Commerce Department to Work with ICANN and VeriSign to Enhance the Security and
Jun 05, 2009, 09:04 (0 Talkback[s])
[ Thanks to JW for this link.
"The Domain Name and Addressing System (DNS) is a
critical component of the Internet infrastructure. The DNS
associates user-friendly domain names (e.g., www.commerce.gov) with
the numeric network addresses (e.g., 22.214.171.124) required to
deliver information on the Internet, making the Internet easier for
the public to navigate. The accuracy, integrity, and availability
of the data supplied by the DNS are essential to the operation of
any system or service that uses the Internet. Over the years,
vulnerabilities have been identified in the DNS protocol that
threaten the authenticity and integrity of the DNS data. Many of
these vulnerabilities are mitigated by DNSSEC, which is a suite of
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) specifications for securing
information provided by the DNS."