"I think the .com signing is a really important event," Beckett says. "I think it's going to create a much bigger market for products and services that make DNSSEC easier. You can see from our statistics that deploying DNSSEC hasn't been the easiest thing. I think you'll see more and more companies like ours that offer products and services that take the pain out of DNSSEC."
The types of DNS attacks that DNSSEC would eliminate are widespread. More than half of IT decision makers report being victims of DNS-based attacks during the last two years, according to a July 2010 survey by Forrester Research. Among the most common forms of DNS attacks are man-in-the-middle attacks and DNS cache poisoning - both of which could be eliminated by DNSSEC.
The U.S. government isn't the only sector dragging its feet on DNSSEC deployment. Only 11% of the nearly 300 IT decision makers surveyed by Forrester Research had adopted DNSSEC, and these IT decision makers represented financial services firms, ISPs, content providers, e-commerce sites and public-sector organizations.
"DNSSEC is not widely known or deployed, but the majority of those who know DNSSEC plan to adopt," the Forrester Research survey said.
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