The Peterborough County-City Health Unit protects patient data and online services with new cybersecurity solution from .CA

Secondary Anycast DNS solution helps protect network from DDoS attacks and improves performance of web applications and services

PETERBOROUGH, ON, Oct. 20, 2015 /CNW/ - The Peterborough County-City Health Unit has deployed the .CA D-Zone Anycast service from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority to help protect their DNS from cyberattack and improve performance of their network for local web users. This deployment adds resiliency and security to the online systems that communicate critical public health alerts and transfer confidential information.

Key facts

  • The Peterborough County-City Health Unit takes the protection and security of online operations and patient data seriously and has invested in D-Zone as a powerful new tool to mitigate one of the threats the organization faces - offshore DDoS attacks.
  • DNS security is an important component of an overall cybersecurity strategy. With an active website delivering critical health alerts and public health information, as well as email and other web-based applications that connect staff during times of emergency or outbreak, it is critical that the health authority strive to stay at the very leading-edge of Internet security.
  • As the most comprehensive Canadian DNS solution on the market, .CA D-Zone Anycast DNS provides an expansive Canadian footprint of servers that helps to keep Canadian data inside Canada.
  • CIRA analyzed over 300 hospitals and healthcare institutions across Canada and found that 91% are not taking the necessary steps to protect their DNS from outages caused by either a network failure or a malicious hacker attack.

Executive quotes:

"Digital services and electronic record keeping represent an important opportunity for Canada's healthcare system. As more information and data is transferred and stored online, healthcare organizations need solutions with the security and reliability to keep their operations current. Our .CA D-Zone Anycast solution is perfectly suited for organizations such as the Peterborough County-City Health Unit with pressing cybersecurity needs and uniquely Canadian footprints.

-  Dave Chiswell, vice president of product development for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority

 "The D-Zone Anycast solution has already proven its value to us by enabling our small health unit to access top-notch cybersecurity protection, creating peace of mind for us, our health partners and most importantly, our residents."

- Brittany Cadence, communications manager, Peterborough County-City Health Unit

Additional resources

About The Peterborough County-City Health Unit

Public health is shaped by our social, economic and physical environments, as well as by our personal choices.  Through community programs and by developing better health policies, the Peterborough County-City Health Unit works to improve the living conditions of those in need for the benefit of all.  We serve residents throughout the City and County of Peterborough and offer a wide range of programs and services ranging from healthy eating workshops, poverty reduction initiatives, and oral health clinics to controlling infectious disease outbreaks , water safety and sexual health clinic services.

About CIRA and .CA

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) manages the .CA top-level domain on behalf of all Canadians. A Member-driven organization, CIRA also develops and implements policies that support Canada's Internet community, and represents the .CA registry internationally.


SOURCE Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

For further information: or interview requests: Ryan Saxby Hill, Communications manager, CIRA,, 613-316-2397


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