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Resilient systems and networks position your organization to thrive under any circumstances—to respond dynamically to new technologies, new business opportunities, and new threats in an ever-changing world.

Interisle's world-renowned Internet and public safety networking experts know that what matters most about technology is how it helps you achieve your objectives.

We look beyond the impersonal canned solutions promoted by traditional large consulting firms, working closely with our clients to find the enduring architectural foundation that unites technology and business strategy to create sustainable value. Everything we do is focused cleanly and efficiently on your specific situation—all of our consultants are seasoned professionals with international reputations, and we don't waste your time (or money) on anything that doesn't directly benefit your business.


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Conservative abuse reporting throws new TLD program under the bus (19 February 2019)
ICANN has released a January 2019 domain abuse report generated from the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting system (DAAR). DAAR is a system for studying and reporting on domain name registration and security threat (domain abuse) behavior across top-level domain (TLD) registries and registrars. It provides a distribution of domains identified as security threats and a breakdown of security threats by class for all new and legacy registries for which the DAAR project can collect TLD zone data. But the report provides only aggregated summary statistics for TLDs, in pie-chart format; these “findings” are misleading and do not represent actionable intelligence. The report also omits registrar information. By failing to be open and transparent about the high levels of abuse in specific new TLDs and registrar portfolios, ICANN actively frustrates efforts to promote Universal Acceptance of domain names and email addresses and calls future new TLD delegations into question.

Read Dave Piscitello's Security Skeptic blog post: Conservative abuse reporting throws new TLD program under the bus.

APWG and M3AAWG Survey Finds ICANN WHOIS Changes Impede Cyber Investigations (20 October 2018)
Dave Piscitello's The Security Skeptic blog has a column focusing on how ICANN's "Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data" has affected access and usage of domain name registration by cyber investigators and anti-abuse service providers.

Read Dave's column and follow Dave's Security Skeptic blog.

Regulating Internet Service As a Utility: The Devil, As Always, Is in the Details (4 February 2015)
On the heels of President Obama's call last November for the FCC to take a stronger regulatory position with respect to "net neutrality," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to share a proposal with the other Commissioners tomorrow that will set up a vote 3 weeks later on new rules for Title II regulation of "Internet service." What this means, however, is not clear from the way in which terms like "net neutrality" and "Internet service" are used by reports in the popular press, such as this recent article in the New York Times:

In Net Neutrality Push, F.C.C. Is Expected to Propose Regulating Internet Service as a Utility (NYT 2/2/15)
"It is expected that the proposal will reclassify high-speed Internet service as a telecommunications service, instead of an information service, under Title II of the Communications Act..."

The details are even more important than usual in this context, as Interisle's comments to the FCC ("Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet") describe — in detail. Our conclusion is that "[s]ervice providers should be required to make the telecommunications layer of their networks available to any requesting party on a common carrier basis, subject to Title II regulation, especially Sections 201, 202, 208, and 254." Read the full paper for a clear explanation of the issues.

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority in Transition (15 December 2014)
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has been responsible for making and publishing the assignments of Internet names and numbers, including DNS domain names and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, for more than 40 years. The IANA functions are currently performed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) under a set of agreements that includes a contract with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

On 14 March 2014, NTIA announced that it intended to end its oversight of the IANA functions, and asked ICANN to launch a multistakeholder effort to propose a non-governmental alternative. As part of that effort, ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) has prepared and published a set of three Advisories: SAC067, "Overview and History of the IANA Functions"; SAC068, "Report on the IANA Functions Contract"; and SAC069, "Maintaining the Security and Stability of the IANA Functions Through the Stewardship Transition." Interisle partner and SSAC member Lyman Chapin co-authored all three Advisories.


Interisle News

16 April 2019
Pioneers in Skirts

Dave Piscitello recently had the opportunity to preview Pioneers in Skirts, a character-driven documentary addressing gender bias. By revealing how women have overcome bias to succeed when circumstances conspire against them, the movie seeks to encourage cultures worldwide to adopt gender parity.
We at Interisle believe that Pioneers in Skirts is an important film for every work environment, a film that speaks to the issues present in the producers work world and beyond. Please read Dave's call to support Pioneers in Skirts.

19 February 2019
Dave Piscitello receives the M3AAWG 2019 Mary Litynski Award

The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) announced today that Interisle partner Dave Piscitello is the recipient of the 2019 Mary Litynski Award, which recognizes "the lifetime achievements of an individual who has significantly contributed to making the Internet safer, working far from the public eye over a significant period of time for the greater good." The Award was presented at the 45th M3AAWG meeting in San Francisco.

February 2019
APWG Publishes 2019 Mission Statement

The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) has published its Mission Statement: "2019: A Critical Year for Privacy Rights, Data Protection and Public Safety", written by Interisle partner Dave Piscitello on behalf of the APWG Board of Directors.

February 2019
CAUCE welcomes Dave Piscitello to Board of Directors

The Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email (CAUCE) announced the addition of Dave Piscitello to the Board of Directors. Dave's field and policy experience with exposing and mitigating the exploitation of domain names and the domain name system (DNS) by spammers, cyber-attackers, and cyber-criminals complements the law enforcement, threat research, and email abuse skill sets already present on the board. He will work with CAUCE to raise cross-community awareness of abuses and misuses of domain names and the DNS by studying and calling attention to policy vacuums and weaknesses, by promoting abuse reporting systems that can help governance bodies and lawmakers make informed decisions, and by delivering DNS investigations training programs for law enforcement.

July 2018
Dave Piscitello to join Interisle

David Piscitello, a widely respected security and cybercrime expert with an international reputation fighting criminal abuse of the Internet and its Domain Name System (DNS), will join Interisle Consulting Group upon his retirement from the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He brings 40 years of experience with network security practices; cybercrime policy, mitigation, and response; and DNS abuse investigation training. For more information about Dave, see his brief bio or check out his recent publications at The Security Skeptic.

January 2018
Why People Hate ISPs

Underlying the debate on "network neutrality" is a pervasive negative attitude in the US towards ISPs. Interisle principal Fred Goldstein has written an article on this topic on TMCnet.

October 2017
Interisle presentation on Title II options at WISPAPALOOZA

Interisle partner Fred Goldstein presented a talk at the Wireless ISP Assocation's WISPAPALOOZA event in October, 2017. He suggests that the debate over whether or not to apply Title II regulation to ISPs is addressing the wrong questions, and that a layered approach would not only be superior, but is what the law actually intended.
See the slides from his presentation.

September 2017
Interisle Selected for ICANN Review of RSSAC

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has appointed Interisle Consulting Group to conduct an independent review of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC). The RSSAC serves to advise the ICANN community and ICANN Board on matters relating to the operation, administration, security, and integrity of the Internet's Root Server System.
Read the ICANN announcement.

July 2017
Interisle Filing to FCC on Network Neutrality

The FCC is now seeking to roll back its 2015 decision to impose Title II regulation on Internet services. Interisle supports removing Title II regulation from ISP services per se but not from the underlying transmission services of large carriers. We propose a set of safe harbors by which these large vertically-integrated ISPs could either offer their transmission services separately or provide a fully-neutral IP service to a point where others can interconnect. If they choose neither option, they should be required to live up to the "four freedoms" of Internet openness.
Read Interisle's full filing.

June 2016
Interisle Selected as FCC Technical Consultant for WISPA

Interisle has been selected by the Wireless ISP Association (WISPA) as their FCC Technical Consultant. This effort, led by Interisle partner Fred Goldstein, involves working with the wireless ISP industry to ensure that their needs are understood by the FCC, and to help the WISP membership with their FCC compliance. WISPA has over 800 members, mostly small businesses, serving millions of customers across the United States, largely in rural areas not served by larger providers.









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