The Canadian Internet Registration Authority deploys new anycast DNS service to help protect online businesses from cyber attacks
21 Oct, 2014, 08:42 ET
Made-in-Canada solution helps reduce the risk of DDoS attacks and improves website and web application performance in the Canadian market
TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - 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 that 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.
"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. "Our D-Zone solution will add an important option to IT managers' toolkit, allowing them to leverage CIRA's DNS expertise to help protect their online operations."
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.
This has led Webnames.ca, a leading Canadian domain name registration and hosting company to select CIRA's D-Zone solution 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. "We look forward to the reliability and performance of an anycast solution provided by CIRA, and feel there will be strong synergies given our mutual Canadian base of operations."
CIRA's D-Zone Anycast DNS solution has more nodes within Canada than any other anycast offering. Localizing DNS resolution to servers in Canadian IXPs also benefits companies by keeping Canadian traffic in Canada and reducing latency for DNS resolution to deliver web applications and services faster.
Organizations can visit cira.ca/d-zone for a free online trial to add D-Zone Anycast DNS to their cloud for testing and validation.
Best Practices for the External DNS
Arbour Special Report: Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report
D-Zone Anycast DNS product information page
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) manages the .CA top-level domain, Canada's online identifier, on behalf of all Canadians. A Member-driven organization, CIRA also facilitates the development of a better Internet for all Canadians, and represents the .CA registry internationally.
SOURCE: Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)
For further information: For interview requests: Ryan Saxby Hill, Communications Manager, CIRA, [email protected],613-361-2397
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