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Strategic Plan to Promote DNSSEC Launched by Afnic

Press release

November 7, 2013 -

To improve the protection of the French Internet against attacks on its DNS infrastructure, Afnic calls for an acceleration in the deployment of DNSSEC


DNSSEC, a protocol that improves the security of DNS against different types of attacks seeking to divert traffic from websites, was made available to the .fr TLD by Afnic in September 2010. Backed by its expertise and as part of its task as the registry for the .fr ccTLD, Afnic wants to encourage innovation in the .fr namespace and further strengthen the security of the Internet Infrastructure in France. With this aim in mind, the registry has decided to undertake a major campaign to promote DNSSEC for the key stakeholders in DNS resolution.


The strategic plan is based on several action levers, the initial initiatives being as follows:

  • Special DNSSEC training, in partnership with HSC for those involved in DNS hosting in France;
  • A financial incentive scheme. Until 31 December 2013, Afnic is offering its accredited registrars a 10% discount on the price of creation and keep options for DNSSEC signed domain names under the .fr TLD.

For Mathieu Weill, CEO of AFNIC "By allocating human and financial resources to the promotion of DNSSEC among our registrars, we are illustrating our support for French stakeholders in putting the .fr ccTLD on the leading edge in security."


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Afnic (the French acronym for "Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération" i.e. the French Network Information Centre), is a non-profit association created in 1997. Appointed by the State to manage domain names under the .fr TLD, it promotes use of the namespace by entrepreneurs and individuals. As the incumbent manager of the .fr TLD with more than 2.9 million domain names in the .fr namespace to date, it is also positioned as a provider of technical solutions and registry services: it currently manages 14 projects for new gTLDs, including .paris and .bzh. Afnic is located in Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, where its staff of 80 works for the common good of the French Internet.