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What’s In A Name? Homeland Security Develops Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC)

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December 7, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire, Responses
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At the advent of the Internet thirty years ago, the brand new Domain Name System (DNS) (which translated website names like science.com into a network address like 1.2.1.1 was trusted by everyone. Today, hackers take advantage of our long-standing trust in DNS and work to trick the system by stealing information and redirecting data every day.

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is working to restore trust in the system and make websites more secure and reliable by improving the DNS. Last October, during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Internet safety was discussed as a shared responsibility.

DHS’s role in this effort is S&Ts Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) project, which received the National Cybersecurity Innovation Award at the Sans Institute’s Second Annual National Cybersecurity Innovation Conference for innovation in promoting research that “pays off” by focusing on work that can result in real products and real risk reduction.

via Newswise, continued here.