Sunday, July 27, 2008

NIST Pilot Gives U.S. Agencies Experience With DNSsec

William Jackson writes on

Like so many of the technical underpinnings of the Internet, the Domain Name System that translates names into IP addresses was not designed with adequate security. The DNS Security Extensions (DNSsec) for digitally signing and authenticating information has been developed to help fix that problem, and its use in government is likely to become more common.

In late 2006, new federal information security requirements called for agencies to use DNSsec signatures on DNS servers that are classified as moderate- or high-impact information systems. However, to date there has been little implementation of DNSsec in the .gov domain, said Doug Montgomery, manager of the Internet technical research group for the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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