.CO Registry Announces Deployment of DNSSEC for a More Secure Internet

02 MARCH 2011, MIAMI, FL
Summary
.CO Internet S.A.S. (www.COinternet.co), the registry operator for the .CO domain, announced today that it has completed deployment of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) into the Internet root zone. In doing so, .CO joins a select group of registry operators leading the charge in the implementation of a suite of new security features that will help create a more secure Internet.
.CO Internet S.A.S. (www.COinternet.co), the registry operator for the .CO domain, announced today that it has completed deployment of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) into the Internet root zone. In doing so, .CO joins a select group of registry operators leading the charge in the implementation of a suite of new security features that will help create a more secure Internet. 

 

DNSSEC is a set of specifications for securing certain kinds of information provided by the Domain Name System (DNS) that is designed to protect the Internet from specific types of attacks, such as DNS cache poisoning, which can lead to cyber-crimes such as identity theft.  With full end-to-end deployment, it will eventually allow Internet users to know with certainty that they have been directed to the precise website they intended to reach.

“We’re proud to be announcing the successful implementation of DNSSEC today,” said Nicolai Bezsonoff, COO of .CO Internet. “.CO is one of the fastest growing domain extensions in the world, and registrants and end users can rest assured that we are committed to providing the highest level of Internet security – both now and into the future.”

The smooth implementation of DNSSEC follows several months of careful planning and a successful test phase in January 2011.  A strong partnership with Neustar, Inc., the .CO Registry’s technology services partner, was a critical success factor.

“By implementing DNSSEC so soon after the launch of .CO as a global domain, the .CO Registry has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring the security and integrity of the .CO name space, said Tim Switzer, Vice President of Domain Name Registry Services at Neustar.  “We look forward to continuing to support the .CO Registry as it plays an increasingly active role in addressing the security challenges of the 21st century -- and in helping to develop the policies, standards and practices that govern the global Internet.”

About .CO Internet S.A.S.
CO Internet S.A.S. is the Registry Operator for the .CO top-level domain.  The .CO domain offers individuals, organizations and businesses a truly global, recognizable and credible web address for branding their online presence. Thanks to leading-edge technology, enhanced security and unprecedented rights protections, the .CO domain is poised to become the premier web address. .  For more information about the .CO Registry, please visit www.COinternet.co and www.Opportunity.co -- or follow us on Twitter @dotCO.

Quotes
"We’re proud to be announcing the successful implementation of DNSSEC today. .CO is one of the fastest growing domain extensions in the world, and registrants and end users can rest assured that we are committed to providing the highest level of Internet security – both now and into the future." Nicolai Bezsonoff, COO
About .CO

.CO is the domain name of choice for innovators and entrepreneurs all over the world. Since launching in 2010, more than 1.6 million .CO domains have been registered by people and companies in more than 200 countries. From startups and small businesses to big brands and multinational corporations, .CO is where big ideas belong on the Web. For more information about .CO, please visit www.go.co or follow us on Twitter @dotCO.

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