Afilias plans to deploy Domain Name System Security Extensions in 13 more top-level domains
Afilias, a global provider of Internet infrastructure services, today announced that it will deploy Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) across its registry platforms, signing 13 more top-level domains (TLDs) and increasing DNSSEC deployment among domain registries by 50 percent.
”Afilias has been a leader in DNSSEC deployment, including working closely with .ORG to plan, design and implement the .ORG DNSSEC strategy as early as 2007," said Ram Mohan, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Afilias. "We are pleased to introduce DNSSEC across our registry and DNS platform, protecting TLDs in our care from DNS cache poisoning and man-in-the-middle attacks, while maintaining consistency and convenience for registrars and their customers."
DNSSEC development began in the early1990s, but only recently became ready for broad deployment as an additional security measure to protect the DNS from cache poisoning exploits. Recently referred to as the Kaminsky bug, this exploit can allow malicious entities to intercept Internet users' requests to access a website, and redirects or eavesdrops on these users without their knowledge, and with no ability to reassert control. DNSSEC introduces digital signatures to the DNS infrastructure and automatically ensures that users' are not hijacked and taken to an unintended destination.
To deploy DNSSEC for these additional TLDs, Afilias is introducing a new global strategy, launched under its "Project Safeguard" initiative. Project Safeguard includes a registry and DNS infrastructure upgrade across Afilias' global technology platforms to support DNSSEC. It also includes a year-long registrar training initiative to address technical issues concerning implementation of DNSSEC in registrar-registry transactions.
As part of Project Safeguard, Afilias conducted research across domain name registrars to understand the issues they face with DNSSEC deployment. Afilias' Registrar DNSSEC Readiness Report found that:
"Our goal is to help registrars navigate the challenges of enabling the next generation of Internet security with DNSSEC, by providing a simple and singular enablement process to easily deploy DNSSEC across Afilias-supported domain registries," said Mohan. "The Project Safeguard initiative should ease the technical burden of DNSSEC deployment and could spur user adoption."
Afilias will deploy DNSSEC first in the .INFO domain in September, to be followed by TLDs that it supports in Asia, the Latin America/Caribbean, and Europe. Based on the proven strategy for the .ORG registry's successful DNSSEC deployment effort, Afilias will adopt a similar, careful, step-by-step approach. This strategy will include a "friends and family period" which will coincide with registrar outreach.
DNSSEC statistics source: DNSSEC Deployment Initiative - as of 13 August 2010 26 TLDs had deployed DNSSEC.
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