Microsoft Announces Free Security Assessment Service For Country-Code Top-Level Domain Registries

Pete BodenPete Boden, General Manager
Online Services Security & Compliances

Attacks on Country-Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) have far-reaching effects on private individuals, large and small companies, non-profits, and government organizations. Today, I wrote on the Microsoft Security blog about a new Microsoft Country-Code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) Registry Security Assessment Servicethat we are now offering to address this challenge. The free service will help registry operators find and fix security vulnerabilities before they are exploited and I invite you to read more about it here.

The service was officially announced today at the RSA Conference information security event in San Francisco during Scott Charney's keynote, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Trustworthy Computing. 

A ccTLD is an internet domain registry generally used or reserved for a country, a sovereign state, or a dependent territory, such as (for United Kingdom) or .fr (for France). Microsoft's free service will be made available to any top level domain registries, including country-code top-level domain (ccTLD), generic top-level domain (gTLD) and sponsored top-level domain (sTLD).  Today, over 300 country-code top-level domain name registries are responsible for servicing hundreds of millions of domain names worldwide.

I also invite you to explore our Customer Discussion page on Security and Compliance on the Global Foundation Services web site that provides additional information on our best practices through interactive video discussions with our Online Services Security and Compliance team subject matter experts, as well as white papers and strategy briefs.

Through programs and initiatives like these, we hope to help create a safer, more trusted online experience for everyone and support a dynamic environment for increasing the dialogue and sharing of best practices within our industry.



Pete Boden, General Manager, Online Services Security & Compliance