The Sunrise period for the new gTLD for Switzerland’s largest city and canton by population, Zürich, commences on 30 August, and will run until 29 October.
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 continuesÂ 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 CIRAâs 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 Canadaâs .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 doesnât 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.
âWe 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,â said Queh Ser Pheng, General Manager of SGNIC.
âCIRA’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,â said Eduardo Mercader Orta, Director of Operations, NIC Chile.
âCIRA 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,â said Mark Gaudet, DNS Program Manager, CIRA.
From 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:
-Â Application Guidelines for Premium Domain Names
-Â List of Premium Domain Names for Application
-Â Milestones for Premium Domain Name Application
[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 â 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.
âThe Domain Name System is like the âphone bookâ 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.â said Mr. Queh Ser Pheng, General Manager of SGNIC.
For more information on DNSSEC, please refer to the following link:
The Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) will introduce a âRegistryLockâ 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 â.sgâ domain names (i.e. domain names ending with .sg â 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 attackerâs website or email system. This is done by requiring the domain nameâs 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.
ISSUED BY THE SINGAPORE NETWORK INFORMATION CENTRE (SGNIC)
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.Â For more news and information, visit www.sgnic.sg
This SGNIC news release was sourced from:
[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 (22.214.171.124).
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 â lengthy domain addresses that are compacted â 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:
SGNIC 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 (âSCDNsâ), 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 (âNDNsâ) i.e. a name which is made up of:
(i) All single digits. For example, 0, 1, 2 … 9.Â 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 email@example.com. If there are sufficient demand for those PDNs, SGNIC will release them in subsequent launches.
[news release] The Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC), the national registry for domain names, will be accepting registrations for Internationalised Domain Names (IDN) from 4 July 2011 onwards.
This offers greater choice to consumers as they can soon register for Web addresses that their target market or audience can better identify with, such as Chinese and Tamil-speaking communities in China and India who are also starting to use full Chinese and Tamil characters in website addresses. SGNIC will offer these IDNs under the top-levels of â.æ°å å¡â and â.à®à®¿à®à¯à®à®ªà¯à®ªà¯à®°à¯â.
SGNIC General Manager Lim Choon Sai said, âSGNIC hopes to give users greater choices and add to the range of domain names available here. We believe this is timely given the growing interest, especially among businesses both here and overseas, to reach the emerging Indian and Chinese overseas markets, which may feel more comfortable using their own language characters. Brand owners can also build up and strengthen their online identities further with this new service.â
The launch of IDN comes after SGNIC released Chinese Domain Names at the 2nd and 3rd level in 20092 and follows the global trend of using non-Latin characters in domain names. Some countries/regions which have implemented full IDNs include Russia, the Republic of Korea and Saudi Arabia.
Registrations of IDNs in Singapore will be phased according to the Schedule below. The categories of applicants mentioned in the first two phases of the launch can also apply for registering premium names (single-character domain names and numeric domain names) if they have registered these premium names under existing .sg categories. New premium names can also be applied under Phase 2.
a. Phase 1: For existing CDN holders (4 July – 15 August 2011)
b. Phase 2: For Trademark holders, government agencies and other
interested businesses and individuals (12 September â 8 November
c. General Launch: 14 December 2011 onwards
For more information, please refer to www.sgnic.sg
To register your .SG domain name, check out Asia Registry here.
Prominent Internet organizations and the Singapore Government will answer journalistsâ questions about the inauguration of a Singapore facility that will become the first of three hardened facilities that will bring an extra measure of security to Internet users around the globe.
Packet Clearing House (PCH) and ICANN will join the Singapore government at the news conference.
The three new facilities, located in Singapore; Zurich, Switzerland (still under construction) and San Jose, California, will provide cryptographic security using the recently deployed Domain Name System Security (DNSSEC) protocol. Internet users in each country that adopts the new service will be assured of the authenticity of the websites they visit and the email addresses they use.
Here are the details:
WHAT: News Conference
WHO: Representatives of ICANN, Packet Clearing House (PCH), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the National University of Singapore (NUS).
WHEN: Wednesday, 22 June 2011, 1430-1530 Singapore (0530-0630 UTC).
WHERE: SwissÃ´tel The Stamford, Moor Room, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore.
OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists from around the world can participate in the news conference via remote access.
A live video webcast may be accessed at icann.adobeconnect.com/sin41-press.
NEWS CONFERENCE RECORDING: As soon after the news conference as possible, a recording of the event will be posted to www.icann.org/en/press/
This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
SGNIC 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:
- Application Guidelines for Premium Domain Names
- List of Premium Domain Names for Application
- Milestones for Premium Domain Name Application
SGNIC have provided an FAQ on the premium domain name allocation:
1. What are Premium Domain Names (âPDNsâ)?
Premium domain names (âPDNsâ) 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 (âSCDNsâ), i.e. a name which is made up of a single alphabet, with a Base Price of $20,000. For example, A, B, C, â¦â¦X, Y, Z; and
(b) Numeric domain names (âNDNsâ) i.e. a name which is made up of:
(i) All single digits. For example, 0, 1, 2 â¦â¦9.Â These are classified as NDN(Platinum) with a Base Price of $20,000;
(ii) All 2 digits. For example, 00, â¦â¦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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
To apply for your .SG Premium Domain Name, check out Asia Registry, part of the instra group, an SGNIC accredited registrar here.