DNSSEC: Securing a Critical Internet Resource

14 November 2007 - A Workshop on Critical Internet Resources in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


This workshop considers DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC), the tensions and complementarities between global and national policy making, and the pursuit of Internet governance solutions to cyber security problems which impact all Internet users.

DNSSEC is an IETF technical standard that could improve the security of the global DNS and reduce criminal or disruptive acts. A critical step in deploying DNSSEC widely is the signing of the root zone file. The procedure for signing the root, and more importantly, determining the authorities who control the digital signing of this critical Internet resource has yet to be decided.

What kinds of institutions, processes, and coordination are needed to secure the root and ensure demand for DNSSEC enabled services? Are there specific and complementary roles that governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector can or should play?


Co-sponsored by the Internet Governance Project (IGP), O Comitê Gestor da Internet no Brasil (CGI.br), and European Internet Services Providers Association (EuroISPA)

Moderated by IGP’s Brenden Kuerbis, panelists include:

Lesley Cowley, Chief Executive, Nominet UK, Council Member of the Country-Code Names Supporting Organisation (ccNSO)
Tricia Drakes, Information Technologist, Chair ITC Information Security Panel, former ICANN Board member
Sabine Dolderer, CEO, DENIC eG
Malcolm Hutty, Representative Member, RIPE (Réseaux IP Européens)
Carlos Afonso, CGI.br (O Comitê Gestor da Internet no Brasil)
David Conrad, Vice President of Research and IANA Strategy, ICANN

Aditional Information

Attendees will be able to pose questions or participate in the discussion either in person or online using Elluminate. Your computer will need speakers and/or a microphone in order to participate. If this is the first time you will be using Elluminate, you will need to download Java-based client software (around 5 minutes) by visiting the event page and clicking the "Join meeting online" link. Once setup is complete, you will then be redirected to the meeting.c