Surf's Up According to Cerf

You have to respect someone who takes ownership for their mistakes, and Vint Cerf (Google) has never be one to dodge the question of why we didn't plan for more IPv4 address space. Cerf said, "My only defense is that decision was made in 1977, at a time when it was uncertain if the Internet would work," at the Internetdagarna conference this week in Stockholm. Vint has been providing a steady drum beat for the upgrade to Ipv6. But he seems to have added another effort to the cause, migration to DNSSEC.

The Internet has long operated on the open trust of DNS but Dan Kaminsky's Black Hat 2008 presentation about how vulnerable our current DNS system really is has lead to a lot more awareness about DNS vulnerabilities like cache poisoning. DNSSEC seems to be the lead option for upgrading our DNS infrastructure's security. .GOV's made the commitment to move to DNSSEC in January 2009. That's good news for DNSSEC solutions like Secure64 who I've worked with through my Converging Network LLC business.

Is the .GOV move the tipping point that will cause DNSSEC deployments to flow downstream to others in the Internet? It certainly causes significant momentum. We'll have to watch to see how the momentum increases in the adoption of DNSSEC. Vint's endorsement certainly bodes well for DNSSEC. Now that he's at Google, does that mean we'll be seeing DNSSEC momentum by Google? Now, that could be really interesting.

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