ICANN Appoints IID's Rod Rasmussen To Security And Stability Advisory Committee

Rasmussen to help global coordinator for domain names in its mission to help keep ahead of threats to the Internet's infrastructure

March 14, 2012

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TACOMA, Wash.– March 13, 2012 – IID (Internet Identity®), a provider of technology and services that help organizations secure their Internet presence, today announced that ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has appointed IID President and CTO Rod Rasmussen to its Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC). ICANN is an internationally organized, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions. Created in 2002 by ICANN, the SSAC advises the ICANN community and Board on matters relating to the security and integrity of the Internet's naming and address allocation systems. SSAC members span the public and private sector, and include some of the foremost Internet security experts and numerous people credited with creating the foundation for today’s Internet.

"Rod has been bringing various issues to SSAC’s attention for several years in his role representing the Anti-Phishing Working Group, including but not limited to the evolving methods cybercriminals are using to disrupt the Internet’s security,” said Patrik Fältström, SSAC chairman. “It will be valuable to have Rod’s expertise on board the SSAC given changes in attacks affecting various elements of the Internet's Domain Name System.”

An area that Rasmussen’s work and recent SSAC reports have both covered in-depth is domain name hijacking. Recent hijackings against UFC.com and Coach.com, and similar past attacks against CheckFree, Comcast and Twitter have heightened awareness about the security dangers with the Internet’s infrastructure. By hijacking domain names, attackers can drive unsuspecting surfers and corporate users to malicious websites, making large parts of the Internet largely useless or insecure.

“Various elements of the DNS have been under attack or used for attacks for years now, with these incidents growing more sophisticated and impactful over time,” said Rod Rasmussen. “I am honored and excited to help contribute directly to the diverse SSAC team that is responsible for helping to ensure the security and stability of the DNS ecosystem.”

About IID

IID (Internet Identity) is trusted by five of the top six banks in the U.S., the largest government agencies worldwide, and many of today’s leading financial services firms, e-commerce, social networking and ISP companies to proactively secure themselves and their extended enterprise against the latest cyber attacks. It recently introduced a number of unique Internet infrastructure security solutions, protecting against always evolving security threats with ActiveTrust® BGP, ActiveTrust DNS, and ActiveTrust Resolver with TrapTrace. IID has provided anti-phishing, malicious software (malware) and brand security solutions since the company’s founding in 1996. With its extensive data, 24-7 security analysts and deep relationships with law enforcement, service providers and security experts around the world, IID is unrivaled in keeping the Internet safe and trusted for businesses. IID is headquartered in Tacoma, Washington. More information can be found at www.internetidentity.com.

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