Safeguarding the DNA of the Internet

A few postings ago I mentioned the growing importance of random acts of kindness by unsung heroes in rescuing or maintaining vital Internet services. Make no mistake; this is the future of security. When things get bad, we need to call on brilliant technicians to fix things. Fortunately some of the best have an altruistic streak.

Team Cymru are a good example. You might not have heard of them, and you might wonder why a top US security outfit would want to adopt a Welsh name. But I’m pleased to report that their hearts, as well as their expertise, are in the right place. In fact they are a strictly not-for-profit enterprise outfit, but with state-of-the-art skills.

The latest Team Cymru offering is a free alerting system to pinpoint open DNS resolvers in your immediate area. DNS is the DNA of the Internet, though it’s based on a devolved management model which means that not all servers are as secure as you might like them to be. The Million Resolvers Project is a reporting system to alert participants when open resolvers are detected in their local address space.

If you’re interested, you should contact them to get signed up. Like many information age initiatives, security is a two-way street. But what you get back is always more than what you put in.

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