NiRA, through its special purpose vehicle, training Academy, is organizing a three-day training on Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). This training would bring together various stakeholders in the ICT Industry, to effectively deploy DNSSEC. Please see the training website


The Domain Name System (DNS) is the hierarchical naming system for all resources connected to the Internet or a private network, including websites, mail servers and application servers.

While the DNS is invaluable to the Internet community, it is not without vulnerability. It is the target of some of the internet’s most dangerous hacks. Attacks on the DNS can allow malicious entities intercept an internet user’s request to access a website, send e-mail, or transact with a domain. These attacks can also redirect or eavesdrop on the user without their knowledge. Organizations run the risk of losing multiple millions of naira in lost reputation, stolen transactions, recovery costs and more, if they are unable to reassert control. These vulnerabilities have increased interest in introducing a technology called DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) to secure this part of the Internet’s infrastructure.

DNSSEC introduces digital signatures into the DNS infrastructure and is designed to automatically ensure that users are not hijacked en-route and taken to an unintended destination. It is a technology that can be added to the Domain Name System to verify the authenticity of its data. Full deployment of DNSSEC will ensure the end user is connecting to the actual web site or other service corresponding to a particular domain name

This three-day workshop is organized under the auspices of NiRA Academy in collaboration with Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC). NiRA Academy is established to build capacity in the DNS industry in Nigeria and other African countries. NSRC is a non-profit organization based at the University of Oregon and formed to support the deployment of Internet research and education networks. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) sponsors the activities of NSRC.

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