All registrars can now plan to offer an additional security service to their customers. The benefits of DNSSEC include the ability to thwart the increasing predominance of attacks like pharming, cache poisoning, and DNS redirection that have been used to commit fraud, distribute malware, and/or identity theft. DNSSEC, an upgrade to the internet infrastructure, protects Internet resolvers (clients) from forged DNS data, such as that created by DNS cache poisoning.
"This announcement coupled with recent ones by Comcast, various ccTLDs and even ICANN, is an important signal not only for application providers, ISPs, and telcos, but also for registrars to begin planning for their implementation now, to address the need for enhanced security for their customers," said Alexa Raad, CEO of PIR. "Ensuring Internet security and stability are among our highest priorities and being the first to fully deploy DNSSEC positions .ORG registrants to be amongst the first to safeguard their users from escalating security threats, especially as Internet usage continues to grow exponentially."
Launching signed delegations, with the technical support of Afilias, is the final step in PIR's phased approach to fully deploying DNSSEC, , within the .ORG zone. A rigorous "friends and family" testing phase, started in June of 2008 has enabled PIR not only to thoroughly test and address operational and deployment issues related to zone management, key distribution and rollover, but also to assist registrars in the development and deployment of the service.
"We applaud PIR's leadership in the deployment of DNSSEC in the gTLD space," said Rod Beckstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN. "Opening up general registration of signed zones in .ORG is a major step forward."
All interested registrars must pass a mandatory DNSSEC Certification Test. For more information regarding .ORG DNSSEC initiatives and information, please visit: www.pir.org/dnssec.
About .ORG, The Public Interest Registry
Trusted across all ages, backgrounds and nationalities, .ORG is where people turn to find credible information, get involved, fund causes and support advocacy. .ORG, The Public Interest Registry (PIR) empowers the global community to use the Internet more effectively and, concurrently, takes a leadership position among Internet stakeholders on policy and related issues. The .ORG domain is the Internet's third largest "generic" or non-country specific top-level domain with more than 8 million domain names registered worldwide. PIR is based in Reston, Virginia, USA.