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NUS hosts new DNSSEC cyber security facility in Singapore

24 June 2011



COLLABORATION: (From left) Mr Lim Choon Sai, IDA'S Director (Internet Resource Management); Mr Tommy Hor, Director of NUS Computer Centre; Mr Bill Woodcock, PCH Research Director and Mr Jeff Moss, ICANN's Vice-President and Chief Security Officer.

On 22 June 2011, Packet Clearing House (PCH), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and NUS announced the launch of one of three hardened facilities (located in Singapore; Zurich, Switzerland; and San Jose, California) that will bring added security to Internet users around the world. This first facility, housed at NUS Computer Centre, will provide cryptographic security using the Domain Name System Security (DNSSEC) protocol.

Since its standardisation by the Internet Engineering Task Force, the DNSSEC protocol has been adopted by many top-level domains (TLDs) such as .com and .net, to form a secure chain of trust within the Internet's domain name system.

DNSSEC guards against the cyber threat of counterfeit websites that look like the original but capture users' private information. PCH's DNSSEC facilities allow countries to immediately gain the benefits of DNSSEC protection for their country code TLDs without needing to build and maintain their own million-dollar security facilities. This new DNSSEC facility in Singapore and the two others like it are part of a comprehensive drive spearheaded by ICANN to adopt the DNSSEC protocol.

Mr Leong Keng Thai, Deputy Chief Executive and Director-General of Telecoms & Post, IDA, said: "We are honoured that PCH, with the support of ICANN, has decided to host the Asia node of the DNSSEC platform here in Singapore. The facility will assist other countries to secure their DNS, and its location here further affirms Singapore as a secure and trusted hub."

Director of NUS Computer Centre Mr Tommy Hor said: "NUS, which is the birthplace of Internet services in Singapore, is proud to be part of the trans-national, multi-agency effort behind this critical cyber infrastructure. By hosting the DNSSEC facility on campus, NUS will contribute our expertise and work closely with our partners in ensuring a better, more trustworthy and productive Internet infrastructure for users in Singapore, the region and beyond."



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