The deployment of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) was announced on Friday, an initiative created to enhance the security and stability of the Internet.
DNSSEC was a collaborative effort among the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and VeriSign and will attempt to protect Internet users against cache poisoning and other related cyber attacks.
“The Internet plays an increasingly vital role in daily life, from helping businesses expand to improving education and health care,“ said Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling. “The growth of the Internet is due in part to the trust of its users ““ trust, for example, that when they type a website address, they will be directed to their intended website.”
The deployment of DNSSEC will help preserve Internet security and build a safer online environment for users by ensuring that the Internet’s domain-name system’s vulnerabilities are detected and mitigated before users reach certain attacks.
“While deployment of DNSSEC will protect Internet users from certain DNS-related cyber attacks, users must continue to exercise vigilance in protecting their information online,” according to a statement by the Department of Commerce.