CIRA takes an important step in making the Internet more secure
Ottawa, February 17, 2012 – Today, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) took a critical step in making the Internet more secure for Canadians. As part of CIRA’s planned implementation of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), CIRA released a DNSSEC Practice Statement (DPS) to provide this service to the Canadian Internet community.
The DPS provides an operational outline of all the details on how CIRA plans to develop, maintain and manage DNSSEC deployment. CIRA is inviting comments on its DPS. Interested parties can send their feedback on the DPS to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“CIRA is committed to providing Canadian Internet users with a safe, secure and trusted online experience,” said CIRA’s President and CEO Byron Holland. “DNSSEC is the next logical step in securing DNS services and protecting Canadians online.”
DNSSEC is an important set of extensions that provide an extra layer of security to the domain name system (DNS), the system the Internet uses to translate your domain name from its commonly used URL into its numerical Internet protocol address.
In addition to the DPS, CIRA also launched an online knowledge centre dedicated to DNSSEC, available at http://cira.ca/knowledge-centre/technology/dnssec. The knowledge centre includes resources for Canadians to learn about why DNSSEC is important and how CIRA plans to implement it.
At its core, DNSSEC is a set of Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) specifications for adding origin authentication and data integrity to the DNS and is implemented through public key cryptography into the DNS hierarchy. What results is a more secure connection for the end user.
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority is the member-driven organization that manages Canada’s .CA domain name registry, develops and implements policies that support Canada’s Internet community, and represents the .CA registry internationally.
For more information, please contact:
Communications Manager, Canadian Internet Registration Authority
(613) 237-5335 ext. 262