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February 8, 2010

OpenDNSSEC project group rolls out open source software for internet security

Integrates domain name security extensions into already existing IT systems

By CBR Staff Writer

The OpenDNSSEC project group has released an open source software to enhance internet security of internet service providers, web hosting companies and name service operators.

OpenDNSSEC is developed by SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation), NLNetLabs, Nominet, Kirei, SURFnet, SIDN and John Dickinson.

OpenDNSSEC will integrate domain name security extensions (DNSSEC) into already existing IT systems without the need for organisations to change their infrastructure. DNSSEC secures the information used to translate domain names to computer addresses by adding to it a cryptographic signature created by a securely held key. When the information is retrieved as a result of a DNS query, the signature is also returned.

OpenDNSSEC software, available under the BSD licence, simplifies the process of creating and managing the DNSSEC signatures. It can be downloaded and installed on existing systems, and provides a secure DNS service.

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Lesley Cowley, CEO at Nominet, said: OpenDNSSEC ensures that the domain name system is not tampered with, and that internet users are directed to a preferred web site without intervention. This piece of software provides an extra layer of security to the DNS. The collaboration in evidence, shows that the internet community is committed to forging a safer, more trusted internet for all.

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