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NIST, Commerce Complete Cybersecurity Initiative

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration and National Institute of Standards and Technology last week announced completion of an initiative with ICANN and VeriSign to strengthen cybersecurity.

The announcement marks full implementation of Domain Name System Security Extensions, which will help 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 healthcare,” said Lawrence E. Strickling, assistant secretary for communications and information and NTIA administrator. “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. Today’s action will help preserve that trust.”

NIST Director Patrick Gallagher said the adoption of DNSSEC at the root zone is “the linchpin to facilitating its deployment throughout the world and enabling the current domain-name system to evolve into a significant new trust infrastructure for the Internet.”

The Domain Name System is an important element of the Internet infrastructure. The DNS associates user-friendly domain names with the numeric network addresses required to deliver information on the Internet. The authenticity of the DNS data is crucial to Internet use as it ensures users reach their intended destinations on the Internet instead of their being redirected to malicious websites.

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