Signing of government domains: rapid progress continues

In the second half of 2017, the proportion of Dutch government domain names that are signed with DNSSEC rose sharply and now stands at 80 per cent. The rise was highlighted by the six-monthly 'Information Security Standards Survey' carried out by the Forum for Standardisation. Clearly the stagnation seen in the first half of 2017 has ended.


However, the National Council's aim of securing 100 per cent adoption of all five internet security standards (DNSSEC, TLS, DKIM, SPF and DMARC) by the end of 2017 was missed by a significant margin.

Three million

Where DNSSEC adoption is concerned, government bodies have performed very well in recent years, relative to Dutch national averages. Earlier this month, the number of signed .nl domain names passed the three million mark. That is 52 per cent of all 5.8 million names, one of the highest rates in the world.

When it comes to validation, however, the Netherlands is lagging behind. For example, the nation's two biggest access providers, KPN and Ziggo, don't currently provide their customers with a validation service.


Read the full report by the Forum for Standardisation here.

DNSSEC support

For its survey, the Forum for Standardisation used the portal, where domain names can be checked to see whether they are using modern, secure internet standards.

Our site now also shows which registrars support DNSSEC.


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