[governance] IGP Workshop on DNSSEC

Robert Guerra lists at privaterra.info
Tue Jul 3 09:05:27 EDT 2007


I'm now a member of ICANN's security and stability Advisory committee  
(SSAC). SSAC has been doing a lot of work (and yes workshops)  on  
DNSEC and it might be good to have them on the workshop panel you  
proposal. If you are open to the proposal, then let me know so that I  
can sent your earlier note to the SSAC list..


Robert Guerra <rguerra at privaterra.ca>
Managing Director, Privaterra
Tel +1 416 893 0377

On 3-Jul-07, at 8:47 AM, Brenden N Kuerbis wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> Adding to the string of great workshop proposals submitted, here's  
> another. I've also posted it to the wiki.
> Best,
> Brenden
> --
> Brenden Kuerbis
> Internet Governance Project
> http://internetgovernance.org
> <proposal>
> Question 1: Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop  
> theme.
> DNSSEC: Securing a critical Internet resource
> The theme of this workshop is Internet governance and cyber security,
> and particularly DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC). The workshop will
> focus on the tensions and complementarities between global and
> national policy making, and the pursuit of global governance solutions
> to cyber security problems.  Powerful national governments can often
> exert international influence over policy related to cyber security.
> However, the Internet is a global infrastructure and effective policy
> often requires a globally coordinated effort.
> DNSSEC is an IETF technical standard that could improve the security
> of the global DNS and reduce criminal or disruptive acts.  A critical
> step in deploying DNSSEC widely is the signing of the root zone file,
> a critical Internet resource. The procedure for signing the root, and
> more importantly, determining the authorities who control the digital
> signing of this critical Internet resource has yet to be decided.
> Arguably, current Internet governance institutions are unprepared for
> this cyber security challenge.  What kinds of institutions and
> coordination are needed to secure the root and ensure demand for
> DNSSEC services?  Are there specific and complimentary roles that
> governments, international organizations, non-governmental
> organizations, and the private sector can or should play?  This
> session brings together experts to address these questions.
> Question 2: Provide the Name of the Organizer(s) of the workshop and
> their Affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will
> take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including
> geographical diversity.
> Internet Governance Project (civil society/academic)
> TBD (private sector)
> TBD (government) [Government of Brazil has expressed interest in  
> workshop]
> Additional governmental and private sector organizations are being
> approached, however, it is too early to gauge level of commitment. Our
> choice of speakers and co-sponsors has been guided by stakeholder
> diversity.
> Question 3: Why do you think the proposed theme is important?
> Cyber security problems and the need for coordination between
> governments, the private sector and civil society in order to resolve
> them are at the forefront of issues confronting the Internet. This
> workshop provides an opportunity for encouraging broader understanding
> of DNS Security Extensions, including a technically informed
> discussion of the policy dimensions surrounding DNSSEC, DNS root
> signing, and its impact on the private sector, governments, and civil
> society.
> Question 4: Describe the workshop's conformity with the Tunis Agenda
> in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
> The deployment of DNSSEC is intended to improve the security of the
> Internet's Domain Name System.  The Tunis Agenda highlights "the
> importance of the security, continuity and stability of the Internet,
> and the need to protect the Internet and other ICT networks from
> threats and vulnerabilities." (45) Signatories "affirm the need for a
> common understanding of the issues of Internet security, and for
> further cooperation to facilitate outreach, the collection and
> dissemination of security-related information and exchange of good
> practice among all stakeholders on measures to combat security
> threats, at national and international levels." (45)
> Question 5: Provide the Name and Affiliation of the panellists you are
> planning to invite.
> We have yet to finalize our panelists for the workshop, but have
> initiated conversations with several individuals:
> Tricia Drakes, Chair ISOC-England; founder International Banking
> Information Systems; former ICANN Board member (invited, to be
> confirmed)
> Bernard Turcotte, President, Canadian Internet Registration Authority
> (invited, to be confirmed)
> Sabine Dolderer, former Director and member of the Executive Board at
> DENIC eG (invited, to be confirmed)
> Scott Rose, US Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards
> and Technology (NIST) (invited, to be confirmed)
> In addition, we anticipate contacting (or are already in the process)
> other individuals from the technical community including IETF, IANA,
> RIPE; private sector including financial services and information
> security sectors, ISPs; governments and IGOs; and civil society.
> Question 6: Describe the main actors in the field. Have you approached
> them and asked whether they would be willing to participate in
> proposed workshop?
> The United States government has been extremely active in the
> development of the DNSSEC standard, including participating in an IETF
> Working Group and the release by the US Department of Homeland
> Security of draft specifications for signing the root.  We have
> invited a representative from the National Institute of Standards and
> Technology (NIST).
> Representatives from some ccTLD organizations were consulted during
> the development of US-DHS specifications; however, several individuals
> affiliated with ccTLDs have expressed concern about DNSSEC and root
> signing at recent ICANN meetings.  We have invited these individuals.
> A critical piece in the successful deployment of DNSSEC is demand for
> secure DNS services. The financial services sector seems a likely
> candidate for these services. We have invited panelists familiar with
> the sector's initiatives.
> The Internet technical community is involved in developing the
> standard and is aware of the implementation issues and problems. We
> have invited several technical experts.
> Question 7: List similar events you have organized in the past.
> IGP has organized several symposia for policy makers and/or academics,
> including two very successful, well-attended workshops at the Athens
> IGF. Recently, the IGP organized a Symposium on Internet Governance
> and Security: Exploring Global and National Solutions and panel on DNS
> Security Extensions (DNSSEC) at the Swiss Embassy in Washington DC.
> <http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/ 
> 2007/6/28/3053616.html>
> Several recognized technical experts from the private sector, ICANN
> and the US government discussed the deployment of DNSSEC, and in
> particular the policy dimensions of digitally signing the Internet's
> root zone file. The audience of nearly 80 people included Department
> of Commerce officials, US government contractors, policy-makers,
> public-interest advocates and graduate students. The discussion
> highlighted major technical challenges facing DNSSEC deployment, and
> the effects of root signing on tld zone operators and the Internet's
> Domain Name System (DNS).
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