The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), represented by the Saudi Network Information Centre (SaudiNIC), recently hosted a workshop on the domain name system security extension (DNSSEC) in Riyadh in coordination with the Middle East network operators group (MENOG) and RIPE NCC. The event was aimed at raising awareness and promoting the adoption of DNSSEC within national networks in the Kingdom.
The workshop highlighted DNSSEC’s role as a complete set of technical specifications, designed particularly to secure and protect information provided by the Domain Name System (DNS), which uses the IP system. The workshop provided participants with an overview on the benefits and advantages of adopting DNSSEC and how to activate it for both authoritative DNS servers and DNS resolvers. Those who took part also gained knowledge about managing DNSSEC encryption keys and enabling DNSSEC in the root servers, while identifying the latest trends in DNSSEC at all national, regional and international technical levels.
Dr. Ibrahim Al-Freih, GM of internet services, Communications and Information Technology Commission, said: “The importance of the workshop stems from the pivotal role played by the DNSSEC based on the public-key cryptography, in terms of enhancing security in the DNS and raising the level of verification of the source as well as the validity and reliability of information within the system, which contributes in the reduction of cyber-attacks, especially on authentication protocol data interception, also known by (man-in-the-middle)”.
“Our strategic partnership with CITC and the success of the workshop has enabled us to intensify our efforts in organizing similar trainings and awareness activities, yielding positive results in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which is taking early steps to transform into an integrated knowledge economy,” said Chafic Chaya, regional communications manager ME, RIPE NCC.