Published February 3, 2011
Verisign has been chosen by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to operate the USA's domain name registry for the .gov and fed.us extensions.
Verisign will be providing domain name registration services and help desk services to federal, state and local bodies and will operate the authoritative .gov Domain Name System (DNS) servers. The company will also be assisting with the rollout of DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) on .gov and fed.us.
Verisign was chosen through an RFP process and was required to demonstrate the ability to design and operate a registry with the ability to scale, be immediately able to support both Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), support DNSSEC and offer a very high level of security and stability.
The company was founded in 1995 and manages two of the world's 13 Internet root servers, considered national IT assets by the U.S. Federal government. Verisign has $500 million invested in Project Titan, an initiative to enhance the Internet's core infrastructure capacity and improve on security systems. Project Titan will allow the company increase daily DNS query capacity on a massive scale, from 400 billion queries a day currently to 4 trillion queries a day.
Late last month, Verisign reported revenue of $179 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, an increase of 4% on the prior quarter and up 13% from the same quarter in 2009.
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