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(DOE) Department of Energy goes DNSSEC

July 27, 2009 Leave a comment

The Energy Department has started implementing Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) on its high-performance Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), using a commercial appliance to digitally sign DNS records and manage cryptographic keys.

DNSSEC is a set of protocols for digitally signing records used by the DNS to translate numerical IP addresses into commonly used domain names. Because DNS transactions underlie most activity on the Internet, assuring the authenticity of this information is crucial to security. The .gov (TLD) top-level domain was digitally signed in February, and the Office of Management and Budget is requiring agencies to sign second-tier domains within .gov by the end of the year.

NIST, NTIA , ICANN, and VeriSign are all working on a practical scheme for deploying DNSSEC in the Internet’s authoritative root zone.

Resources:

The DNSSEC Deployment Initiative Official Website
GOVSEC Free Presentations about the Government’s Plan of Deployment