Media Industry Cyber Security Findings

Securing a company’s digital infrastructure has become a major concern to corporations worldwide. Recent CSC research focuses on the media industry, revealing that 78% of global media brands use a corporate domain registrar, yet only 37% of those have a registrar lock to protect their DNS from hijacking. Read the full article here.

Madrid Hopes To Be Summer Destinations

A new geographic TLD plans to launch this summer, .madrid. It begins its Sunrise phase on July 16, 2019, and runs through October 3rd, 2019. This phase will not be first come, first served. Several Limited Registration phases aimed towards local entities and local trademark holders will run concurrently prior to General Availability opening on October 19, 2019.

CSC will continue to provide updates on the rules and requirements for the launch as information becomes available. If you have any questions or interest in the TLD, please contact your Client Service Partner.

Australia Prepares For Top-Level Launch

The .au Domain Administration (auDA) announced plans to begin allowing second-level registrations in the .au domain space. The launch is expected in the fourth quarter of 2019. Holders of existing third-level .au domains (such as,,, & receive priority status for the corresponding second-level domain, and are assigned a category for a Grandfather Phase. Third-level domains registered on or before February 4, 2018, are assigned Priority Category 1. If registered after February 4, 2018, the domains fall into Priority Category 2. Category1 is the first priority. If multiple parties hold Category 1 for the same domain name string, and wish to register the exact match in the second level .AU, they may negotiate an agreement as to which will be the Designated person to register the .AU domain. The registry has not confirmed exact dates at this time. CSC will communicate additional launch details and requirements as information becomes available. Please contact your Client Service Partner, if interested.

Recorded Webinar: How the GDPR is Changing the Internet, Cyber Security, Brand Protection and the Responsibilities of Legal Departments Globally

On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became enforceable. While the primary purpose of the GDPR is to protect personal data of EU residents, its real impact has been far broader in geography and scope.

Join CSC®’s director of policy and industry affairs, Gretchen Olive, in this recorded webinar to explore how the GDPR has changed much more than the rules around data privacy.

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More Time to Secure Your UK Domain

After 3 years of rights’ protections for existing 3rd level .uk domain (,, etc.) registrants, Nominet is preparing to release all unclaimed top-level .uk domains to the general public. The rights period was extended until June 25, 2019, to allow existing registrants more time to secure the corresponding .uk domain. Remaining domains will be available for registration to eligible registrars starting July 1, 2019, according to an alphabetical release schedule. CSC will take part is the early access. Each grouping of released domains will be available for 7 days before opening up to all registrars and the general public, starting July 8, 2019. If you have not yet secured your top-level .uk domain, or are interested in domains that had previously had rights’ protections, please contact your Client Service Partner.

Date Domains to Release
Monday, July 1, 2019 Beginning 0 – 9, A – B
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 Beginning C – F
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 Beginning G – M
Thursday, July 4, 2019 Beginning N – S
Friday, July 5, 2019 Beginning T – Z

Still Launching

The following TLDs have launch phases (Pre-General Availability) that are currently still in progress. If you are interested in participating in any of these launches, please contact your Client Service Partner.






Launches within 30 days (bold indicates where dates fall within time frame)

Extension Start Date Order Entry Deadline First-come First-served (FCFS) Registry
Sunrise Phase (SR)
.madrid 16-Jul-2019 2-Oct-2019 No Comunidad de Madrid
Limited Registration Phase (LTD)
.UK 10-Jun-2014 21-Jun-2019 Yes Nominet
.TH 7-May-2019 27-Jun-2019 No Thai Network Information Center Foundation
.madrid 16-Jul-2019 1-Oct-2019 No Comunidad de Madrid
.madrid 16-Jul-2019 1-Oct-2019 No Comunidad de Madrid
Early Access Phase (EAP)
.UK 1-Jul-2019 4-Jul-2019 Yes Nominet
General Availability (GA)
.UK 8-Jul-2019 N/A Yes Nominet

The information provided is intended for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice.

Weekly Launch Guide June 24, 2019