INNOVATE – Creating new opportunities

Products and services

CIRA remains ahead of market trends with product and service offerings related to cybersecurity and smart communities. This includes CIRA’s D-Zone Anycast DNS, which helps Canadian organizations and subsidiaries optimize and secure their DNS. Our D-Zone customer base is growing annually.

D-Zone Anycast DNS customer growth

D-Zone Anycast DNS customers grew from 9 in fiscal year 2015, to 54 the next year, to 177 in fiscal year 2017.

Websites protected

D-Zone Anycast DNS protected 58 websites in fiscal year 2015, 7,993 in fiscal year 2016 and 16,606 as of the end of fiscal year 2017.

Working with Canadian municipalities

  • CIRA presented .city workshops to municipalities to inform and enhance market acceptance.
  • CIRA supported Smart Community initiatives through 12 City Internet Performance Test (IPT) partnerships.


In fiscal year 2017 CIRA Labs conceived of D-Zone DNS Firewall, a cloud-based cybersecurity solution that protects organizations from malware and ransomware, which launched in early fiscal year 2018. The team also began looking at machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence, to collect big data for insight into how Canadians use their .CA domains. The hope is that this information improves stewardship and protection of .CA.