September 7, 2017
Internet set to go through major surgery in October
Source: New Business Ethiopia (nBE)
With the aim of making the Internet more secure and protect from hackers, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is set to make a major key change on how the Internet works.
The company is planning to change the “top” pair of cryptographic keys used in the Domain Name Systems Security Extensions (DNSSEC) protocol, commonly known as the Root Zone KSK (Key Signing Key) in October.
DNNSEC is highly recommended by ICANN to ensure the security of the domain name system and to prevent a domain hijacking. “However, its implementation is on a voluntary basis. Therefore, only websites that have implemented DNNSEC can be considered completely safe from domain hijacking. ICANN is calling upon website operators to switch-on DNNSEC and for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and network operators to support DNNSEC and to be prepared for the KSK rollover,” according to Pierre Dandjinou, ICANN’s Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for the Africa region. Read more …