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OTTAWA, ON – June 23, 2022 – CIRA strongly supports the decision today by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission to coordinate a consistent approach to blocking botnets in order to protect Canadian internet users and the country’s internet infrastructure.  

In its decision, the CRTC supports recommendations made in CIRA’s initial submission, including:  

  • Setting minimum technical parameters in a manner that is proportionate to the purpose of preventing harm caused to Canadians  
  • Establishing a framework for network-level botnet blocking guided by principles of necessity, proportionality, privacy, accountability, transparency, and accuracy  
  • Circumscribing the approach to ensure it is limited to botnets and other indicators of compromise and prevents any broadening of scope 


Executive Quote

“As true believers in the free and open internet, we recognize that blocking is a difficult issue. That said, we see first-hand that malicious activity such as botnets creates real threats to the internet’s infrastructure,” says Byron Holland, CIRA’s President and CEO.  “We support the CRTC’s decision to develop a framework for botnet blocking in order to ensure Canadians can leverage a safe and trusted internet for their social, economic and cultural development.” 

“We are also pleased to see the Commission – and other intervenors – point to CIRA Canadian Shield as a successful example of an approach to botnet blocking,” continues Holland. “With our background in managing the DNS for .CA and dozens of other top-level domain names around the world, and with the expertise and insights we have gained in implementing protected DNS services like Canadian Shield, we welcome an opportunity to work with the CRTC to further define a principled and proportionate framework that improves the safety and security of the internet in Canada.” 

CIRA’s original submission to the botnet consultation is available here.


About CIRA and Canadian Shield 

CIRA (The Canadian Internet Registration Authority) manages the .CA top-level domain on behalf of all Canadians. CIRA also develops technologies and services—such as CIRA DNS Firewall and CIRA Canadian Shield—that help support its goal of building a trusted internet for Canadians. The CIRA team operates one of the fastest-growing country code top-level domains (ccTLD), a high-performance global DNS network, and one of the world's most advanced back-end registry solutions.   

CIRA Canadian Shield is a free cybersecurity service that improves privacy and blocks botnets, phishing, ransomware, and other malware as one of the many ways we build a trusted Canadian internet through our Community Investment Program. CIRA Canadian Shield is built by Canadians, exclusively for Canadians.