The stable, safe and secure operation of the DNS has proven to be the foundation for the global expansion of the Internet as a universal public resource. However, like any other innovation and every technology, the Internet and the DNS are vulnerable to abuse, such as malware, botnets, phishing, pharming or spam. The topDNS initiative and its members are committed to fighting DNS abuse.


To achieve this goal, the topDNS initiative rests on two main pillars:

Education & Awareness

  • Promoting existing efforts to fight abuse online
  • Educating policy & decision makers
  • Involving hosting providers and their abuse teams
  • Amplifying the messages of the industry

Collaboration & Operationalisation

  • Collaboration with eco, a trusted Internet platform
  • Sharing best-practice guidance on abuse management
  • Standardising reports, use cases, data & definitions
  • Developing a Trusted Notifier Framework


Among the many eco members who are fighting abuse on the Internet every day, we would like to thank our sponsors of the topDNS Initiative.

Please email topdns@eco.de if you are interested in joining!

iQ Global
Realtime Register

Steering Committee

The topDNS Initiative is lead and guided by a group of leading industry experts:

Jeffrey Bedser
Jeffrey Bedser


Volker Greimann

Head Of Legal, Registrar Division
CentralNic Group of Registrars

Brian Cimbolic
Brian Cimbolic

Vice President, General Counsel
Public Interest Registry

Keith Drazek
Keith Drazek

VP of Policy & Government Relations

Theo Geurts
Theo Geurts

CIPP/E Privacy & GRC Officer
Realtime Register

Kelly Hardy
Kelly Hardy

SVP Strategy and Development
IQ Global

Marco Hoffmann

Head of Domain Services

Robert Schischka


News & Articles

  • “ICANN Community at the Helm”

    “ICANN Community at the Helm”

    ICANN78 is bringing the domain industry to Hamburg in autumn. In a short interview, Thomas Rickert, Attorney-at-Law, talks about what this involves. Thomas is Director Names & Numbers at eco – Association of the Internet Industry. What makes the ICANN78 meeting in Hamburg so special? ICANN meetings are held regularly all over the world. However,…

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  • “Know-How Protects Organisations from DNS Abuse”

    “Know-How Protects Organisations from DNS Abuse”

    Anyone who activates DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) in a DNS zone actively protects it against attempts to misuse the Domain Name System (DNS). Patrick Koetter, Leader of the Email and Anti-Abuse Competence Groups at eco Association explains how to achieve this in an interview and in a two-day German-language…

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  • What is DNS Abuse – And What is Not?

    What is DNS Abuse – And What is Not?

    The eco initiative topDNS has published an Abuse Table to provide guidance on which cyber threats are considered to be abuse of the Domain Name System – and which are not.

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ICANN78 Day Zero Workshop: NIS2 Directive – Impact on the DNS Industry

eco – Association of the Internet Industry invites you on Friday, 20 October for a Day Zero Workshop at ICANN78 in Hamburg to discuss the legislation that can make or break the domain name industry in the European Union followed by an informal reception. Please note, space is limited and registration is... ...
Oct 20, 2023
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
CCH - Congress Center Hamburg
Congressplatz 1, 20355 Hamburg

ICANN78 Accompanying Programme

Registration for this year’s ICANN78 General Annual Meeting from 21 – 25 October in Hamburg is now open. Together with DENIC eG and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, eco –Association of the Internet Industry is hosting the 25th meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). As... ...
Oct 21 - 26, 2023
All Day
CCH - Congress Center Hamburg
Congressplatz 1, 20355 Hamburg
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