According to Computerworld, Beckstrom said stronger efforts are needed to protect the DNS because it is under more attacks, is fragile and vulnerable, and "can stop any time":
The domain name system is under attack today as it has never been before. I have personally consulted with over 20 CEOs of the top registries and the top registrars globally, all of whom are seeing increasing attacks and complexity of attacks and who are extremely concerned.
Chris Disspain, chairman of the Country Code Name Supporting Organization (ccNSO) council, called the remark inflammatory:
Your inflammatory comments to governmental representatives regarding -- in your view -- the precarious state of the security of the DNS, have the potential to undermine the effective and productive relationships established under ICANN's multi-stakeholder model.