October 21, 2014
Today at SECTOR, Canada’s IT security conference, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) announced the launch of D-Zone Anycast DNS (D-Zone), a new service it says will help organizations reduce the impact of malicious attacks to their DNS (domain name system) infrastructure.
CIRA’s D-Zone is a secondary DNS service featuring two anycast clouds comprised of 22 nodes installed in a global network of Internet exchange points. The high performance, fault tolerance and reliability of the architecture helps to keep websites and other cloud applications continuously available on the Internet, the organization said
“DNS is a mission critical service and the impact of a DNS outage can be devastating to an organization,” said Dave Chiswell, vice president of product development at CIRA.
Attacks against a company’s DNS infrastructure can be costly and represent a pressing threat to organizations that do business online. According to a 2014 industry survey from Arbor Networks, one-third of respondents had faced a customer-impacting DDoS attack on their DNS infrastructure.
Webnames.ca, a Canadian domain name registration and hosting company, plans to select D-Zone for its forthcoming Premium DNS services, slated for launch in Q1 2015.
“DNS performance is critical to our business,” said Cybele Negris, co-founder & CEO of Webnames.ca.
Organizations can visit www.cira.ca/d-zone for a free online trial to add D-Zone Anycast DNS to their cloud for testing and validation.
Meanwhile, CloudMask, a Toronto-based cloud data security provider, called on government and regulators to be more explicit in their policy and legislation with respect to data privacy.
“Current data sovereignty policy is ambiguous, specifically, in its definition of private data. “Current policy does not provide a clear definition of what constitutes “private data,” said Wael Aggan, CloudMask CEO. “Data that can expose the identity of citizens contravenes their basic constitutional right for privacy, and needs to be kept secret. However, if we can anonymize the private data, in a way that does not identify the individual, then the citizen’s privacy rights are protected.”
The proliferation of organizations operating in the cloud in recent years has been an important development in IT, the company said, adding that the potential benefit of broad adoption by mainstream business promises significant positive macro economic benefits.
“However, security concerns and privacy have suppressed the broad deployment of cloud computing, specifically with large enterprise, healthcare and government organizations. The real key to unlocking cloud’s full potential is to clearly identify, define what is private data and under what circumstances it will be legally considered protected.”