to the IGF so that people participating remotely will be able to follow during the session. Social media will be used as an easy way for remote participants to ask questions and make comments. Key topics and remarks during the session will be tweeted for a realtime record of the session for those who are not able to participate directly. Where possible, public facilities will be made available for people to share other materials related to the presentations and post notes and links to other resources.

Background paper

No background paper provided