Nominum Joins The Family Online Safety Institute

April 12, 2009

Redwood City, Calif. – April 13, 2009 - Nominum, the leading provider of network naming and addressing technologies, announced today that it has joined the Family Online Safety Institute, an international non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices, tools and methods to protect children using the Internet. Nominum will also serve on the FOSI board.

“Nominum has the technical depth, and the experience with more than 100 large service providers around the world, to help advance the FOSI mission to promote best practices and to further innovative new techniques,” said FOSI CEO Stephen Balkam. “Nominum is focused on enabling a trusted internet experience for kids, and we look forward to the company's active engagement in our organization.”

“There is a tremendous need to make the Internet safe for families; it is simply unacceptable that parents have to fear what their children might encounter,” said Gopala Tumuluri, vice president of marketing. “Nominum is looking forward to collaborating with, and leveraging the collective strengths of, other FOSI members to make the Internet more safe and secure.”

Nominum has developed unique technology that allows service providers to manage access to content on the Internet. Rather than simply forwarding Internet users to sites that host illegal, inappropriate or malicious content, Nominum’s solution leverages “teachable moments.” It instantly redirects users who have clicked on a malicious link to a web page that explains the danger they face or to a generic error page. Such pages are known to be an effective means of educating users about how to be cautious on the Internet.

Because the Nominum solution is based on proven DNS technology, it scales across the Internet and can protect literally hundreds of millions of users. As new sites hosting illegal or malicious content are discovered, protections can be updated instantly and automatically. Best of all, this solution does not require families that access the Internet to do anything; they do not have to worry about installing or maintaining any software or updating any lists themselves.

About Nominum

Nominum’s network naming and addressing solutions are the foundation of the always-on broadband Internet, supporting more than150 million households connected by more than one hundred service providers in every region of the world - North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. Nominum’s Domain Name System (DNS) and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) products lead the industry in security, performance, and reliability. Nominum innovations allow providers and enterprises to leverage DNS to deliver a Trusted Internet Experience, creating an environment where individuals can browse, interact, and transact online without fear of identity theft or exposure to illegal or malicious content. This environment preserves the freedom to explore, create, and share content, while maintaining privacy. It also removes the immense burden on Internet users to provide and maintain the technology needed to protect themselves from an increasingly complex and continually changing range of online threats. For more information, please visit

About FOSI

The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) works to make the online world safe for kids and their families by identifying and promoting best practices, tools and methods that also respect free speech. FOSI’s members include: AOL, AT&T, Blue Coat, BT Retail, Cisco, Comcast, Computing Technology Industry Association, Crisp Thinking, France Telecom/Orange, Google, GSMA, Loopt, Microsoft, Motion Picture Association of America, Mpower Media, MySpace, Ning, Nominum, Privo, Rulespace, Sentinel, Sprint, StreamShield, Symantec, Telefónica, Telmex, The Wireless Foundation, Verizon and Yahoo!. FOSI hosts an annual international conference to bring together Internet safety advocates from a variety of sectors, including global corporations, government, non-profits, academia and the media, to discuss the current pulse of online safety and emerging solutions that will enhance it. For more information, please visit

At the Second Annual FOSI Conference, a new report on online safety education titled Making Wise Choices Online was issued, for more information on this report go to

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