Sean Leach | Jan 27, 2012
If I could describe DNSSEC in one word, it would be "important." Another word that often describes it though is "complex."
What is DNSSEC and why is it so important and complex? Well, DNS, as you may know, is a little known (but absolutely critical) technology. It enables connections on the Internet by translating the better known domains we all use to the IP addresses that get us to the pages we want. Without DNS, the Internet doesn't work. Cryptography has a similar lack of visibility, but is also absolutely critical. When you mash the two of them together, you get Domain Name Security Extensions, commonly called DNSSEC.
DNSSEC provides a manner of guaranteeing that an answer from the global DNS is the correct answer - which as you can imagine is pretty important (i.e. if I type in the domain for my bank's website, I sure hope the IP address my browser goes to is of the intended bank, not some nefarious middle man trying to steal my data. This is what DNSSEC helps solve). I say DNSSEC is complex because there are terms associated with it like "zone signing," "key rollover," "algorithm strength," "data enumeration," etc. That's a LOT of terms to know just to be able to have a secure domain.Read more
Burt Kaliski | Jan 20, 2012
One of the highlights of my first seven months at Verisign was attending the annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nairobi, Kenya last September. I had the pleasure of serving with industry, policy and technical leaders from around the world on several panels concerned with how to manage the Internet as a shared and connected global resource. It was my first trip to Africa, and similar to my experience at each of the other new continents I’ve visited over the course of my career, what once seemed so far away became much closer to home – especially as I sat in the conference room and tweeted and emailed over the wireless network!
Attending IGF was a strong reminder that the world has become so much more connected, with Internet access a huge enabler of the global economy. People are learning, companies are forming, and society is changing in new ways as a result of an interconnectedness that puts Kenya and every other country in the same, virtual neighborhood.Read more