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As a leading member of standards organisations and committees, Verisign helps to ensure reliability, security and innovation in the expansion of the Internet. Information about policies in discussion is offered to help raise awareness about new trends and issues in the community. For specific questions about our U.S. policy, please e-mail us.


  • The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the international organisation charged with the technical coordination of the Internet's addressing system, has been engaged in a multi-year effort to authorise the creation of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). When delegated, these new gTLDs will operate alongside existing domains, such as .com, .net, .tv, .edu, .name and .cc. On 13 June 2012, ICANN announced the list of 1,930 applied-for strings. Verisign applied to operate 14 new gTLDs, including 12 Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) that are transliterations of .com and .net, as well as .verisign and .comsec.
  • Verisign applied for IDN transliterations of .com in Arabic, Cyrillic, Devanagari (Indian), Hangul (Korean), Hebrew, Hiragana and Katakana (Japanese), Simplified Chinese, Thai and Traditional Chinese scripts.
  • Verisign applied for IDN transliterations of .net in Devanagari, Hangul and Simplified Chinese scripts.
  • In addition to our own 14 new gTLD strings, Verisign is providing technical back-end registry services for approximately 220 applicants.

For more information about the evaluation process, visit ICANN’s New Generic Top-Level Domains website.


Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) is a set of extensions developed by the IETF to increase the security of the Domain Name System (DNS) by authenticating the origin of DNS data and verifying its integrity while moving across the Internet. DNSSEC has the potential to help combat compromised data in name servers, which could be used to launch damaging attacks against users, enterprises and the Internet core itself.

DNSSEC offers the potential to strengthen the infrastructure of the Internet by authenticating the origin of DNS data and verifying its integrity while moving across the Internet. However, there is still much to be learned about how the implementation would work on a broad scale. As Verisign continues its own USD 100 million investment in fortifying the infrastructure of the Internet, we are working with the broader Internet community to identify new alternatives for strengthening the overall security of the Internet.

While DNSSEC has the potential to solve one piece of the overall puzzle of Internet security, it does not address common threats such as spoofing or phishing. Verisign encourages Internet users to consider layers of protection, such as SSL certificates and two-factor authentication to make the Internet secure for everyone.


  • Internet Architecture Board (IAB) is the technical body that oversees the development of the Internet suite of protocols. It has two task forces: The Internet Engineering Task Force and the Internet Research Task Force.
  • Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is an international, voluntary body consisting of network designers, engineers, researchers, vendors and other interested individuals who work together to address and resolve technical and operational problems on the Internet and develop Internet standards and protocols.
  • Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an international not-for-profit, private sector organisation created to coordinate four key functions for the Internet: The management of the domain name system, the allocation of IP address space, the assignment of protocol parameters and the management of the root server system.


Verisign engages policymakers at all levels of government on key Internet policy matters. Our work reflects the company's values and philosophy. Learn more about our areas of involvement by visiting U.S. Government Relations.