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Internet Domain Name Security Key Handed To UK Entrepreneur

Published July 28, 2010

The CEO of CommunityDNS, based at the UK's University of Bath SETsquared Innovation Centre, has been selected to safeguard one of seven keys to the Internet's Domain Name System in order to "restart the World Wide Web" in the event of a disaster.

DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) is a new system to help Internet users be assured they have reached the genuine website associated with a domain name, rather than a fraudster's copy of a site. Online fraud is a huge issue, with estimates that up to eight per cent of internet traffic is fraudulent; and DNSSEC marks a major step forward in increasing internet security.

Vinton Cerf, widely regarded as the "Father of the Internet" has compared the implementation of DNSSEC to the arrival of the World Wide Web in the 1990's in terms of important milestones in the evolution of the Internet.

Paul Kane has been selected as key holder for Western Europe, responsible for one of seven keys held by individuals worldwide who have been chosen as trusted community representatives. In the event of a calamity, such as a terrorist attack on the Domain Name System (DNS), Mr Kane will be transported to a secure location where he will be joined by five other key holders in order to recover the master signing key; with which the Domain Name System can be restored.

This video describes the process of generating the cryptographic keys used for signing the Internet's ROOT Zone

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