The Domain Name System (DNS) provides for the translation of easy-to-remember named to numeric IP addresses for internet users. It is critical that this vital piece of infrastructure be protected from attack and upgraded to handle increasing loads. Several years ago, an organization was created to coordinate responses to security breaches of the DNS as well as to study DNS operations data and research new practices for the DNS. Unfortunately, that organization appears to support only ICANN-sanctioned DNS operations and not the Inclusive Namespace.

The INS-AORC is part of the WorldRoot Consortium, which operates one of the Inclusive Namespace root networks. INS-AORC has been created to fill the void caused by the ICANN-centric OARC's refusal to recognize the Inclusive Namespace, a namespace that contains more than 95% of the world's Top-Level domains. INS-AORC will provide support for the ICANN-centric DNS operations as well as the greater internet as the Inclusive Namespace, by definition, includes the ICANN-centric DNS tree as well.

The AORC has the following mission:

  • Emergency Response. The AORC lists and other communication mechanisms provide the INS community a place to exchange information during attacks on any of the DNS infrastructure or any other times when DNS destabilization is occurring.
  • Analysis of DNS Operations.  The internet continues to add new users every year and it is important to look at DNS traffic and determine how to optimize server deployment to meet tomorrow's traffic needs as well as how to harden the infrastructure against malefactors who would try to harm or compromise the DNS infrastructure. Keeping long-term records of DNS performance is also crucial to planning for the future. Finally, analyzing the characteristics of attacks against the DNS infrastructure will provide valuable information about how to mitigate such attacks in the future.
  • AORC Performance Lab. The AORC performance lab is in the process of being assembled. This testing center will contain state-of-the-art equipment and software that will be used to stress-test DNS software and hardware by simulating heavy loads and attacks. The results of these tests will be made available to AORC members for their use in hardening their DNS servers and infrastructure.
  • Public Education and Assistance.  End users, both individuals and businesses have a limited understanding of the DNS often suffer from problems due to misconfigured software or hardware. AORC will publish how-to guides for the general public and businesses targeting various levels of knowledge, from beginner to advanced. AORC will also seek to educate the general public about the basic working of the DNS and its central importance in the operation of the internet

The AORC can be viewed as the research arm of the WorldRoot Consortium, a global organization whose members operate one of the most widely used Inclusive Namespace root network in the world. The WorldRoot Consortium supports the Top Level Domain Association and relies on the TLDA for adjudication of TLD collisions.

INS-AORC participants are actually members of the WorldRoot Consortium  and fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Those who operate nameservers of any size, from root servers to TLD servers to ISPs.
  • Producers of DNS software and hardware
  • Those who protect the internet public (such as computer crimes investigators and other law enforcement) and public policy professionals who are interested in seeing to it that the internet remains a stable force for their constituents.
  • Scientists and technology researchers who need access to research produced and DNS operations statistics created by INS-AORC

The INS-AORC is the research and outreach arm of the WorldRoot Consortium whose membership dues support the operation of the WorldRoot and the activities of INS-AORC

To join the WorldRoot Consortium, visit the WorldRoot website

For additional information or questions on the INS-AORC, please contact  informat A T

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Last Updated May 27, 2008