May 2016 archive
May 31 Deadline for $517,000 US in Internet-related Grants in Africa and Asia Pacific (Featured Blog)
Do you have an idea for a project related to DNSSEC, RPKI, BGP security or other security technologies? And will that project’s activities take place in the Asia-Pacific region? (View the list of eligible countries and economies.)
If so, the Information Society Information Fund (ISIF) Asia is seeking proposals for projects that can be funded up to a maximum of $56,000 AUD (roughly $40,000 USD). This “Cybersecurity Grant” is sponsored by the Internet Society as part of our support for the Seed Alliance.
THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS IS TUESDAY, MAY 31!
Please read the Cybersecurity Grant page for more information and follow the instructions for applying. Please do remember that the project activities must be conducted within one of the economies that ISIF considers to be the Asia Pacific region. ISIF also provides some guidelines for applicants and a FAQ.
As noted on the page, the focus is around practical solutions for resiliency and security in one of these areas:
- Naming: innovative approaches to DNSSEC that enhance user confidence in Internet-based services.
- Routing: support for wider deployment of secure routing technologies (RPKI, BGPSEC) and best practices (MANRS).
- Measurement: investigate the nature and extent of deployment of security solutions on the Internet.
- Traffic management: tools to measure Internet traffic congestion and/or traffic management practices OR analysis of traffic management policies and practices.
- Confidential communications: strategies or solutions to enhance the confidentiality of Internet traffic.
- Data security and integrity: options for improved data security and/or data breach detection and mitigation.
- Internet of Things (IoT): security of IoT.
- Critical Infrastructure: security of computer-controlled systems such as energy grids, transport networks, water supply, sewage, etc.) from cyber attacks.
- End-user device security: options for improved end-user security.
- Building security skills in your local community.
We hope that people and organizations within the AP region will apply for this excellent grant opportunity. The application period opened up February 24 – but we thought we’d give one final notice in case people weren’t aware.
We look forward to learning in September about how the recipients will work to make the Internet more secure and resilient!
Know Someone Who Has Made the Internet Better? Postel Award Nominations Deadline May 18 (Featured Blog)
Starting in about 45 minutes, at 13:00 local time in Culpeper, Virginia, which is 17:00 UTC, you have the opportunity to watch the live stream of the Root KSK key-signing ceremony #25. More info can be found here:
and the direct link for watching is:
Internet Society CITO Olaf Kolkman will be among the participants as he is one of the 14 global “Crypto Officers” who has a role to play in the key signing ceremony. You can see the various roles in the KSK Ceremony 25 script, but perhaps better is to read this excellent description by Olafur Gudmundsson:
Olafur’s text, photos and graphics help explain what is going on.
If you can’t watch live but are interested in what happens, materials will be available after the fact including camera footage and more. (See the example of KSK Ceremony 24 from February 2016.)
While this may not necessarily be as exciting as a rocket launch, these public key signing ceremonies are important to ensure people understand and believe in the trustworthiness of the Root KSK that enables the overall DNSSEC global “chain of trust” to be reliable!
P.S. If you want to get started with DNSSEC yourself, please visit our Start Here page to find resources to help you!