Deparment of Homeland Security DNSSEC: Securing the Domain Name System (DNS)

Dept. of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate

  • 21 pages
  • March 24, 2010


National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace

  • The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace (2003) recognized the DNS as a critical weakness
  • NSSC called for the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate public-private partnerships to encourage the adoption of improved security protocols, such as DNS –DNSSEC Deployment Coordination Initiative
  • The security and continued functioning of the Internet will be greatly influenced by the success or failure of implementing more secure and more robust BGP and DNS. The Nation has a vital interest in ensuring that this work proceeds. The government should play a role when private efforts break down due to a need for coordination or a lack of proper incentives.

DNSSEC Initiative Performers

  • Shinkuro, Washington, DC
  • Roadmap Development and Execution
  • International partner participation
  • Support Tool Development
  • Outreach –web presence
  • Sparta, Columbia, MD
  • Software Development –Servers, resolvers, applications
  • Internet Standards activities
  • NIST, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Measurement and Evaluation Tools
  • Government and Standards activities
  • Connections with GSA, FISMA, and OMB

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