Issue 13, June 2006

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DNSSec Workshop explores future air transport usage

The air transport community increasingly relies on the Internet to transmit business messages, yet the risk that a message will be altered when passed between servers ranks high among the top security challenges faced by the Internet's domain name system.

This is one of the conclusions made in a pre-publication issue of  Signposts in Cyberspace , a new study from the US-based National Academies Press1. The same study recommends that the Internet community focuses on implementing DNSSec.

RFID & ENUM Deployments promise to slash Costs and strengthen airline's strategic future

CIO's today in the air transport industry must make wise spending decisions and provide strategic direction that improve productivity, efficiency and deliver better customer service. The .aero domain, with its strong policy framework, versatility and focus on the aviation community provides excellent leverage for the continued growth of the industry's technology solutions.

The challenge set by RFID community services

RFID (radio frequency identification devices) technology can bring substantial benefits to the Air Transport Community in the form of cost reductions, improvements in productivity, customer services and safety, but also as a means to generate new revenues. As an emerging technology there are still many barriers to community-wide adoption, one of them being the risk associated with the deployment of RFID infrastructure and development of applications. This is a risk that can be substantially reduced through the introduction of a shared infrastructure and service.

.aero announces reduction in domain name registration fees

Following successful transition of registry services to Afilias, the new registry operator for .aero, a number of enhancements have been made to the name registration process, which includes a reduction in registration fees.

The .aero registry now operates on the world-standard Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP). The upgrade allows increased flexibility, standardization, and access to a broader distribution channel of ICANN-accredited registrars. In turn, this has lead to a reduction in the price of domain name registrations.

New policy to protect names of states, provinces and geographical areas

Following recommendations from the Dot Aero Council (DAC), SITA has introduced a new .aero policy reserving domain names relating to states, provinces and geographical areas, effectively removing these as registration options. The names join the existing list of reserved country names.

More than just the provision of a domain name

Whilst the air transport community is working hard to save billions in annual costs through initiatives such as IATA's Simplifying the Business programme, focused on five core projects: e-ticketing, common use self-service (CUSS), bar-coded boarding passes, RFID and e-freight.

Internet governance - a view from the world's first community-sponsored domain.

Many of the broadly spread governance issues that have been discussed during the past couple of years have been addressed within this community environment.

On 17 March 2002, .aero the first top level Internet domain to be sponsored and introduced by a specific community sector, opened its doors for business..

SITA's Voice Exchange and .aero

The imminent introduction of the SITA Voice Exchange will add a further incentive to customers to move towards convergence of voice and data. The technology at last brings together the strengths of IP VPN, the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and the Internet – and it originated in the early development work of the .aero team.

The benefits of convergence are increasingly well understood.

Industry Events 13

Mark your agenda with the dates of these upcomming industry events.

Airline IT Summit 2006:  Thursday 22 June, Brussels, Belgium

Business simplification is a way for all airlines to transform their organizations – reducing their cost base and gaining efficiencies. Now carriers also need to increase their efforts to differentiate their service to become more competitive – integrated information and communication technology (ICT) solutions are key.

Industry acronyms spelled out

Confused by industry acronyms? Or maybe you just need to know more about a particular industry term such as PBX, ENUM & DNSsec.

What is DNSSec?

aero at EBACE

The .aero team took on a new hospitality role in early May, when they hosted the Internet café at the sixth Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva – the only major European event focused solely on business aviation.

Jointly organized by the US-based National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), this was the strongest event in the show's six-year history, with almost 10,000 attendees, up 27 percent on last year.

ICANN SSAC Advisory SAC008: DNS Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks

In early February 2006, name servers hosting top level domain zones were the repeated recipients of extraordinary heavy traffic loads.

ICANN SSAC Report SAC009: Alternative TLD Name Systems and Roots – Conflict, Control and Consequences

This report examines alternative root server systems and alternative TLD name system administrators generically, i.e. according to the characteristics SSAC associates with a class of operator rather than by the characteristics of individual operators.

By elevating our examination to this level, we can focus on the common characteristics of each class of operator, and perhaps more accurately assess whether TLD name system administration and root name service operation of a given class create security and stability issues.