[ga] Fw: ICANN News Alert -- ICANN to Work with United States Government and VeriSign on Interim Solution to Core Internet Security Issue
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- Subject: [ga] Fw: ICANN News Alert -- ICANN to Work with United States Government and VeriSign on Interim Solution to Core Internet Security Issue
- From: Hugh Dierker <hdierker2204@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2009 00:38:16 -0700 (PDT)
I don't think I am buying this partnership rap.
Verisign?? Are we talking fox and henhouse here? Safegaurd the integrity and
security of access to data and the web???
--- On Thu, 6/4/09, ICANN News Alert <communications@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
From: ICANN News Alert <communications@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: ICANN News Alert -- ICANN to Work with United States Government and
VeriSign on Interim Solution to Core Internet Security Issue
Date: Thursday, June 4, 2009, 11:33 AM
ICANN News Alert
ICANN to Work with United States Government and VeriSign on Interim Solution to
Core Internet Security Issue
Immediate security concerns addressed by DNSSEC
3 June 2009
Washington, D.C.—June 3, 2009—ICANN will work with the U.S. Department of
Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA),
the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and VeriSign on the
goal of an operationally Signed Root Zone as soon as feasible in 2009.
In a letter agreeing to participate, ICANN recognizes the urgency surrounding
the issue of electronically signing the Internet’s "root zone" but stresses the
need for this process to be interim.
"We’ve been working towards a signed root for more than three years. In fact,
ICANN has operated a root zone signing test bed for more than two years. So
ICANN is aware of the urgency around signing the root to enhance stability and
security" Paul Twomey, President and CEO of ICANN said.
"ICANN has agreed to work with VeriSign and the Department of Commerce to first
test, and then have production deployment of DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC)
as soon as feasible without prejudice to any proposals that may be made for
long term signing processes" said Twomey.
"There will of course need to be consultations with the Internet technical
community as the testing and implementation plans are developed" he added.
The NTIA asked for input from the Internet community in October 2008 on the
issue of securing the top level of the domain name system (DNS) from
vulnerabilities that threaten the accuracy and integrity of the DNS data.
Vulnerabilities in the existing DNS have become easier to exploit to the extent
that malicious parties may be able to distribute false DNS information, and to
re-direct Internet users.
Details of the process are still being worked on but discussions between the
Department of Commerce and VeriSign and ICANN have identified that VeriSign
will manage and have operational responsibility for the Zone Signing Key in the
interim arrangement, and that ICANN will manage the Key Signing Key process.
ICANN will work closely with VeriSign regarding the operational and
cryptographic issues involved.
"This is very important for the global community of Internet users. We will
work closely with all participants on this crucial security initiative." Twomey
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