It’s taken over 6 years, but the 100,000th .de domain name to be signed with DNSSEC was reached last week according to a statement from DENIC.
DENIC has been supporting the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) since 2011. For the first 4 years DNSSEC-signed .de domain names grew slowly, and then around May 2015 there was a sharp rise which has been followed by a steady increase to today’s 100,000. Even though less than 1% of the 16.2 million domain names for Germany’s country code top level domain (ccTLD) are digitally signed, the ongoing growth shows a growing interest in a secure Internet, to which DENIC is constantly committed.
DNSSEC is a security measure that ensures the authenticity and integrity of data in the DNS (Domain Name System). In particular, the security extension serves to protect the content data against modification on the transmission path.
A central component of this security mechanism is the so-called “trust anchor” of the DNS. This anchor that applies for the global DNS and falls within the responsibility of ICANN will be replaced with a new one for the first time on 11 October 2018.