From the Editor's Desk

By: Mat Ford

Date: October 6, 2011

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The recent and widely publicized intrusion into the DigiNotar certificate authority infrastructure amply highlighted the weaknesses of the systems widely in use today to secure online communications. The advent of DNSSEC deployment raises the intriguing possibility of using the DNS as a secure repository for certificates in the future. In our cover article, Richard Barnes offers a detailed overview of the DANE working group’s efforts to make this possibility a technical reality.

Attendees of the IETF 81 meeting in Quebec City will have noticed the invitations to visit a demonstration of the Port Control Protocol in the terminal room. For a detailed explanation of the purposes of this new IETF technology and the demo that was presented, see “New Technology Demo: PCP.”

In our IETF Ornithology column, we again provide an overview of the proceedings and outcomes of the Birds-of-a Feather (BoF) meetings that took place during IETF 81. These are frequently some of the most interesting and accessible meetings for the general observer as participants seek to explain the background to and motivations for new work topics. Also in this issue are our regular columns from theIETF and IAB chairs, highlights from the ISOC panel on Internet evolution, coverage of hot topics discussed during plenary meetings, and an opportunity to meet the ISOC Fellows to IETF 81.

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