APTLD78 Virtual Meeting

1-4 September 2020


*The time in the Agenda is Taipei time (UTC+8)

Day 0. Sep 1 Session Venue
Taipei time

Welcome, Trainees

Taipei time

Training Session Day 1

Introduction to the DNS Abuse Management

At the training, Members will learn about the different DNS abuse threats and why it is important for Registries to manage abuse, gain insight into how DNS abuse is managed by other Registries, learn how to keep their registries safe from Malware to Botnets, and understand the implications of safeguarding your channel and registrants by taking a proactive approach to abuse management.

The training is delivered by the IQ team- a market leader in the market intelligence, DevOps, and abuse management:

Ben Reuss: Ben has a over a decade of business development experience in the domain name industry and associated channels. He has developed the global sales channels for the world’s largest wholesale domain registrar Tucows. He has also grown and managed sales team’s for Online presence solutions for the Hosting industry with Domain led onboarding with BaseKit. He has also represented businesses providing big data systems for the Domain industry. He also had a stint providing business automation with CloudBlue. Ben works in business Development for IQ.

Steiner Grøtterød: Steinar is the Director of Registry Operations and Compliance for IQ. Steinar has a wealth of experience in the Domain Industry and is well respected for his compliance expertise by his peers in the Icann community. Before working with IQ Steinar has worked in a compliance capacity for both the .global gTLD as well as both TLD Registry and CORENIC. He has also has extensive experience from the registrar perspective having managed the Domain business unit for Active24 the largest Scandinavian Registrar with over 600,000 Domains being managed and registrations from all around the globe.

Day 0. Sep 2
Session Venue
Taipei time

Welcome, Trainees


Training Session Day 2: Technical/Security

Threat Hunting Using DNS

Every transaction on the Internet – good or bad – uses the Domain Name System (DNS). In this fast-paced, hands-on workshop, Farsight Security CEO Dr. Paul Vixie will teach the fundamental investigative techniques and methodology on how to use DNS to combat cyberattacks, from phishing to e-crime to nation-state attacks. This is a rare opportunity to take a “masterclass” from a top expert in the field and learn the proven techniques used by threat hunting teams, from banks to government agencies.

Part I: DNS Concepts (1.5 hours)

  • DNS Terminology and Concepts
  • Bootcamp UNIX
  • Passive DNS Overview

Part II: Hands-on DNSDB Exercises (1.5 Hours)

  • Introduction to DNSDB Interfaces/Clients:, dnsdbq, FSWB
  • Hands-on DNSDB Exercises
  • Summary

Equipment Requirements

To participate in the class, attendees should compile and install the dnsdbq Command Line DNSDB tool from GitHub. Every participant will need a laptop, on Wifi, running Windows, Mac/OS, BSD, or Linux. If they are using Windows, they must install the Microsoft Linux environment and the Ubuntu Linux that runs on it. They can find that install information in this Farsight blogpost, “Using Farsight’s dnsdbq Command Line DNSDB Tool in a Microsoft Windows Environment: The “Windows Subsystem for Linux” Option.”.

Day 1. Sep 3
Session Venue
Taipei time

Virtual Welcome Morning Coffee


Chair’s Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Ai-Chin Lu ‖ APTLD Board Chair

Session 1

Partner Organizations’ Updates

A part of a vibrant regional ecosystem, APTLD has consistently developed working relations with numerous peers, and we expect them to share their major developments and plans for 2021.

Moderator: Ai-Chin Lu ‖ TWNIC

  • Jia-Rong Low ‖ ICANN
  • Katrina Sataki ‖ ccNSO
  • Satish Babu ‖ APRALO/APSIG
  • Rajnesh Singh ‖ ISOC Asia-Pacific
  • Edmon Chung ‖ dotAsia
  • Paul Wilson ‖ APNIC

Session 2

Members’ Updates

In the session, we traditionally have Members and APTLD Fellows’ updates on recent developments in their organizations.

Moderator: Min Jung Park ‖ KISA

  • Azizbek Kadirov ‖ Uzinfocom
  • Ian Chiang ‖ TWNIC
  • Lars-Johan Liman ‖ Netnod: Tech overview of running a root name server
  • Derrick Yuen ‖ HKIRC: the HK Web accessibility survey
  • Yuri Takamatsu ‖ JPRS
  • Phoumen Bun ‖ TRC of Cambodia
11:30-11:45 Break

Session 3

Technical: Passive DNS

While this technology’s initial intentions were mainly focused on preventing malware and avoiding trademark issues, phishing and email policy violations, 15 years after its creation there are a lot of new ways to exploit the full potential of passive DNS. Techies, this is your call now.

Moderator: Ann Ibrahim ‖ InternetNZ

  • Paul Vixie ‖ Farsight Security
  • Jeffrey Bedser ‖ iThreat
  • Wei Wang ‖ FUXI Institution
  • Pavel Khramtsov ‖ MSK-IX
12:30-13:15 Break

Session 4

Administrative: How to Govern a ccTLD in Challenging Times?

Whether big or small, ccTLD registries run cost/benefit assessments and keep wondering how to build efficient operation. The session focuses on a critical matter of everyone’s concern –remember Cicero’s “Frugality includes all the other virtues”? Or was it Jeff Bezos’s?

Moderator: Leonid Todorov ‖ APTLD

  • Lars Goran Forsberg ‖ IQ Global
  • Yeo Yee Ling ‖ MYNIC
  • Rosemary Sinclair ‖ auDA
  • Predrag Lesic ‖ .ME Registry
  • Hiro Hotta ‖ JPRS
Day 2. Sep 4
Session Venue
Taipei time

Session 5

Administrative: In and Out: Pros and Cons of an In-House Registry vs. Outsourced Registry

Moderator: Yudho Giri Sucahyo ‖ PANDI
  • Shidiq Purnama ‖ PANDI
  • Grigori Saghyan ‖ ISOC Armenia
  • Roland LaPlante ‖ Afillias
  • Bruce Tonkin ‖ auDA

Session 6

Marketing: How to Understand and Inspire Your Customer

Inspiring a customer to act is your main priority, for it’s what marketers are designed to do. Ours is an industry where there’s a clear line between success and failure, so Members are invited to share perspectives to build on the former and avoid the latter.

Moderator: Clayton Ford ‖ auDA
  • Joe Alagna ‖ Afilias
  • Ruwan Wigamage ‖ .LK Domains registry
  • Mai Thu Thuy ‖ VNNIC
  • Jason Wang ‖ NetChinese
  • David Morrison ‖ InternetNZ
  • Ernesto Grimaldo ‖ NIC Mexico
11:15-11:20 Break

Session 7

Marketing: ccTLD Registry as a Brand

You have probably noticed that your ccTLD’s SEO value is on the rise….how come you haven’t? Either way, some domain industry pundits and gurus will assure you of a potentially high value of your brand and then probably charge you a fortune to explain what you are intuitively aware of. The session will allow Members to share their brand-building and promotion strategies.

Moderator: Shubham Saran ‖ NIXI
  • Will Bond ‖ auDA
  • Md Fariz Ahmad Sanusi ‖ MYNIC
  • Elena Belskaya ‖ hoster.by
  • David Morrison ‖ InternetNZ
  • Maria Kolesnikova ‖ ccTLD.RU
  • Natasa Djukanovic ‖ .ME Registry
12:15-13:00 Break

Session 8

Technical: Deconstructing DNSSEC for Good

In Woody Allen’s classical ‘Deconstructing Harry’ the main character goes, “The scary thing is that records are made to be broken”. At APTLD, we have a good sense of humor but are not ready to humor of insecurity, so time and again we revisit DNSSEC and its deployment to keep ourselves abreast of what else can be done to improve Members’ performance in this regard.

Moderator: Alireza Saleh ‖ IRNIC
  • Dusan Stoichevich ‖ Gransy
  • Nai-Wen Hsu ‖ TWNIC
  • Alain Durand ‖ ICANN
  • Tran Canh Toan ‖ VNNIC
  • Iliya Bazlyankov ‖ EDOMS
  • Ed Lewis ‖ ICANN

Concluding Session


  • Unveiling APTLD79: Slim Al-Mawali ‖ TRA Oman
  • Chair’s concluding remarks
  • Housekeeping announcements

Board Online Retreat

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