VeriSign, Inc. provides domain name registry services, which power the navigation of the Internet by operating a global infrastructure for a portfolio of top-level domains (TLDs) that includes .com, .net, .tv, .edu, .gov, .jobs, .name, and .cc, as well as two Internet root servers (Registry Services). The company’s product suite also includes Network Intelligence and Availability (NIA) Services consisting of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection Services, Verisign iDefense Security Intelligence Services (iDefense), and Managed Domain Name System (Managed DNS) Services. The company has operations inside and outside the United States (U.S.). Naming Services Registry Services Registry Services operates the authoritative directory of all .com, .net, .cc, .tv, and .name domain names and the back-end systems for all .gov, .jobs, and .edu domain names. Registry Services allows individuals and organizations to establish their online identities, while providing the always-on access they need to communicate and transact with large-scale online audiences. The company is the registry of domain names within the .com, .net and .name generic top-level domains (gTLDs) under agreements with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and also, with respect to the .com agreement, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). As a registry, the company maintains the master directory of all second-level domain names in these TLDs (johndoe.com and janedoe.net). The company’s global constellation of domain name servers provides Internet protocol (IP) address information in response to queries, enabling the use of browsers, email systems, and other systems on the Internet. In addition, it owns and maintains the shared registration system that allows all registrars to enter new second-level domain names into the master directory and to submit modifications, transfers, re-registrations, and deletions for existing second-level domain names (Shared Registration System). Separate from the company’s agreements with ICANN, it has agreements to be the registry for the .tv and .cc country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) and to operate the back-end registry systems for the .gov, .jobs, and .edu gTLDs. These TLDs are also supported by the company’s global constellation of domain name servers and Shared Registration System. With the company’s existing gTLDs and ccTLDs, it also provides internationalized domain name (IDN) services that enable Internet users to access Websites in characters representing their local language. IDNs might be registered in approximately 350 different native languages and scripts. NIA Services NIA Services provides infrastructure assurance to organizations and includes iDefense, Managed DNS, and DDoS Protection Services. iDefense provides 24 hours a day, every day of the year, access to cyber intelligence related to vulnerabilities, malicious code, and global threats. The company’s teams enable companies to improve vulnerability management, incident response, fraud mitigation, and proactive mitigation of the particular threats targeting their industry or global operations. Customers include financial institutions, corporations, and governmental and quasi-governmental organizations. Managed DNS is a hosting service that delivers DNS resolution, improving the availability of Web-based systems. It provides DNS availability through a globally distributed, managed, cloud-based DNS infrastructure, allowing enterprises to save on capital expenses associated with DNS infrastructure deployment and reduce operational costs and complexity associated with DNS management. Managed DNS service provides full support for DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) compliance features and Geo Location traffic routing capabilities. DNSSEC is designed to protect the DNS infrastructure from man-in-the-middle attacks that corrupt, or poison, DNS data. Geo Location allows Website owners to customize responses for end-users based on their physical location or IP address, giving them the ability to deliver location-specific content. Customers include financial institutions, e-commerce, and software-as-a-service providers. DDoS Protection Services supports online business continuity by providing monitoring and mitigation services against DDoS attacks. Customers include financial institutions and e-commerce providers. Marketing, Sales, and Distribution The company markets its NIA Services worldwide through multiple distribution channels, including direct sales and indirect channels. It has marketing and sales offices throughout the world. Research and Development During 2013, the company’s research and development expenses were $70.3 million. Intellectual Property The company has obtained trademark registrations for the VERISIGN mark and new VERISIGN logo in the U.S. and certain countries, and has pending trademark applications for the new VERISIGN logo in various other countries. Competition Registry Services: The company’s competitors include Neustar, Inc.; Afilias Limited; ARI Registry Services; Donuts Inc.; and RightSide Inc. NIA Services: The company’s competitors include iSight Partners; IBM X-Force; Secunia ApS; Dell SecureWorks; McAfee, Inc.; Prolexic Technologies, Inc.; AT&T Inc.; Verizon Communications, Inc.; Dyn, Inc.; Neustar, Inc.; OpenDNS; BlueCat Networks, Inc.; Infoblox Inc.; Nominum, Inc.; Afilias Limited; and Akamai Technologies, Inc. History VeriSign, Inc. was founded in 1995. The company was incorporated in Delaware in 1995.
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