Three registrars, Go Daddy, DynDNS.com and NamesBeyond now all support Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) for .ORG domain names. That means all their .ORG domain name holders get an extra layer of security included for no cost.
.ORG, The Public Interest Registry (PIR) had already announced they offer full DNSSEC deployment. That announcement was made at ICANN Brussels almost a month ago, on June 23.
Now that these three registrars support DNSSEC and the associated additional security protection, their .ORG website owners can sign their domain name with DNSSEC validation keys.
The benefit for webmasters registering .ORG sites is the additional ability to prevent attacks like pharming, cache poisoning, DNS redirection and domain hijacking. All four of these things have been used from time to time to commit fraud, distribute malware, or to undertake identity theft.
DNSSEC has the additional benefit that it protects Internet resolvers from forged DNS data.
Alexa Raad, CEO of .ORG thinks the adoption of DNSSEC by these registrars helps improve security and takes DNSSEC to the next level. In fact, the support of the registrars vital in the effort to encourage widespread adoption of DNSSEC.
“Having the support of Go Daddy, DynDNS.com and NamesBeyond will take widespread DNSSEC adoption to the next level. Each of these registrars provide a critical link to ensure that .ORG domain owners can sign their domains and upgrade their security and stability.” – Alexa Raad, CEO of .ORG, The Public Interest Registry.
Last month, The Public Interest Registry announced that the enabling of signing for second level domains. That was the final step in the two-year process, to put .ORG in the driver’s seat of Domain Name System Security Extensions deployment.
NamesBeyond CEO Uma Murali, commenting on weaknesses in DNS, said “DNSSEC is an important step in reducing vulnerabilities in the Domain Name System. .ORG domain name owners who want to apply DNSSEC security to their domain names can now do so with NamesBeyond.”
DynDNS.com was an early advocate and adopter of DNSSEC. Jeremy Hitchcock, DynDNS.com CEO, said “We are happy to push along adoption and educate users about the many benefits. … our users continue to demand security and protection… On our consumer brand DynDNS.com, we are a DNSSEC capable registrar and also provide key management and rollover services on our enterprise brand, the Dynect Platform.”
Go Daddy praised .ORG for being the first gTLD to offer customers the added security. Go Daddy President and COO, Warren Adelman said, “DNSSEC is an important step toward making the Internet infrastructure more secure. Go Daddy supports DNSSEC for our customers and applauds PIR for being the first gTLD to offer it.”
The Domain Name System Security Extensions coalition also met with google. See thae release at The Public Interest Registry website: www.pir.org.