The Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit organization responsible for managing .org top-level domains (TLD), will announce today that it is adopting DNS security extensions called DNSSEC. Domain Name System Security Extensions is a set of extensions that helps domain name systems (DNS) verify the integrity and security of data.
There are over 7.5 million registered .org domain names, and .org will become the largest TLD to implement DNSSEC. Other DNSSEC users include country code domains for Sweden, Puerto Rico, Bulgaria, Brazil, and the Czech Republic. The United States is planning to deploy the extensions for the .gov domain this year.
“DNSSEC is a needed infrastructure upgrade,” says Alexa Raad, CEO of the Public Interest Registry (PIR). “It has passed the threshold of being a theoretical opportunity to being a practical necessity. The question then becomes: How do we make it work?”
PIR took over the management of .org TLD from VeriSign on January 1, 2003. Since then it has contracted the technical management of .org to Afilias, a registry responsible for .info, .asia and .mobi, among others.