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Changing the Keys for the Internet’s Addressing System – Don’t Get Locked Out

Los Angeles, California… For the first time ever, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) is about to change the cryptographic keys that help secure the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS).

“It is critical that Internet Service Providers & network operators around the world make certain they are ready for this change as failure to do so can result in their users being unable to look up domains & thus be unable to reach any site on the Internet” said David Conrad, ICANN’s Chief Technology Officer. Conrad added, “Network operators should ensure they have up-to-date software, have enabled DNSSEC, & verified that their systems can update their keys automatically or they have processes in place to manually update to the new key by 1600 UTC on 11 October 2017.”

The changing, or “rolling” of the key, is an important step in keeping the intercontinental DNS safe & secure. It is very much in line with commonly accepted operational practices that ensure that important security infrastructure can support changing password if the need were to ever arise.

“We’ve launched a testing platform so network operators can make certain that they are ready for the key roll well ahead of October 11,” said Conrad. That testing platform can be accessed at: Internet users should contact their ISP or network operators to make certain they are ready for the key change.

ICANN has been working with technical partners such as the Regional Internet Registries, Network Operations Groups, & domain name registries & registrars as well as others in the Internet ecosystem, such as the Internet Society & Internet trade associations, to make certain that those around the world who may be impacted by the key roll are aware of the pending change.

ICANN Chief Executive Officer Göran Marby has sent correspondence to more than 170 government officials including regulators & participants in ICANN’s Government Advisory Committee, asking that they make certain the network operators in their respective countries are aware & ready for the key change.

To learn more about the pending Key Roll, go here:

To join the conversation on Twitter use #KeyRoll.

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Media Contacts

Brad White
Director of Communications, North America
Washington, D.C.
Tel: +1 202 570 7118

Alexandra Dans
Senior Manager, Latin America and Caribbean Communications
Montevideo, Uruguay
Tel: +598 95 831 442


ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure & unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate & support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation & a community with participants from all over the globe. ICANN & its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition & develops policy for the top-level of the Internet’s naming system & facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit:


Updated: August 16, 2017 — 7:15 pm

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