Zurich: New security server to protect the Internet
June 22, 2011 / Marco D'Alessandro
On 22 June 2011, at a meeting of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) in Singapore, the first of three new security servers for protecting the Internet was presented. The servers from Packet Clearing House (PCH) hold special cryptographic keys, which are required for the DNSSEC security protocol, which also protects the Internet addresses for Switzerland (.ch) and Liechtenstein (.li). The two other locations are in Zurich, where SWITCH will be bringing the server into operation in September 2011 and in San Jose (California).
Simon Leinen, network engineer at SWITCH is delighted that PCH has selected Zurich as a server location. "The decision in favour of Zurich is based on the excellent, longstanding cooperation between PCH and SWITCH. PCH has been running a number of the name servers responsible for .ch and .li throughout the world."
The three new security servers at the locations of Singapore, Zurich (still under construction) and San Jose (California) hold special cryptographic keys that are required for the DNSSEC security protocol. The project will allow smaller countries to protect their Top Level Domains with DNSSEC. Among the first participants are Tanzania, Uganda, Afghanistan and ten other countries. DNSSEC guarantees Internet users the authenticity of the websites they visit. DNSSEC is like a type of insurance that makes certain that Internet users are only shown the website they wish to call up.
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