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Lack of DNSSec Adoption Due to Standard's Inherent Complexity

According to a recent Dark Reading report, security experts say the overall lack of DNSSec adoption today is due to the standard's inherent complexity, which has kept it off the radar screen for most organizations.

From the report: And much of the knowledge gap in DNS security is for administrative reasons, security analysts say. "DNS is a black art, and few have the skills and resources to do it well," says Robert Whiteley, Forrester Research. "And no one group consistently 'owns' it — applications, networking, and server teams often own pieces of it, and it doesn't receive appropriate funding because it's a shared asset."

The result: DNS security can easily get overlooked. "I think the majority of companies will have to unfortunately suffer DNS failure or exploits before funds are made available to invest in proper DNS hardening," Whiteley says.

Read full story: Dark Reading

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Re: Lack of DNSSec Adoption Due to Standard's Inherent Complexity Paul Hoffman  –  Nov 20, 2007 12:03 PM PDT

The article misses the major reason why DNSsec (however you want to capitalize it) has not caught on. If a user makes a secure DNS query and gets back an error, they are not going to know what to do, and will likely want to follow the bad response anyway. Further, if the DNS queries are being done by their IT department or ISP, if they get back a negative response for a normal query, it will cause a customer support call.

Security without sensible remediation is not popular (and probably not all that useful).

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