March 07, 2006 03:00 ET

Nominet Collaborates With ISC to Enhance Security in Open Source Nameserver Software

REDWOOD CITY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 7, 2006 -- Nominet, the .uk domain name registry, today announced collaboration with Internet Systems Consortium Inc. (ISC) to enhance security standards of the BIND nameserver software.

BIND is central to the operation of Internet nameservers, which direct Internet traffic to the correct IP address behind each domain name. For Nominet in particular, BIND provides a robust and stable architecture for the central nameservers that serve .uk and are used for all emails and requests for .uk web sites. By supporting ISC in developing BIND, Nominet is investing in a core system that business and global Internet users rely on, and finding an innovative way of sponsoring open source software development.

Nominet supports ISC with essential funding to the BIND Forum and also allows the company to make use of its Coverity software licence, which analyses programmes for faults and security flaws. Nominet subscribes to Coverity to test its own coding, but only requires a small proportion of this facility so the remainder is offered to ISC, along with access to Nominet's test server. The result is that ISC benefits from financial and operational support, while Nominet assists with development of an essential open source product that is used across the global Internet industry.

Jay Daley, IT Director at Nominet, said: "Open source applications and those involved in their development need the support of the companies that benefit from their use. Through our innovative collaboration with ISC, we are effectively sponsoring the progress of an open source application that is central to the operation of Internet nameservers worldwide, including our own. Our focus is on maintaining security and reliability for .uk domain names and we are keen to invest in its development. Through this mutual agreement, software such as BIND will continue to keep the Internet and all those who use it secure."

About Nominet

Nominet UK is the national registry for all Internet domain names ending in .uk. Its purpose is the management of this central database, providing stability, security and accessibility for all users of .uk domain names. Nominet is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It has members not shareholders, pays no dividends and its charges only cover its running costs. Anyone with an interest in the Internet may become a member. Nominet has over 2,800 members representing all areas of the Internet industry and is recognised as the .uk domain name registry by the Internet industry and the UK Government. It is not a governing or regulatory body, but provides a public service for the .uk namespace on behalf of the UK Internet community.

About ISC

Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3), public benefit corporation with a long history of developing and maintaining the production quality Open Source software -- BIND and DHCP. ISC has increased its focus to include enhancing the stability of the global DNS directly through reliable F-root nameserver operations and ongoing operation of a DNS crisis coordination center, ISC's OARC for DNS. ISC is also engaged with further protocol development efforts, particularly in the areas of DNS evolution and facilitating the transition to IPv6. ISC is supported by the donations of generous sponsors, program membership fees and specific fees for services. For program or donation information, please visit our website at

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