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Security Standard Proposed By .AU Domain Administration Panel

June 11, 2012

In what will be a world first if implemented, the overseeing body of Australia's domain name space has proposed the introduction of a mandatory security standard for all existing and potential .au domain registrars.

The .au Domain Administration (auDA) 2012 Industry Advisory Panel is contemplating implementing an Information Security Standard (ISS) to assist Australian domain name registrars manage and enhance the security of their businesses, along with protecting the .au domain space's integrity.

The proposal is one of a number detailed in a public Issues Paper, which represents the first of two rounds of public consultation by the Panel.

Among other proposals and issues being considered by the Panel and included in the Issues Paper is a way to select and appoint a registry operator before the expiry of the current operator's contract. The accreditation of registrars dealing with Australian domain name registration - particularly those operating from overseas - is also being reviewed, as is the .au Domain Name Suppliers' Code of Practice.

The Panel's independent Chair, Craig Ng, says any recommendations must "reinforce and promote .au's positive reputation" as well as ensuring service provision, a level playing field for all participants in the industry and to deliver the best value and protection for consumers.

The Panel is encouraging community feedback on the future of the Australian domain name industry and is inviting submissions relating to the topics discussed in the Paper up until Friday 20 July 2012.  The Issues Paper, along with guidelines for feedback submissions, is available here.

The auDA 2012 Industry Advisory Panel is comprised of a number of industry stakeholders, members of related organisations and government agencies. Among those on the panel is a representative of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), who is acting as an observer.

The purpose of the Panel is to review the structure and regulation of the Australian domain name industry and make recommendations to the auDA Board where applicable in regard to suggested changes to the competition model.

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