ICANN Initiative Promotes Internet Security Best Practices


The community of technical experts will work together to ensure a safer and more secure domain name system

LOS ANGELES, September 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is launching the KINDNS (Knowledge-sharing and Instantiating Norms for DNS and Naming Security) initiative to make the Internet safer and more resilient for all users. By collaborating with a global community of technical experts, ICANN is developing a clear framework of operational best practices for domain name system (DNS) security.

KINDNS is just one of many ongoing ICANN efforts to promote broad participation of public and private stakeholders to make the Internet safer, more secure, and more interoperable.

“As the Internet has grown and plays an increasingly important role in our daily lives, DNS security has never been more critical,” said John Crain, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of ICANN. “While there are various best practices for DNS operations, they are applied inconsistently and have sometimes led to significant security vulnerabilities that affect the entire Internet.”

To mitigate this, ICANN worked with the technical community to create KINDNS as a mechanism for sharing best practices to better secure DNS operations. The result is a simple and effective framework that large and small DNS operators can voluntarily and easily follow. For example, a best practice shared through KINDNS aims to ensure that domain name servers are geographically and topologically diverse (KINDNS Practice-5 Authoritative and Recursive Server Operators). Another example is encouraging operators to enable Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), both through authoritative server signatures and the resolver validating those signatures. DNSSEC is a technology developed to ensure that Internet users reach their desired online destination by helping to prevent certain types of attacks (KINDNS Practice-1 of Authoritative and Recursive Server Operators).

Internet service providers, corporate IT managers, DNS service operators and software developers are encouraged to adopt the best practices promoted by KINDNS on its website and to help promote the program. To find out more, visit the website dedicated to KINDNS here.


ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you must enter an address (name or number) on your computer or other device. This address must be unique so that computers know where to be. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers around the world. ICANN was established in 1998 as a not-for-profit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from around the world.



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