Nominet launches partner program with DNS security solution at its centre

Roughly six months after opening an office in Washington and expanding its business across the U.S. and Canada, Nominet, the .uk domain name registry in the United Kingdom, today announced its global cyber security partner program, Velocity.

While the Velocity program comes with the traditional three-tier program structure, it offers a unique proposition for partners that achieve “Power” status – the highest of tiers – within 12 months. Nominet says partners that accomplish this will be retrospectively rewarded with the perks that come with a Power status, such as the chunkier rebates and discounts, as well as access to co-marketing funds.

The new channel team responsible for cybersecurity at Nominet is lead by Dave Polton, vice-president of solutions.

While domain name systems (DNS) security isn’t a silver bullet, it remains an overlooked part of many organizations’ cybersecurity strategy, indicated Polton. DNS security solutions add a crucial layer of security on top of the overall stack to provide real-time monitoring across the network that sidesteps the need to fiddle around with endpoints and clunky hardware.

The new partner program is meant to encourage partners to do business with Nominet, but a large focus of this initiative is to instill good behaviour among manufacturers and organizations doubling down on the Internet of Things, he added.

“The world of IoT is a growing market, so within industrial control systems and the broader IoT products from telecom providers, we see this as a key use case,” Polton told Channel Daily News.

At the centre of the partner program is Nominet’s network detection and response platform NTX.

NTX uses patented algorithms and machine-learning techniques to provide visibility, insights and predictive capabilities for advanced levels of threat detection and blocking. It’s split into two separate solutions, Nominet NTX Protect, a monitoring tool that performs deep dives on network traffic, and NTX Secure, a fully-managed service from Nominet’s team of experts that predicts, monitors and responds to threats.

“We do believe that DNS security solutions is an untapped area,” said Polton.

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