DOMAIN REGISTRARS: TWO MAJOR CATEGORIES

When it comes to the complexities of the domain registrar ecosystem, vendor selection matters. There are two major categories of domain registrars.

CONSUMER-GRADE REGISTRARS

A consumer-grade registrar is geared for domain services, websites, and email for personal use, entrepreneurs, and small businesses that are just getting started.

ENTERPRISE-CLASS REGISTRARS

An enterprise-class registrar specializes in working with corporations and brand owners that require advanced business practices, capabilities, expertise, and support staff in relation to domain and DNS management as well as security, brand and fraud protection, data governance and cyber security.

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An enterprise-class registrar specializes in working with corporations and brand owners that require advanced business practices, capabilities, expertise, and support staff in relation to domain and DNS management as well as security, brand and fraud protection, data governance and cyber security. A consumer-grade registrar is geared for domain services, websites, and email for personal use, entrepreneurs, and small businesses that are just getting started. CONSUMER-GRADE REGISTRARS ENTERPRISE-CLASS REGISTRARS

YOUR CYBERSECURITY IS ONLY AS STRONG AS YOUR WEAKEST VENDOR

HOW TO EVALUATE Proactive security measures to prevent domain and DNS hijacking Defense-in-depth domain security measures including two-factor authentication (2FA), domain-based message authentication, reporting, and conformance (DMARC), DNS extsecurity ensions (DNSSEC), and domain registry locks Know Your Customer (KYC) identity verification and OFAC screening ISO 27001 accredited data centers SOC 2® compliance Third-party penetration and vulnerability testing Regular security tests, including SQL injection and XSS Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and registry accreditation Reactive anti-abuse programs that mitigate after the attack Operate domain marketplaces that drop-catch, auction, and sell branded or trademarked domain names to the highest bidder Undertake domain name spinning and advocate the registration of trademarked domains that proliferate typo-squatting Monetize trademarked domains with pay-per-click sites or domain parking Offer low-cost domains and bulk registration service with little or no validation of domain registrants

HOW TO EVALUATE

Reactive anti-abuse programs that mitigate after the attack

Operate domain marketplaces that drop-catch, auction, and sell branded or trademarked domain names to the highest bidder

Undertake domain name spinning and advocate the registration of trademarked domains that proliferate typo-squatting

Monetize trademarked domains with pay-per-click sites or domain parking

Offer low-cost domains and bulk registration service with little or no validation of domain registrants

Proactive security measures to prevent domain and DNS hijacking

Defense-in-depth domain security measures including two-factor authentication (2FA), domain-based message authentication, reporting, and conformance (DMARC), DNS extsecurity ensions (DNSSEC), and domain registry locks

Know Your Customer (KYC) identity verification and OFAC screening

ISO 27001 accredited data centers

SOC 2® compliance

Third-party penetration and vulnerability testing

Regular security tests, including SQL injection and XSS

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and registry accreditation

DOMAIN SECURITY IN ENTERPRISE RISK

Understand why it's important for companies to use enterprise-class registrars.

WHY USE AN ENTERPRISE-CLASS PROVIDER?

PROCESSES TECHNOLOGY PEOPLE ICANN and registry accredited Full accounting of all your domains, domain name system (DNS), and digital certificate providers Written request mandate (never via phone) Data and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliant Registry transfer-lock policy ISO 27001 accredited data centers SOC 2® compliance Third-party penetration and vulnerability testing Regular security tests, including SQL injection and XSS Know Your Customer (KYC) identity verification and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) screening Global 24x7x365 in-house support in local languages Regular cybersecurity staff training

PEOPLE

Know Your Customer (KYC) identity verification and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) screening

Global 24x7x365 in-house support in local languages

Regular cybersecurity staff training

PROCESSES

ICANN and registry accredited

Full accounting of all your domains, domain name system (DNS), and digital certificate providers

Written request mandate (never via phone)

Data and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliant

Registry transfer-lock policy

TECHNOLOGY

ISO 27001 accredited data centers

SOC 2® compliance

Third-party penetration and vulnerability testing

Regular security tests, including SQL injection and XSS

While anyone can say they offer services that meet the needs of today's global corporations, the onus is on companies to do the homework to understand the differences between third-party providers. Companies need to understand how their choice of provider fits into decisions made about their organization's overall security posture, along with concerns about compliance and risk.

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