By Adiel A. Akplogan, VP for Technical Engagement, ICANN

Welcome to the Knowledge-Sharing and Instantiating Norms for Domain Name System (DNS) and Naming Security (KINDNS) initiative, which is  a framework of best practices to help DNS operators improve the security and effectiveness of their services. We started this initiative a few months ago with the support of the community. Our goal was to build something simple but complete that enhances the security of the DNS globally.

The biggest challenge we faced during the journey toward this framework was to distill the complexities of the DNS into simple and straightforward recommendations. These recommendations can be implemented by all operators: large, medium and small.

KINDNS does not make you an expert in DNS operations. Rather, KINDNS is a framework that can be used by everyone as reference when trying to implement DNS services the right way, ensuring they are both effective and secure. The KINDNS Initiative is voluntary. It relies on a self-assessment tool we are launching in this version of the framework. The tool walks you through a series of questions and helps you understand where you are positioned in the scale of the practices that the framework promotes.

The KINDNS website provides references to other tools and guidelines that can help you improve or validate your operational practices – no matter what type of operator you are.

This is the beginning of the journey, and we would like everybody’s contribution to improve the framework and to promote it among operators. If you are interested in contributing, you can participate in various ways. Become a member, self-assess your practices, join our mailing list, and engage directly with the team.