LACTLD’s Internship Program strengthens collaboration and exchange activities among the regional ccTLDs

18/07/2019

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LACTLD’s Internship Program aims to build capacities through different collaborative activities among the members of the Association. With the support of ICANN, the Program contributes to strengthen relations and contact networks between the Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs.

The latest edition of the Internship Program developed two training experiences among the ccTLD members. The first experience was focused on the Domain Name System Security Extensions or DNSSEC. This training took place from April 8 to 10 at the offices of NIC Costa Rica, in San José, Costa Rica. As on previous occasions, Mauricio Oviedo and Antonio Lobo, members of the .CR technical team, conducted the training program. Three LACTLD associate members were able to take part on it: Edsel García from NIC Panama, Jean Nahum Constant from NIC .ht and Wenceslao Flores from NIC HN. The three participants had the opportunity to analyze the threats that take advantage of the DNS weaknesses, understand the risks associated with these threats, and study the processes and the impact of the DNSSEC implementation on the DNS infrastructure.

Antonio Lobo, one of the experts in charge of the training, stated: “It was an excellent opportunity to share knowledge on the operation of the DNS protocol and its security aspects.” He added that the participants from .PA, .HT and .HN received different presentations on the zone signing, the administration of the keys, the DNSSEC automated administration through BIND and OpenDNSSEC, the hardware security modules (HSM), among other related topics.

The second training experience was developed at the Bolivian Agency for the Development of the Information Society (ADSIB, by its acronym in Spanish) —administrators of the .bo ccTLD— from May 20 to 24. José Urzúa from NIC Chile was received by the NIC.bo team at their offices and conducted the training on the Registry-Registrar Model.

Eleven members from NIC.bo were able to participate in the training sessions. In each of these sessions, different aspects of the Registry-Registrar Model were addressed. Based on the shared knowledge and on the NIC Chile experience presented by José Urzúa, participants were able to analyze the PPE Protocol, review the system design and its implementation, study the technologies used and the different system alternatives available, evaluate the incorporation of Registrars, and examine different aspects related to the ccTLD policies and procedures.

Alberto Inch, member of the NIC.bo team, said: “The internship experience was very a positive one because it allowed us to know the work that NIC Chile has been carrying out, identify some mistakes made and confirm our successes.” Likewise, José Urzúa asserted: “I think it was a very satisfactory experience. We accomplished a high level of attendance due to the fact that the training took place at the NIC.bo’s offices. I think the collaboration and exchange was very enriching for both parties. In addition to the presentations, we share daily lunches and breaks between activities. These moments serve to better understand the context in which the work of the ccTLD is carried out and allowed me to convey the content more effectively”.

Both experiences had excellent results. The members who received the training highlighted the work, the collaboration and the exchange willingness shown by the experts in charge of the internships. They also appreciated the support provided by ICANN to carry out the program. Alberto Inch from NIC.bo said: “Working in community really makes us stronger and helps us face possible threats and cope with problems when they arise.”

The Internship Program renewed LACTLD commitment to strengthen the skills development and cooperation among its members. In this respect, José Urzúa from NIC Chile suggested: “Promoting and maintaining this Internship model over time. In addition to the basic objective of conveying specific knowledge between ccTLDs, we are working in a regional context that has several aspects in common. Thus, these new contact networks allow us to generate great added value in our region.”