On Monday 27 March the gTLD testbeds (Operational Test and Evaluation - OT&E) will be unavailable for approximately one hour 10:00 - 11:00 BST (UTC + 1).
16 August 2016 - TLS Strengthening
We are pleased to be able to confirm the revised deployment date for the implementation of strengthened EPP connection requirements. The TLS requirements for EPP connections will now be updated on 16 August 2016.
This change is in line with recognised best practice for EPP connection security levels and we strongly advise registrars to now check that they are using TLS 1.1 or higher for all EPP connections. The UK and gTLD testbeds (Operational Test and Evaluation - OT&E) are available for registrars to test their connections should upgrade activity be required to meet the 16 August change date.
From 16 August 2016 you will need to use TLS 1.1 or higher for your EPP connections and connections attempted using lower TLS levels will fail.