Institutions of higher education throughout the world have been key advocates of Internet technologies. The .EDU gTLD is signed, however, a recent survey of .EDU names shows that only about one percent are signed. While this is a greater than the Internet as a whole, it is far less than TLDs that are requiring or otherwise strongly advocating DNSSEC.
On the pedestrian side, colleges and universities present a microcosm of the Internet as a whole, replete with cyber attacks, some of which could prevented by a combination of DNSSEC signing and validation. On the academic side, DNSSEC adds to the authenticity of the academic work product.
If you teach at, work at, attend, or attended any of the following, congratulations — your school is signed:
We’re sorry if your school is signed and we missed it. Our survey was limited to the .EDU gTLD. We know that many schools outside of the US are under their countries’ academic second-level domains or directly under their countries’ ccTLDs. If your school isn’t signed, DNSSEC resources tailored to Higher Education are published by:
- EDUCAUSE, the nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology, manages the .EDU TLD and worked to get it signed. They have a collection of resources for their members and others throughout the Internet.
- Internet2, the advanced networking consortium led by the U.S. research and education community, is also supporting DNSSEC within its membership. They have a DNS SIG.
The DNSSEC Deployment Initiative is ready to help. Contact us at info @ dnssec-deployment.org to discuss DNSSEC presentations for conferences and meetings.