Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), managers of Nigeria’s country code Top Level Domain, .ng has announced that it will hold a 3-day Workshop on Domain Name System Security Extensions, otherwise known as DNSSEC in collaboration with Internet Corporation for Assigned names and Numbers. The event which is tagged DNSSEC Roadshow is scheduled for Wednesday 26thto Friday, 28th June, 2013, at the Digital Bridge Institute, Cappa, Oshodi , Lagos (formerly NITEL Training School).
As revealed in a document recently released to the Press, the President of NIRA, Mrs. Mary Uduma, noted that the 3-day Workshop is an initiative of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organisation that coordinates the unique identifiers (IP addresses and the Domain Name System – DNS) across the world, without which there would not be one global Internet.
She further emphasized that the DNSSEC Roadshow is one of the African-ICANN Strategy unveiled at the Toronto ICANN 45th International Public Meeting by the New ICANN President/CEO Mr. Fadi Chehade, as well as the fulfilment of his promise to the Honourable Minister of Communications Technology during the WSIS +10 in Geneva held in May 2013.
Speaking also on the same event, the Chief Operating Officer of NIRA, Opeoluwa Odusan, pointed out that the Domain Name System is a critical and fundamental infrastructure for Internet service, while reiterating that the DNSSEC Roadshow is aimed at promoting the adoption of DNSSEC which integrates security to the Domain Name System, generally, and in this instance, with specific focus on the .ng Registry. He expressed the hope that as the DNSSEC train berths in Lagos, Nigeria, the commitment towards ensuring a much more secure .ng domain name string would receive a big boost. This, he said, will be a milestone, heralding a much safer .ng DNS as the internet community in Nigeria throws its weight at the adoption of DNSSEC, and a more secure internet, by extension.
The COO also noted that the 3-day Workshop is designed to sensitize all stakeholders, key players in the sector and the general public on the need to adopt a secure service in consonance with the objective of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), and in tune with the respective mandates of the collaborating Organisations.
Throwing further light on the 3-day training, the NIRA President, Mrs.Uduma, opined that the event which will be in two parts comprises of the following:
1- An awareness part meant to engage the local community and raise local interest in DNSSEC adoption.; and we expect to reach decision makers across industries (Registrants, Registrars, ISPs, the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of
Government, and Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERT)/Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRT),
2- DNSSEC hands-on for techies which is designed to teach the protocol and its deployment, with a focus on the issues raised by a recent survey conducted by NIRA.
The agenda for the 3-day DNSSEC training as announced shall include the following:
DAY 1, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013: SENSITIZATION OF ALL STAKEHOLDERS
TIME: 12.30 – 5.00 PM
DAY 2, THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2013: HANDS-ON TECHNICAL TRAINING ON DNSSEC
TIME: 9.00 – 5.00 PM
DAY 3, FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013: HANDS-ON TECHNICAL TRAINING ON DNSSEC
TIME: 9.00 – 5.00 PM
Odusan listed expected participants at the workshop to include MDAs, ISPs, Telcos, Registrars of NIRA, Financial Institutions, Institutions of Learning, and the print and electronic media. He emphasized the fact that participants for the second part of the DNSSEC training commencing at 9.00 AM from Thursday, 27th to Friday, 28th June, 2013, are required to come with their laptops that are WiFi enabled, and preferably have some exposure to Linux/Unix command line operations.
Amongst other benefits, the organisers of the event said the Workshop will also serve as a platform for networking as there would be discussion sessions to enable stakeholders share their individual and collective thoughts and experiences on the implementation of DNSSEC and internet security, in general.
It was re-emphasized that participation at the DNSSEC Workshop which holds from Wednesday, June 26 through Friday, June 28 at the Digital Bridge Institute, Cappa- Oshodi, Lagos, is free.