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ICANN Security Chief Urges Widespread Adoption of DNSSEC

05 августа 2011

Jeff Moss, ICANN’s Vice President and Chief Security Officer, told the Black Hat Technical Security conference in Las Vegas that now is the time for corporations and organizations to embrace DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions).

“If you only call us after the house is on fire, you have very few options,” Moss told the conference in emphasizing the need for business to prioritize online security, including adoption of DNSSEC.  

“If you don’t have a corporate policy or strategy to sign your zone, you should,” said Moss, who is the founder of the Black Hat conference.  “You’re not only going to be helping your own organization, you’re going to be helping the rest of the Internet.”

DNSSEC helps to assure that Internet users end up at the Internet site to which they intended to navigate and minimizes the ability of cyber-criminals to misdirect them to bogus sites.  

Moss called the adoption of DNSSEC by the vast majority of the Internet’s top-level domains (TLDs) a “foundational upgrade” for the Internet.  

“Once we get enough critical mass with signed zones then the whole Internet starts to the get the benefit of this technology,” said Moss.

Moss was named ICANN’s Chief Security Officer in April.

Throughout his career, the self-proclaimed hacker of more than of 20 years has used his skills and understanding of the hacking community and its methods to help organizations secure their global networks. He currently serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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