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ICANN Calls for Volunteers to Plan for Changing the Root Zone DNSSEC Algorithm

06-Nov-2022 | Source : The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) | Visits : 1775

LOS ANGELES - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is calling for volunteers to join a design team that will develop a plan for changing the cryptographic algorithm used for the Domain Name System (DNS) root key signing key and zone signing key, according to the official website of ICANN. 

Understanding how to safely change the algorithm is a proactive step that enables ICANN and the Internet community to realize benefits provided by newer algorithms. Responsible management of the DNS root zone is part of ICANN's mission to make the Internet more secure, resilient, and interoperable for its billions of users.

ICANN plans to convene a design team of experts who will help define the steps and timelines needed to realize the algorithm rollover. The team will provide a framework to help prepare the ICANN community and ICANN's global partners to be technically and operationally prepared for a future change in the signing algorithm.

Ideally, the design team will have experts with one or more of the following skills:

• Experience with Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) algorithm rollovers, particularly in top-level domains
• Experience in applied cryptography, particularly in the digital signature methods used in DNSSEC
• Experience in actively participating or leading groups that designate new cryptographic algorithms for public use
• Experience in DNSSEC software development for authoritative servers, validating resolvers, or both

This design team is expected to be composed of ICANN and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) staff, key stakeholders, and about six volunteer experts tasked with contributing to developing this framework. They will be expected to work for approximately three months, about five hours per week, and up to one month following the Public Comment period. There may be at least one in-person meeting if the group collectively decides that it is necessary.

IANA plans for the team to begin work in early January 2023. When the team's design is finished, it will be delivered to IANA, which will then conduct a request for Public Comments with the ICANN community. The design team will update the design based on the Public Comments received.

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