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Internet groups provide cryptographic security in Singapore

Anuradha Shukla | June 23, 2011
New cyber security facility provides secure digital signatures for the country-code top level domains of countries.

Three Internet groups have teamed up on securing Internet users around the globe. They are Packet Clearing House (PCH), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.

The trio has inaugurated the first of three hardened facilities in Singapore. The other two facilities are located in Zurich, Switzerland (still under construction) and San Jose, California.

The Singapore facility aims to provide secure digital signatures for the country-code top level domains of dozens of countries. This facility assures Internet users of the authenticity of the websites they visit and the email addresses they use.

The three new facilities will provide cryptographic security using the recently deployed Domain Name System Security (DNSSEC) protocol, which is standardised by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

The partners are aiming to drive the adoption of the DNSSEC protocol with this initiative, which is spearheaded by ICANN.

“One of ICANN’s core missions is to enhance the security and stability of the Internet’s Domain Name System. This new DNSSEC facility in Singapore helps us do just that,” said Rod Beckstrom, president and chief executive officer of ICANN. 

“The bottom line is that this centre and the two others like it will give billions of Internet users the confidence to know that they have ended up at the website they intended to reach, reducing the risk that they have been misdirected to a different site by cyber criminals.”

Guiding against threats

Concern for cyber security is growing these days and browsing the Internet is not a harmless activity.

Cyber criminals know how to leverage the Internet’s addressing system to create counterfeit websites that look like the real thing but capture users’ private information.

This issue can be addressed by DNSSEC as it guards against this cyber threat.

“Businesspeople, governments, and regular Internet users have been demanding secure domain names for more than 10 years, and I’m really happy to have finally built a system that delivers that, and delivers it globally, to any country that wants it, at no cost,” said Packet Clearing House’s research director, Bill Woodcock. “DNSSEC was an obvious next step for our global anycast DNS service network, since we already provide service to more than 80 countries.”


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