23 Mar '15, 10pm

ICANN Announces 2015 Hardware Security Module Replacement Project for the Root Key Signing Key

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the 2015 Hardware Security Module Replacement Project for the Root Key Signing Key. An overview of the project and related information is below. Overview As part of securely maintaining the Root Zone Key Signing Key (KSK), ICANN utilizes specialized devices known as Hardware Security Modules (HSMs). These HSMs store the private key material for the Root Zone KSK, and are powered by batteries that have a limited lifespan. While the batteries are currently in good condition and have an expected shelf life of 10 years, the manufacturer warrants the first five years of operation. Out of an abundance of caution, ICANN is planning to replace the existing units during 2015 after five years of service. Background The Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) provides a way for software to validat...

Full article: https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2015-03-23-en

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