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ICANN65 | Day 3 – At-Large Capacity Building Session: Current issues in Cybersecurity

Building on the successful sequence of ATLAS III preparatory webinars, this face-to-face meeting aimed at providing a better knowledge of the present problems of cybersecurity facing the worldwide multi-stakeholder community. The session concentrated on present worldwide cybersecurity threats, including, for example, hacker group #SeaTurtle spying via #DNShijacking, hitting 40 organisations, compromising various top-level country code domains, jeopardizing all domain traffic. The speakers also addressed steps already introduced by ICANN to tackle these threats and debated how best to promote their execution by the multi-stakeholder group. This session complemented the continuing community debate on balancing privacy and safety and reflects the Board’s focus on cybersecurity set for ICANN in the 2019/20 annual plan.

What is Cybersecurity? Cybersecurity is the protection of Internet-connected systems, including hardware, software and data, from cyber attacks. In a computing context, security comprises cybersecurity and physical security — both are used by enterprises to protect against unauthorized access to data centres and other computerized systems. Information security, which is designed to maintain the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data, is a subset of cybersecurity.

Ensuring cybersecurity requires the coordination of efforts throughout an information system, which includes:

  • Application security
  • Information security
  • Network security
  • Disaster recovery/business continuity planning
  • Operational security
  • End-user education
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