This October a group of up to seven VIP cryptographic keyholders will meet in a windowless secure room in a building in El Segundo, California. Few beyond the retiring world of Internet engineering have heard of this group let alone understand the significance of what they get up to. With no fanfare and barely any publicity they have been meeting like this four times a year since 2010 in get-togethers that turn out to matter hugely to the security of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS).
Organised by Internet authority ICANN, the October meeting or ‘ceremony’ will be the most important yet. For the first time since it was adopted in 2010, the master key (called the Root Zone Key Signing Key or KSK) that lies at the heart of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) system used to secure DNS queries will be changed or ‘rolled over’.
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