African TLDs, ISPs implement DNSSEC to attract more users

The move is meant to increase Internet use by ensuring better security

By , IDG News Service |  Internet

"The biggest consumers of domain name services are corporations, if these corporate network managers have no sufficient information or knowledge of how DNSSEC can protect them, they will put zero pressure on service providers to implement it. The reality is that awareness and communication toward corporate network has been very low in our region," said Adiel Akplogan, AFRINIC CEO.

The TLDs in the region have not been stable, with many of then stymied by manual operations, but AFRINIC has been engaging them and exploring ways to support them more, especially in training and understanding DNSSEC and encryption.

"People are generally a bit worried and hesitant about anything that involves encryptions and the rigorous process in our region. DNSSEC by itself is not a complex technology but it requires well defined processes and strict management of its operation," Akplogan said.

Globally, Google offers the largest public DNS services on DNSSEC while in Africa, AFRINIC provides members (IP address allottees) with DNSSEC public DNS services, and members can now upload their information on the member portal, indicating whether they have implemented DNSSEC or the stage they are at.

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