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3Feb/140

Afilias Increases DNS Security in Latin America and the Caribbean with the Deployment of DNSSEC


Dublin, Ireland (Vocus) October 13, 2010

Afilias, a global provider of Internet infrastructure services, today announced that it has enabled Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) for five country code Top-Level-Domains (ccTLDs) in Latin America and the Caribbean region. The ccTLDs whose zones have been secured by DNSSEC include: .AG (Antigua and Barbuda), .BZ (Belize), .HN (Honduras) .LC (St. Lucia), and .VC (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines). These TLDs were officially signed by Afilias on October 5, 2010.

“Afilias is pleased to be able to improve the security for the Latin American and Caribbean regions on behalf of our customers by enabling DNSSEC in these important top-level domains,” said Ram Mohan, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Afilias. “DNSSEC’s potential for securing Internet users against malicious attacks is directly dependent on its collective adoption. With the inclusion of these additional five TLDs, DNSSEC adoption continues to increase and presents a stronger argument for other members of the chain of trust to move ahead with their deployments.”

“Among the fastest growing regions of the world in terms of Internet usage, the number of Latin American and the Caribbean Internet users has increased by more than 100 fold over the last ten years,” said Dr. Patrick Lay of NIC AG, representing Antigua and Barbuda. “By deploying DNSSEC we are able to demonstrate our leadership in the Caribbean marketplace as a forward-thinking registry operator that is ready to help the Internet’s security foundation evolve for the next decade of research and development.”

DNSSEC protects the DNS from cache poisoning exploits which can allow malicious entities to intercept an Internet users’ request to access a website, and redirect or eavesdrop on the user without their knowledge, and with no ability to reassert control. DNSSEC introduces digital signatures to the DNS infrastructure and ensures that DNS responses came from their authoritative source.

“.BZ is a popular alternative where businesses are moving to call their online home,” said Juan Carlos Namis of University Management Ltd. “It is important that we provide a secure and stable environment for them and deploying DNSSEC, along with our registry provider Afilias, will allow our domain to be among the select group of early adopters that are embracing the security protocols required for the future.”

“Honduras is home to nearly one million Internet users and the security of our Internet domain, and the domains that these Internet users access, is our key priority. We are pleased to be working with Afilias on this important initiative and believe DNSSEC will benefit both our domain name owners and general consumers around the globe,” added Alicia Paz of Red de Desarrollo Sostenible Honduras.

Mr. Albert H. Daniels, TLD Administrator for NIC LC LLC of St. Lucia added, “Our country is among the list of Caribbean nations that has the highest Internet penetration within our population. Because the Web is a key part of our society and economy, it is critical that we embrace new technologies that can protect Internet consumers. We thank Afilias for their efforts in rolling out this technology for our domain.”

Afilias’ signing of these ccTLDs is part of its “Project Safeguard” initiative, bringing the number of secured TLDs on its registry platform to seven. Afilias’ Project Safeguard includes plans to rollout DNSSEC across its registry and DNS platforms and also incorporates an education and training program for Registrars to facilitate their adoption and implementation. Afilias will soon be enabling DNSSEC for the other TLDs that it supports, in total adding DNSSEC to 13 TLDs before the end of 2010.

About Afilias

Afilias is a global provider of Internet infrastructure services that connect people to their data. Afilias’ reliable, secure, scalable, and globally available technology supports a wide range of applications including Internet domain registry services, Managed DNS, and services in the RFID and supply chain market with its Afilias Discovery Services. For more information on Afilias please visit http://www.afilias.info.

Contact:

Maranda Woody

Afilias

Tel: +1-215-706-5777

Twitter: @Afilias

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15Feb/110

Afilias Secures .GI, .MN, and .SC Domains with DNSSEC

Afilias Secures .GI, .MN, and .SC Domains with DNSSEC













Dublin, Ireland (Vocus) November 18, 2010

Afilias, a global provider of Internet infrastructure services, today announced that it has enabled Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) for .GI, the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) for Gibraltar, .MN for Mongolia, and .SC for the Seychelles.

“This is another step forward in Afilias’ Project Safeguard rollout that is broadening DNSSEC deployment across our registry system,” said Ram Mohan, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Afilias. “With more than 50 TLDs having now deployed DNSSEC, we are pleased to enable our customers to benefit from our global leadership on DNSSEC and our supporting registry technology.”

“Gibraltar is pleased to be able to provide our country of Internet users and domain owners with the confidence of their domain security” said Jimmy Immosi, .GI Manager. “Deploying DNSSEC, along with our registry provider Afilias, will allow our domain to participate equally with world leaders on this important Internet security milestone.”

DNSSEC protects the DNS from cache poisoning exploits which can allow malicious entities to intercept an Internet users’ request to access a website, and redirect or eavesdrop on the user without their knowledge, and with no ability to reassert control. DNSSEC introduces digital signatures to the DNS infrastructure and ensures that DNS responses came from their authoritative source.

“Being an early adopter of the latest security technology is a significant opportunity for our country,” said Baasansuren Burmaa, Director, MN Domain Registry. “We are excited to be able to provide this benefit to Internet users from Mongolia and others around the world who have adopted a .MN Web address.”

Mr. Marc Houareau, Executive Chairman of VCS Pty Ltd, the managers of .SC TLD added, “.SC domains are used not just in the Seychelles, but around the globe as a meaningful and short Web address. Signing the .SC domain with DNSSEC allows us to play a key leadership role in evolution of the Internet.”

Afilias’ signing of these TLDs is part of its “Project Safeguard” initiative, bringing the number of secured TLDs on its registry platform to eleven. Afilias’ Project Safeguard includes the rollout of DNSSEC across its registry and DNS platforms and will incorporate an education and training program for Registrars to facilitate their adoption and implementation through 2011.

About Afilias

Afilias is a global provider of Internet infrastructure services that connect people to their data. Afilias’ reliable, secure, scalable, and globally available technology supports a wide range of applications including Internet domain registry services, Managed DNS, and services in the RFID and supply chain market with its Afilias Discovery Services. For more information on Afilias please visit http://www.afilias.info.

CONTACT:    Heather Read

Afilias

Tel: +1-215-706-5777

Email: hread(at)afilias(dot)info

Twitter: @Afilias

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7Feb/110

Afilias? Ram Mohan Named to IDG?s InfoWorld CTO 25 Awards for DNSSEC Leadership

Afilias’ Ram Mohan Named to IDG’s InfoWorld CTO 25 Awards for DNSSEC Leadership












Ram Mohan


Dublin, Ireland (Vocus) June 2, 2010

Today Afilias, a leading provider of Internet infrastructure services, announced that its Chief Technology Officer, Ram Mohan, has been named to IDG’s InfoWorld CTO 25 Awards for his work and innovation in deploying Domain Name Security Extensions (DNSSEC) in the Internet’s domain name system (DNS).

“We congratulate Ram on this prestigious and well deserved recognition of his technology leadership which has improved DNS security across the Internet,” said Hal Lubsen, CEO of Afilias. “The deployment of DNSSEC in our systems preceded a broader commitment to DNSSEC worldwide from other parts of the DNS ecosystem, including the Root zone operators, other domain registries, and major ISPs who are now deploying the technology to finally bring the security benefits of DNSSEC to end users.”

DNSSEC technology solves Internet security problems like the “Kaminsky bug” (also known as cache poisoning), a highly publicized critical flaw to the DNS which allows malicious third-parties to get control of the DNS communication channel between an end user and a Web site. DNSSEC is an Internet standard developed by the IETF over a decade ago that solves this vulnerability by attaching cryptographic signatures to each DNS query and response. However, large-scale DNSSEC implementation was stalled until .ORG, the Public Interest Registry began work on signing their top-level domain, with technical implementation carried out by Afilias (PIR’s technical services provider). Ram Mohan, CTO and Executive Vice President of Afilias, architected the deployment of DNSSEC for .ORG, one of the largest and most trusted domain name registries in the world, completing the signing of the top-level domain in June of 2009.

''This year's honorees reinvented untenable legacies, provided game-changing insight, and managed both their own teams and key organization stakeholders to make their businesses succeed through the use of technology. Our honorees did much more than implement technology well; they brought its use to a new level,'' said Galen Gruman, Executive Editor/News and Features, InfoWorld.

“I am honored to receive this award and to be supported by an incredible team at Afilias. I’d also like to thank everyone at .ORG for their vision and commitment to DNSSEC,” said Ram Mohan. “Much work has been done at the top of the DNS hierarchy, including ICANN, IANA and NTIA, to make DNSSEC a reality. Now is the time for the rest of the chain of trust, from registrars to application providers to enterprises, to embrace it and make DNS security a priority.”

About the InfoWorld CTO 25 Awards

Chief technology officers are often the unsung heroes of IT. They may drive new technology development for customer-facing and/or internal use. They may manage and improve the core technology that underpins the business operations. In any case, they translate the promise of technology into business benefit. Each year, the InfoWorld CTO 25 Awards honor senior IT executives who have demonstrated leadership within their companies and in the IT community.

Inclusion in the InfoWorld CTO 25 rankings does not imply endorsement of an organization’s products or services. Selection is based on the excellence and quality of the work environment, and not state or imply that your organization’s product or service is being honored. The full list of 2010 winners is available at: http://www.infoworld.com/t/leadership/the-best-ctos-2010-618

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps IT Decision Makers choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy for business impact at their organizations. InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at http://www.infoworld.com .

About International Data Group

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG’s online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG also publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries. IDG's media brands include CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG’s lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers. IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, Storage Networking World, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at http://www.idg.com .

About Afilias

Afilias is a global provider of Internet infrastructure services that connect people to their data. Afilias’ reliable, secure, scalable, and globally available technology supports a wide range of applications including Internet domain registry services, Managed DNS, and services in the RFID and supply chain market with its Afilias Discovery Services. For more information on Afilias please visit http://www.afilias.info .

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