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ICANN and OAS to Work Together to Increase Regional Cyber-Security

01-Nov-2015 | Source : ICANN | Visits : 6645
LOS ANGELES, CA. - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), a public international organization, through the Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism of the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security (CICTE), have agreed to work cooperatively on bolstering regional cyber-security, a press release by the Corporation stated.

Both organizations expressed mutual recognition for the significant work each of them does within their remit, including the implementation of the OAS “Adoption of Comprehensive Inter-American Strategy to Combat Threats to Cyber-Security: A multi-dimensional approach to creating a culture of cyber security,” and the significant work done by ICANN in enhancing the operational stability, reliability, resiliency, security and global interoperability of the Domain Name System (DNS). Further, the two organizations underscored the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to join efforts in several areas of common interest related to cyber security issues.

Fadi Chehadé, ICANN President and CEO, highlighted the significance of this MoU signed with OAS, which seeks to increase cooperation and collaboration between both organizations in cyber security issues.

“A secure and stable coordination of the Internet's Identifier Systems is a priority for ICANN and we certainly understand the need to continue to strengthen cooperation among all cyber security stakeholders,” Said Chehadé. “I see this MoU as a step in the right direction."

When referring to the MoU, both parties expressed their belief that cooperation and collaboration between them would further common objectives related to cyber-security issues, promote regional collaboration, strengthen active participation in ICANN’s policy-making processes and strengthen the support for the multistakeholder model of the Internet.

ICANN’s mission is to ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn't have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers. ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet’s naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. For more information please visit:

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