CIRA Announces 3 More ccTLD Partnerships With .NZ, .FI and .PL

In advance of the ICANN meeting currently underway in Montreal, Canada, the Canadian ccTLD registry CIRA announced 3 new partnerships with ccTLDs – with InternetNZ, Finland’s Traficom and Poland’s NASK. As ccTLDs find registration growth plateauing, although .ca is somewhat of an exception, there is a growth in some registries providing services to others with CIRA one of the leading providers.

The announcement prior to ICANN66 builds on a number of partnerships the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has announced in recent years, including a previous one with InternetNZ, as well as the Portuguese country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registry Associação DNS.PT, in 2017 to deliver Anycast DNS services. In another 2017 announcement CIRA said Uniregistry and SIDN, the .nl registry, had signed on to receive CIRA’s D-Zone DNS services.

“We are excited to partner with our fellow members of the ccTLD community,” said Mark Gaudet, business leader, cybersecurity products, CIRA. “ccTLD registries offer similar services in distinct regional markets. This creates a unique opportunity to collaborate through the exchange of technologies, platforms and best practices to ensure our users and customers have the best—and safest—internet experience possible.”

The first of the 3 new partnerships sees InternetNZ choose CIRA as its partner to roll out D-Zone DNS Firewall to its customers in New Zealand. Defenz DNS Firewall by InternetNZ will be offered to businesses through internet service providers (ISPs) and managed IT service providers. Defenz DNS Firewall will leverage the technology of D-Zone DNS Firewall to provide protection against malware and phishing attacks by blocking access to malicious websites.

“Our exploration of new products and services has enabled us to further develop our long-standing relationship with CIRA,” said David Morrison, commercial director, InternetNZ. “Partnering on Defenz DNS Firewall was a no brainer and we’re excited to offer this product in New Zealand to strengthen security and trust in the Internet.”

CIRA will also be partnering with the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom), who among its many roles acts as the registry for .fi, to provide its D-Zone Anycast DNS as a white label secondary DNS service to registrars to strengthen the resiliency of .fi domains. The service, called Traficom Anycast, leverages D-Zone Anycast DNS to help protect customers from DDoS attacks and increase the resilience of their networks.

Through our partnership with CIRA, we will be able to strengthen the internet infrastructure in Finland by offering anycast DNS to our .fi registrars,” said Juhani Juselius, chief specialist, Traficom.

The third partnership sees NASK, the registry for Poland’s ccTLD .pl, choose CIRA’s D-Zone Anycast DNS as its secondary DNS provider to strengthen its global DNS footprint. The announcement follows another in mid-October where nic.at’s RcodeZero DNS service will supply Anycast technology to .pl. This means that nic.at infrastructure provides supplementary hosting and security to the seventh biggest ccTLD in the EU with over 2.5 million domains.

“We chose CIRA due to its global reputation, robust infrastructure, and commitment to strengthening the ccTLD community,” said Waldemar Lisek, business development manager, NASK. “We are confident that D-Zone Anycast DNS is the right choice to strengthen our DNS footprint.”