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Deploy360 18 December 2014

ICANN Seeking Volunteers For DNSSEC Root KSK Rollover Plan Design Team

Dan York
By Dan YorkDirector, Web Strategy & Project Lead, Open Standards Everywhere

ICANN.jpgDo you want to help ICANN plan the best was to roll the root key used for DNSSEC?  Are you interested in being considered as a volunteer member of ICANN’s Root KSK Rollover Plan Design Team?  Recently ICANN staff sent a message to the public dnssec-coord mailing list and other various mailing lists asking for volunteers.  The “Solicitation of Statement of Internet for Membership in the Root Zone Key Signing Key Rollover Plan Design Team” (say that 10 times fast!) begins:

ICANN, as the IANA functions operator, in cooperation with Verisign as the Root Zone Maintainer and the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) as the Root Zone Administrator, together known as the Root Zone Management (RZM) partners, seek to develop a plan for rolling the root zone keysigning key (KSK). The KSK is used to sign the root zone zone-signing key (ZSK), which in turn is used to DNSSEC-sign the Internet’s root zone. The Root Zone Partners are soliciting five to seven volunteers from the community to participate in a Design Team to develop the Root Zone KSK Rollover Plan (“The Plan”). These volunteers along with the RZM partners will form the Design Team to develop The Plan.

The document goes on to list the requirements and the process.  Essentially, if you meet the requirements you need to send a message with the requested information to ksk-rollover-soi@icann.org by the end of the day on Friday, January 16, 2015.  The Root Zone Management partners will then choose from among the applicants to form the Design Team.

We’ve written here before about how incredibly important it is to get the Root KSK Rollover right, and so we commend ICANN for going through this process to create an appropriate Design Team.  We would encourage people with operational knowledge of DNSSEC and DNS in general to definitely read over the document and consider applying!

P.S. And if you don’t know about DNSSEC, or want more information, please visit our Start Here page to find out how to begin!

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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