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CIRA Adds .CL and .SG As Clients of Their D-Zone Anycast DNS Service

CIRA announced Monday it has added 2 new ccTLD partners for its D-Zone Anycast DNS service – Singapore (.sg) and Chile (.cl), taking to 10 ccTLDs that use the service, as well as adding 2 new global nodes in Brazil and Japan – as the company best known as the manager of the Canadian ccTLD .ca continues  to spread its wings.

The addition of Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC), the country code top level domain manager for .sg and NIC Chile, who manages .cl, adds 180,000 and 570,000 domain names under management respectively to its service.

CIRA now has 25 nodes across the globe providing a robust network that powers D-Zone Anycast DNS for their ccTLD customers which answers approximately 180 million DNS queries per day for its TLD customers to help provide greater resiliency to their networks.

The 10 ccTLDs that now use CIRA’s D-Zone Anycast DNS are .cl, .cr (Costa Rica), .dk (Denmark), .nl (Netherlands), .nu (Niue), .nz (New Zealand), .pt (Portugal), .se (Sweden), .sg and of course Canada’s .ca. D-Zone Anycast DNS answers queries for nine percent of all global ccTLDs domain names.

DNS Anycast technology deploys identical DNS servers in different locations often in different countries. It means that when a node is taken offline, due to maintenance or for nefarious reasons, the end user doesn’t notice and DNS services continue. During a cyberattack, with nodes deployed around the world one node can bear the brunt of an attack leaving others unscathed. For businesses, DNS Anycast services can be deployed to improve performance of websites and load times for web pages. With multiple nodes, the customer is closer to a node and performance improved.

“We were looking for DNS partner with a global reputation and solid infrastructure. We found that partner in CIRA and look forward to a productive relationship,” said Queh Ser Pheng, General Manager of SGNIC.

“CIRA’s global reputation in the ccTLD community provided us with the confidence that we could trust them with our DNS. Our customers demand the highest standards of uptime and security and D-Zone Anycast DNS helps us deliver that,” said Eduardo Mercader Orta, Director of Operations, NIC Chile.

“CIRA is proud to partner with ccTLDs to provide a stable, secure, high performance DNS. Starting with DNS, our relationships have expanded to be true partnerships that include collaboration and information sharing with our ccTLD peers around the globe,” said Mark Gaudet, DNS Program Manager, CIRA.

SGNIC Offering Premium .SG Domain Names for a Limited Period

Singapore Network Information Centre SGNIC logoFrom 1 to 31 January 2018, a selected group of Premium .sg Domain Names will be released for application at a base price ranging from S$642 to $21,400 (including GST). If the name has multiple applications, it will be allocated to the applicant with the highest bid.

To apply, see your SGNIC Accredited Registrars to apply now!

Details of the launch can be found in the following documents:
- Application Guidelines for Premium Domain Names
- List of Premium Domain Names for Application
- Milestones for Premium Domain Name Application

Have more questions? Check out the FAQ or email dnq@sgnic.sg.

SGNIC introduces DNSSEC capability for .SG domain names

Singapore Network Information Centre SGNIC logo[news release] The Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) has introduced the Domain Name System Security Extension (DNSSEC) as an optional, opt-in feature for .SG domain names. SGNIC encourages all .SG domain name registrants to enable the feature.

DNSSEC is a security feature which uses digital signatures to protect domain names from Domain Name System (DNS) spoofing attacks – i.e. attacks that redirect an Internet end-user to malicious sites rather than the intended site. It mitigates such spoofing attacks and complements other security protection mechanisms such as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates and two-factor authentications.

The DNSSEC security feature must be enabled by both .SG domain name owners and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) on their respective ends for it to work. To do so, .SG domain name owners must instruct their DNS hosting provider and domain name registrar to activate it. ISPs must also activate DNSSEC-recognition for their end-users. End-users will enjoy the same user experience, while having seamless protection.

“The Domain Name System is like the ‘phone book’ of the Internet, translating domain names to the right IP addresses of a website. DNSSEC protects the integrity of the information stored in the DNS and protect the owner of a domain name against spoofing of IP addresses. With the deployment of DNSSEC in the .SG zone, registrants who wish to provide their website visitors an additional layer of assurance can enable it on their respective .SG domain names. We encourage registrants to opt-in for DNSSEC to further secure their websites.” said Mr. Queh Ser Pheng, General Manager of SGNIC.

For more information on DNSSEC, please refer to the following link:
https://www.sgnic.sg/dnssec-faq.html

RegistryLock – An additional level of security added for protecting of .sg domain names

Singapore Network Information Centre SGNIC logoThe Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) will introduce a “RegistryLock” feature that aims to mitigate domain name hijacking risks.

RegistryLock is an easy-to-use self-service that adds an additional layer of security, and it is available round the clock and free of charge. This opt-in feature will be implemented as a six-month pilot run starting today, with a view to convert it into a permanent feature thereafter. All “.sg” domain names (i.e. domain names ending with .sg – e.g. com.sg, org.sg, net.sg, edu.sg, per.sg, gov.sg and .sg) can be protected with RegistryLock.

RegistryLock protects domain names from being hijacked to redirect to an attacker’s website or email system. This is done by requiring the domain name’s administrative contact1 to unlock the domain name before the DNS nameserver information can be changed by the registrar. This increases the level of security for the domain name.

To enable RegistryLock, the administrative contact is required to log in via the VerifiedID@SG and RegistryLock portal using their SingPass ID or SGNICID. The same process is required to deactivate RegistryLock for the relevant domain names.

SGNIC encourages registrants to take advantage of this feature to increase the level of protection for their domain names.

For more information on the RegistryLock pilot, please refer to the following link: http://registrylock.sgnic.sg/faq.html.

 


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About Singapore Network Information Centre Pte Ltd (SGNIC)

The mission of Singapore Network Information Centre Pte Ltd (SGNIC) is to provide Internet registry and information services in an efficient, effective and reliable manner to enhance the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet Domain
Name System (DNS) infrastructure in Singapore and to foster the integrity and growth of .SG domain names.  For more news and information, visit www.sgnic.sg

This SGNIC news release was sourced from:
https://www.sgnic.sg/registrylock-an-additional-level-of-security-added-for-protecting-of-.html

ICANN and SGNIC Conduct Workshop to Help Singapore Internet Community Combat DNS Abuse and Cybercrime

ICANN logo[news release] ICANN and the Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) convened today, with experts from Singapore government agencies and Internet service and solutions providers, to conduct a workshop on methods and strategies to investigate and handle Domain Name System (DNS) abuse.

The DNS translates domain names into IP addresses. This system ensures that anyone who enters a domain name or web address (e.g., www.icann.org) is directed to its corresponding site, defined by its IP address (192.0.34.163).

DNS abuse covers a wide range of activities. While no globally accepted definition exists, examples of DNS abuse include cybercrime and hacking. Another tactic is malicious registrations; whereby malicious actors register a domain name fraudulently for the express purpose of carrying out destructive acts such as distributing malware. Malicious actors also use shortened URLs – lengthy domain addresses that are compacted – to obfuscate a domain name and redirect unsuspecting users to malicious sites.

To help the Singapore Internet community better handle such abuses, ICANN and SGNIC organized a workshop to help them understand the different mitigation techniques against DNS abuse incidents.

Mr. Queh Ser Pheng, General Manager of SGNIC, noted that many industry practitioners may not be readily equipped with the techniques to detect and mitigate exploits on domain names. He said, “With pervasive Internet usage in Singapore and the growing cybersecurity threats, SGNIC hopes that this initiative will help to raise awareness of DNS abuse with service providers and professionals.”

Mr. Queh added, “We are delighted that ICANN and SGNIC are strategically aligned in our fight against DNS abuse, and we welcome this collaboration with ICANN.”

“As the coordinator of the Internet’s global DNS, ICANN‘s mission is to help preserve and enhance the stability, security and resiliency of the DNS by working with the global Internet community. Besides industry practitioners, we also work with law enforcement agencies to help equip them to conduct investigations into DNS abuse,” said Mr. Jia-Rong Low, Vice President and Managing Director for ICANN Asia Pacific. “The ICANN APAC hub office is in Singapore, and we are proud to be able to contribute to the community here.”

This ICANN news release was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2016-04-29-en

Premium .SG Domains Available

SGNIC logoDuring July SGNIC is releasing a number of premium domain names that eligible registrants can apply for at a base price ranging from S$642 to $21,400 (including GST).

Domains with multiple applications will be allocated to the applicant with the highest bid.

Eligible registrants can apply through SGNIC Accredited Registrars before 31 July.

Details of the launch can be found in the following documents:

CcTLD Updates: .au, .cr, .id, .nl, .ru, .sg

Following the 2010 Names Policy Panel, auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, has announced they will be implementing some of the Panel’s recommendations.

There are two main policy changes. One relates to domain monetisation in .com.au and .net.au, which sees the policy rules in effect “incorporated into the Domain Name Eligibility and Allocation Policy Rules for Open 2LDs at Schedules C (com.au) and E (net.au).”

The second relates to the little used .id.au 2LD, previously open only to individuals using their actual name or nickname. Now registrants will be able to register a domain name in the 2LD that relates to “a personal interest or hobby of the registrant.”

NIC Costa Rica announced that on 16 October 2012, the registries from Germany (.de), Brazil (.br) and Czech Republic (.cz) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NIC Costa Rica (.cr). In their announcement NIC Costa Rica notes “the agreements allows for mutually beneficial projects such as: promote the exchange of expertise, share best practices related to management, strategy and business models, work together on initiatives that can lead to more efficient processes among other projects.”

The registry for .id domain names (Indonesia) said there is a good chance the ccTLD will become the largest in south east Asia. According to a Tech In Asia report,  Indonesia’s 103,882 .id domains are still outnumbered by Singapore’s .sg and Malaysia’s .my domains, which have 144,591 and 206,663 registered domains respectively.” The ccTLD has seen a 62.5 percent increase in registration in 2012 with the registry, PANDI, forecasting a growth rate of up to 170 percent in 2013 which, if it happens, would mean there would be 300,000 more new .id domain names at the end of 2013.

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and SIDN have jointly written to ICANN on the subject of last resort redelegation. The move is linked to contingency arrangements that the ministry and SIDN made in the 2008 Covenant on Safeguarding the .nl Domain, with a view to ensuring the continuity and stability of the .nl domain under all circumstances. The letter informs ICANN about the Covenant and about the contingency arrangements made at the national level, in case a last resort redelegation should ever be necessary.

On 19 December, 2012, the Coordination Center for TLD RU/РФ hosted a press conference on the “Russian Domain Space 2012: the bottom line”. The press conference looked at the achievement os 2012 and emerging future trends.

Issues covered were the stability of Russia’s TLDs, .ru and .рф, the growth in registrations of both TLDs to go past a combined total of five million, the safety of the DNS and DNSSEC and Russian applications for new gTLDs.

And the Coordination Center for TLD RU also announced the Russian Domains stats portal now enables to compare the domain zones in a highly visual mode. Compare Data will prove useful for web analysts, media and other Internet community members as well as for the members of the domain industry.

The Singaporean registry, SGNIC, announced that from 2 January 2013, all new businesses and companies registered with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) via its BizFile system on or after 5 October 2012, will save at least S$30 for the first year of registration for their first .sg domain name (ending with “.com.sg” or “.sg”).

In another SGNIC announcement, from 1 to 31 January 2013, a selected group of Premium Domain Names (“PDNs”) will be released for application at a base price ranging from $642 to $21,400 (including GST). If the name has multiple applications, it will be allocated to the applicant with the highest bid.

.SG Premium Domain Names Available Soon

SGNIC logoSGNIC have announced the release of a limited number of premium .SG domain names, ranging in price from S$642 to $21,400. Where there is a domain name with multiple applications, the domain name will go to the applicant with the highest bid. The domains are available for application between 1 and 31 July.

The Premium domain names are names that are limited in quantity and command a higher value than non-premium domain names. They include:
(a) Single character domain names (“SCDNs”), i.e. a name which is made up of a single alphabet, with a Base Price of $20,000. For example, A, B, C, … X, Y, Z; and
(b) Numeric domain names (“NDNs”) i.e. a name which is made up of:
(i) All single digits. For example, 0, 1, 2 … 9.  These are classified as NDN (Platinum) with a Base Price of $20,000;
(ii) All 2 digits. For example, 00, … 99. These are classified as NDN (Golden) with a Base Price of $1,000;
(iii) All 3 and 4 digits. These are classified as either NDN (Golden) or NDN(Silver) depending on the combination. The Base Price of a NDN (Silver) is $600; or
(iv) Selected 5 to 11 digits, which are classified as either NDN (Golden) or NDN(Silver) depending on the combination.

If there is a premium name not available in this round, potential registrants are encouraged to contact SGNIC by email to dnq@sgnic.sg. If there are sufficient demand for those PDNs, SGNIC will release them in subsequent launches.

Asia Registry logoAnyone interested in one of the premium domains should contact Asia Registry, part of the instra group, an accredited .SG registrar.

For more information, see the SGNIC website at nic.net.sg.

SGNIC Releases Premium .SG Domains

SGNIC logoSGNIC are releasing a limited number of premium .SG domain names. The domain names will be available by application at a Base Price ranging from SG$600 to $20,000. If the name has multiple applications, it will be allocated to the applicant with the highest bid.

Details of the launch can be found in the following documents:

SGNIC have provided an FAQ on the premium domain name allocation:
1. What are Premium Domain Names (“PDNs”)?

Premium domain names (“PDNs”) are names that are limited in quantity and command a higher value than non-premium domain names. It consists of:

(a) Single character domain names (“SCDNs”), i.e. a name which is made up of a single alphabet, with a Base Price of $20,000. For example, A, B, C, ……X, Y, Z; and

(b) Numeric domain names (“NDNs”) i.e. a name which is made up of:

(i) All single digits. For example, 0, 1, 2 ……9.  These are classified as NDN(Platinum) with a Base Price of $20,000;
(ii) All 2 digits. For example, 00, ……99. These are classified as NDN(Golden) with a Base Price of $1,000;
(iii) All 3 and 4 digits. These are classified as either NDN(Golden) or NDN(Silver) depending on the combination. The Base Price of a NDN(Silver) is $600; or
(iv) Selected 5 to 11 digits, which are classified as either NDN(Golden) or NDN(Silver) depending on the combination.

2. The PDNs that I wanted is not released for bidding. When will SGNIC release them for bidding?

If there are sufficient demand for the PDNs, SGNIC will release them for bidding. You can indicate your interest by emailing the specific PDNs to dnq@sgnic.sg.

3. How frequent will the PDNs be released for bidding?

The PDNs will be released for bidding on a quarterly basis if there are sufficient demands to warrant a release.

4. In the event that two or more applications are received for the same PDN and I am not successful in bidding for the PDN, will the Base Price be refunded to me?

Yes, SGNIC will refund the Base Price to all unsuccessful applicants.

5. Can I submit a scanned copy of the Priority Claim Form to SGNIC Accredited Registrars?

Yes, you can either submit the original or a scanned copy of the Priority Claim Form.

Asia Registry logoTo apply for your .SG Premium Domain Name, check out Asia Registry, part of the instra group, an SGNIC accredited registrar here.