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DNSSEC is Just the Beginning

I'm happy to report that effective as of yesterday, we have successfully deployed DNSSEC into the Internet root zone for. the .CO Top Level Domain. This is a giant leap forward toward ensuring that .CO is one of the safest, most secure domain extensions on the Internet. By creating a more safe, reliable and secure domain name system, DNSSEC will help us to become (and to remain) the platform of choice where the world's next great enterprises will make their home.

For those of you who don't know (I’ll venture to guess that would be about 99.99% of the entire world), DNSSEC means "Domain Name System Security Extensions." It is a suite of Internet specifications that are intended to solve (or at least mitigate) certain types of known Internet security threats that can lead to cyber-crimes, like identity theft.

Specifically, DNSSEC protects users of the domain name system from forged data by verifying that you have been directed to the exact website you intended to reach. Simply stated, a validation process checks that a particular address record was actually sent by the authoritative name server and was not somehow hijacked or modified in transit. The user will be sent to his or her destination only if the address is validated — not if the address is found to be fraudulent.

DNSSEC has the potential to provide the Internet community with a huge security boost in all the zones that are signed. But for it to fulfill its promise, it will take the active and coordinated effort of the entire Internet community — including registrars, hosting companies, Internet service providers, and other registries.

Our goal is to ensure that .CO is the premier global platform inspiring secure internet commerce, financial transactions, and 21st Century innovation on the Internet. To make this happen, we plan to play an increasingly active role in addressing the evolving security challenges that impact the Internet. DNSSEC is just the beginning.

Please stay tuned — and stay in touch! If you have any questions about DNSSEC, or anything else, we're always here to help! You may contact us at DNSSEC@COinternet.co.

Written by Nicolai Bezsonoff, Chief Operating Officer, .CO Internet

About .CO Internet

.CO Internet

.CO Internet S.A.S. is the Registry Operator for the .CO top-level domain. Short, memorable and credible, .CO is the hot, new ending for web addresses all over the world. From start-ups and small businesses to big brands and multinational corporations, .CO is increasingly becoming the web address of choice for innovators and entrepreneurs across the globe. Please visit http://www.COinternet.co and http://www.go.co for more information. You can also follow us on Twitter @dotCO and at Facebook.com/dotCO. (Learn More)

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