Carlos Alvarez

Carlos Alvarez

Director of SSR Engagement


Carlos’s work is currently focused on helping the Internet community address abuse of Domain Name System resources, by:

— Providing subject matter expertise on contractual and policy matters with potential anti-abuse and consumer protection implications. 
— Trust-based collaboration with worldwide cyber law enforcement and the operational security community. 
— Capability building, via training law enforcement and other constituents involved in the operation or the security of the Internet identifiers.

He served in the past in ICANN’s Contractual Compliance Team where he managed the team responsible for processing all registrar-related complaints worldwide. He also provided key subject matter expert advice and guidance to ICANN’s Contractual Compliance Audit Program and to the gTLD registry-related work of the Compliance Team.

Prior to joining ICANN, Carlos participated in the International Attorneys Program at Holland & Knight in Miami and served as the head of the Legal & Business Affairs Division at Sony Music for Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru. While in this position he was a member of the Andean legal committee of the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry).

He was a pioneer in Latin America in matters related to software anti-piracy, information security from a legal perspective and cyber crime, initially through his work with the local law firm of the Business Software Alliance in Colombia since 1998. His articles on piracy and terrorism, cyber crime, botnets, digital evidence, criminal aspects related to the use of honeypots, legal aspects of information security standards, the Budapest Convention, and other related matters have been published in Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico and Spain. He taught computer law, legal aspects of information security and intellectual property in two universities in Bogota and has lectured before many different audiences in the Americas, Europe and Asia, from students to c-level executives, as well as government representatives, regulators, law enforcement, and military and intelligence personnel.

He maintains working relationships with law enforcement cyber units from different countries and while still living in Bogota was a member of the local Electronic Commerce Subcommittee of the International Chamber of Commerce. Carlos is a former co-chair of the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG)’s Anti-Phishing Special Interest Group and is a co-chair of M3AAWG’s DNS Abuse Special Interest Group.

Carlos is an attorney graduated from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, has studies on networking with TCP/IP from UCLA and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

General Session #4 – The Domain Name System: Investigations and criminal use (English)

Grand Ballroom

PowerPoint Presentation: GS4 – Carlos Alvarez Pt1 PowerPoint Presentation: GS4 – Carlos Alvarez Pt2   Refresher on Internet identifiers / What is the Domain Name System? / Domain name resolution process / Domain name creation process / Why does this matter from a security standpoint? / How do criminals abuse the DNS? / What types […]