CIRA wants Canadian website owners to help improve .ca security

Canadian domain registrars should take action to implement a secure domain layer in order to help web surfers avoid phishing attacks and other fraud, says the Canadian Internet Registration Authority.

The non-profit organization that manages the top-level, country code domain for Canada announced today that it has implemented DNSSEC technology to ensure secure communication through its domain name system. The layer provides authentication between the user and the server to ensure a web visitor lands on the page they expected to find.

The technology will help protect against specific attacks that see business’ reputation hi-jacked in order to spread malware and commit fraud. For example, DNS spoofing involves a hacker redirecting a URL from a legitimate page to a malicious website. Or a DNS hijacking attack could see a hacker modify DNS information to gain control of the DNS information for that domain.

Toronto-based easyDNS is among the first domain registrars to enable the DNSSEC technology. In a CIRA statement, CEO Mark Jeftovic says he did so to provide clients with more reason to trust the dot-ca domain as a secure choice.

In CIRA’s own words, here’s what DNSSEC provides domain owners:

  • Reliability: Help ensure that what you are presenting to the online world on your .CA has not been tampered or compromised at the DNS level.
  • Seal of Quality: Enabling your .CA with DNSSEC is a clear sign that you take online security seriously.
  • Future proof: DNSSEC may soon become a compulsory security upgrade.

Now CIRA wants other registrars and dot-ca holders to take action and activate the new DNSSEC layer. It advises that you might want to do so now, because it might just be necessary in the future.
Click through on the link to find out more information.

Brian Jackson
Brian Jackson
Former editorial director of IT World Canada. Current research director at Info-Tech

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