The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) has appointed an internet security expert to head up its Security Committee.
Dr Stephen Crocker will take the chair of the Standing Committee on Security and Stability. The appointment was proposed at an Icann meeting last November, after the board investigated the stability and security of the root domain servers.
Icann president Stuart Lynn said that Crocker and his committee would have a "key role in working with Icann constituencies to assess where the principal DNS security risks lie, and in advising the board on priorities for further action within the scope of Icann's responsibilities".
Although Icann's conclusion was that the internet root is pretty much safe, some experts have expressed concerns over its security.
Previous versions of the Bind DNS software used to run domain name servers have suffered from security holes, although the current version is so far bullet proof. The fact there are only 13 root servers may offer a target for denial of service or some other form of attack.
Crocker helped develop protocols for the original Arpanet and organised the forerunner of the Internet Engineering Task Force. He has been a programme manager at the Advanced Research Projects Agency, and has worked at the USC Information Sciences Institute and the Aerospace Corporation.
The rest of the committee membership is in the process of being completed. The membership is being widely drawn from Icann's diverse constituency organisations and includes outside experts.
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