DNSSEC Exposed - Deploying DNSSEC in Real Life

Alan Clegg (Internet Systems Consortium)
Operations
Location: D135
Tags: security, dns
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The DNS Security protocols – codenamed DNSSEC – were more than a decade in the making, and have been tested and re-tested and studied and documented. They work. They do the job. They make DNS secure. Their use for critical government and enterprise infrastructure has been a good idea for several years now. For many government agencies, DNSSEC deployment has become a mandate.

Alas, DNSSEC isn’t being used as much as it should, because it scares people. The problem is that DNSSEC seems to be very complicated and the documentation sometimes feels like it should be part of the Tax Code.

ISC is one of the leading experts on the deployment and use of DNSSEC. We can teach you how to use it without novocaine. To use DNSSEC, you need to digitally sign your DNS data (your “zone”), and then provide a means by which a suspicious client computer can verify the signature. We’ll walk you through setting this up and turning it on.

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Alan Clegg

Internet Systems Consortium

Alan Clegg has over 20 years providing support and management of Internet facing systems. As a Dale Carnegie trained public speaker, Alan has provided tailored learning experiences to corporations (Banc One, Jefferson Pilot Communications), at conventions and meetings (BSDcon, InfraGard, HTCIA), and as part of his job with Berkeley Software Design.

During the NSF funded rollout of Internet access to higher education, Alan assisted in the deployment of “high speed” (56k!) network access to all 2 and 4 year degree granting, publicly funded colleges and universities in North Carolina. Later, as a member of the technical staff of Berkeley Software Design, he provided training and support for the BSD/OS and FreeBSD operating systems. More recently, Alan was a member of the senior engineering team at Hosted Solutions, a data center solutions provider with multiple data centers in North Carolina and Massachusetts.

Since joining the Internet Systems Consortium staff in 2007, Alan has been creating and providing workshops and training for ISC customers and users. The training includes a 5-day DNS and BIND class, a 3-day DNSSEC workshop and a 2-day ISC DHCP course. These classes and workshops have been delivered across the globe to private corporations, such as Telstra, Cloudshield and Neustar and publicly to a vast array of system administrators and network operators.

Serving as a volunteer firefighter for over 21 years, Alan became an American Red Cross Disaster Services volunteer following hurricane Katrina. He is also a trainer for the FEMA Community Emergency Response Team, specializing in CERT response to acts of terrorism.

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