I am pleased to announce the release of the sixth edition of AusRegistry’s industry report, Behind the Dot: State of the .au Domain.

Trust is an integral aspect of the .au namespace. Our .au survey has consistently shown that Australian Internet users are more likely to trust a website that ends in .au and that they associate .au domain names with Australian entities.

Maintaining this trust is of vital importance to us at AusRegistry; not only to ensure the continued growth of the .au namespace but also to fulfil our commitment to Australia’s Internet community and establish .au as a global leader.

It is for this reason we’ve dedicated this edition of Behind the Dot to the important theme of security.

A significant tool for protecting our country’s online ecosystem has been the implementation of DNS Security Extensions, otherwise known as DNSSEC. In this edition, we’ve examined DNSSEC in detail to outline how it works and who should consider implementing it.

Online security is not however, an issue solely for Registries. Major brands and individuals alike can and should take essential steps to ensure their data, assets and reputations are protected from online attacks. This edition of Behind the Dot contains a close look at some of the major global brands that have been threatened by hijackers; as well as some of the risks to individual domain name registrants and some tactics for addressing them.

We’ve also called upon some of Australia’s leading security experts for their tips and insights on staying safe online. CERT Australia Technical Director, Dr Jason Smith gives us his views on cyber security issues affecting critical infrastructure, while Bruce Matthews, Cyber Security Manager at the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) provides an overview of the Australian Internet Security Initiative. Finally, Robert Schischka of nic.at, the Registry for the Austrian country code Top-Level Domain, offers an international perspective on DNSSEC.

In addition, we’re delighted to have the contribution of a number of our .au Registrars in this edition, to give their predictions for the year ahead in .au and the domain name industry abroad. We look forward to continuing this inclusion of Registrars in future editions and encourage your input.

It is my pleasure to present the sixth edition of Behind the Dot: State of the .au Domain. If you would like to arrange for printed copies, please reach out to your AusRegistry representative. As always, we welcome your feedback and input on the magazine and thank you for reading.