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Securing the DNS

Leading the next step towards a more secure Internet

IETF 75, 28 July 2009, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 11:45am - 12:45pm (UTC+2),
    Light lunch provided; registration is free
  • Clarion Sign Hotel, Stockholm (near the IETF 75 venue)
    Room C1-2-3, 2nd Floor (fully booked)
    Get directions
  • Transcript

The Domain Name System (DNS) is one of the critical operational elements of the Internet, creating a “human environment” that allows names to be mapped to host addresses across the Internet. But the DNS was established with no inherent security  mechanisms, making it vulnerable to certain malicious activities, such as DNS spoofing, where attackers make false assertions about DNS data in order to misdirect traffic to unwanted sites.

Efforts are underway on several fronts, developing better Internet security technologies and practices through open standards development and the collaborative work of developers, operators, and industry. One key effort is DNSSEC (short for DNS Security Extensions) – a set of open standards developed to authenticate DNS data using public key infrastructure to digitally sign DNS records, providing a high level of security to core transactions. It does not solve all online security issues, but it is an important step towards a more secure online experience.

Leaders from across the Internet community are actively engaged in work to drive the broad deployment of DNSSEC and other standards for continuous improvements in Internet security.

In this session – designed to make these issues accessible to a broader audience – the Internet Society’s Leslie Daigle will lead a distinguished panel of some of the world’s leading developers, administrators, and operators of Internet infrastructure. What are their experiences? What problems have they overcome? And what do they see as the next steps towards a more robustly secure Internet?

Read the background document on DNSSEC.

On the panel

The panel will feature:

  • Patrick Wallström
    .SE – the Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) operator for Sweden, one of the first to deploy DNSSEC. See: .SE DNSSEC Experience (PDF: 1.2MB)
  • Richard Lamb
    ICANN – the non-profit corporation overseeing many vital aspects of Internet technical administration, including the Root DNS zone. See: DNSSEC at the Root: Opening the Door to Opportunity (PDF:38KB)
  • Olaf Kolkman
    NLnet Labs – See: DNSSEC: Let's grow us a chicken (PDF: 1.9MB)
  • Leslie Daigle
    The Internet Society – a nonprofit organisation providing leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy. See: Securing the DNS: An ISOC briefing panel (PDF:240KB)
  • Jim Galvin
    Public Interest Registry – the operators of the .ORG Registry which recently deployed DNSSEC and signed the .org domain. See: .ORG & DNSSEC (PDF:246KB)
  • Matt Larson
    Verisign – one of the world’s leading providers of network infrastructure services, including two of the root name servers and digital certification.
    See VeriSign's DNSSEC Plans for .com, .net and the root (PDF:149KB)
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How to take part

* We apologise for the very poor quality of the audio stream, which was due to technical problems beyond our control.