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Drexel University and APTLD Introduce a Cybersecurity Certificate Program to the Asia Pacific ccTLD Managers Community

September 7, 2021

Drexel University and Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD) are excited to announce the launch of the Drexel and APTLD Cybersecurity Certificate program this fall.


Leonid Todorov, General Manager at APTLD proudly states, "Our partnership with Drexel University marks a milestone development for both APTLD and the global domain industry. Together, we are crafting a bespoke academic curriculum for ccTLD managers to be delivered by a leading US university known for its commitment to innovation in teaching. We are particularly grateful for the University's contribution to our outreach effort in the South Pacific region and delivery of a cybersecurity class to over 200 representatives of the Pacific islands’ multi stakeholder community"


As part of this certificate program, APTLD members will have the opportunity to participate in a series of educational modules facilitated by Drexel faculty. This certificate program will strive to help its participants understand cyber security holistically. The modules proposed will guide the audience through cybersecurity, beginning at what cybersecurity is, how it is applied to a country code top-level domain’s (ccTLD) agenda, and means of information security to developing policies and rules around cybersecurity.


The program will be managed by the Drexel Solutions Institute which operates as the gateway for corporate partners to connect to the University’s world-class resources including talent pipeline needs and interdisciplinary R&D solutions that leverage Drexel’s R-1 research capabilities. 


“We are thrilled to be working with APTLD on this exciting program and appreciate the opportunity to connect with a global audience on the importance of cybersecurity,” says Anna Koulas, Vice President of the Drexel Solutions Institute.


At the completion of the series, APTLD members that complete all the required modules will receive a certificate of completion from Drexel University.



The Drexel and APTLD Cybersecurity Certificate Program will consist of an introductory session led by Dr. Pablo Molina, Chief Information Security Officer; Associate Vice President of Information Technology followed by monthly sessions instructed by Drexel University faculty members, Dr. Steven Weber, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering: Director, Cybersecurity Institute, College of Engineering, Dr. Matthew Stamm, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, and Dr. Thomas Heverin, Associate Teaching Professor, Information Science, College of Computing & Informatics. Each module will be approximately 60-120 minutes in length and will be an interactive discussion led by the Drexel faculty member.


All participants must complete Modules 1 & 2. APTLD members will be able to opt into either the non-technical track (3 modules) or technical track (3 modules) or both tracks based upon preference.



APTLD members will be able to participate by pre-registering through the APTLD Secretariat







APTLD (Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association) is an organization for ccTLD (country-code Top Level Domain) registries in Asia Pacific region. APTLD works as the forum of information exchange regarding technological and operational issues of domain name registries in Asia Pacific region. Also, as an interface to other international Internet coordinating bodies, APTLD fosters and elevates participation of AP ccTLDs in these global fora, as well as acting in the best interest of APTLD members in global Internet policy making process.

For more information about APTLD and its members’ participation in the Program please visit or contact the Secretariat at:


Drexel University is a comprehensive global research university. The university’s mission is to serve its students and society through comprehensive integrated academic offerings enhanced by technology, co-operative education, and clinical practice in an urban setting, with global outreach embracing research, scholarly activities, and community initiatives.  

For more information about Drexel University and its programs please visit To learn more about industry collaborations with Drexel University, please visit the Drexel Solutions Institute.