Domain Name Security Key Change Planned for October

Students work at laptops on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Photographer: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers plans Oct. 11 to change the encrypted keys that help secure the internet domain name system.

ICANN, the nonprofit that manages the system, had planned to roll out the new keys last October, but it postponed the move after determining that many internet service providers weren’t ready.

The encrypted keys, called the Key Signing Key, create signatures for domains and are designed to ensure internet users are directed to the correct websites. People may be unable to access the internet if ISPs don’t update their systems in time for the key change.

ICANN yesterday announced its plan to roll out the new keys this October to give the internet community time to review the plan and ICANN time to ensure network operators are prepared. ICANN is seeking public comment on the plan by April 1.