[AfrICANN-discuss] African TLD registries yet to deploy DNSSEC

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Thu Feb 3 12:29:28 SAST 2011

African TLD registries yet to deploy DNSSEC

By Rebecca Wanjiku, Computerworld Kenya
2 Feb, 2011

Lack of political willingness and weak management of country code top-level
domains has led to slow implementation of DNS Security Extensions in Africa.

Africa was expected to extensively implement DNSSEC because it had no legacy
registry systems, the few operational registries were manual and it was
expected that DNSSEC would be implemented after the automation process.

DNSSEC provides a set of new extensions to the DNS, protecting the Internet
from distributed denial of service attacks, DNS cache poisoning and
sabotage. DNSSEC uses digital signatures allowing the users to determine
whether the information has been altered in anyway.

DNSSEC implementation formally began in July last year, at a ceremony known
as "signing of the root zone." Root signing signaled the beginning of IPv6,
DNSSEC implementation and use of internationalized domain names.

"Of the 67 TLD zones that are signed today, only two African countries are
listed (.NA and .SC); this is bad, but if we look at the state of our DNS
(ccTLD) landscape in the region the situation is not that surprising --
there is still a lot to do to reinforce our ccTLD infrastructure with a
proper management," said Adiel Akplogan, CEO of AfriNIC, the organization
tasked with managing IP resources in the region.

For DNSSEC to be implemented, countries argue that there must be demand,
which is created by a vibrant e-commerce industry and online banking. This
online vibrancy is missing in many African countries.

"For DNSSEC deployment to be successful, demand must be created. The push
for its implementation by end-users can only come if users are aware of what
DNSSEC has to offer as far as security and resilience of internet is
concerned," said Joe Kiragu, administrative manager at KENIC, the .Ke

The role of government in managing Internet resources has been subject to
debate with some countries questioning the role of the U.S. government in
Internet governance. So, many TLDs in the region have had to consult with
governments before implementing any changes to the ccTLD registry.

"We have to appreciate potential political ramifications; we will raise the
matter with our government because the .ZA namespace is a national resource
over which our government bears some custodianship," added Vika.

The issue of training and raising awareness has been discussed before, with
some arguing that political will is needed more than the training while
others hold that the problem with the continent is lack of skills and that
is why policy making and appreciation of e-commerce is yet to take root.

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