Norwegian Network Operators Group (NoNOG) is born

nix_logo-webThe Norwegian Internet community last week came together at the Norwegian Internet Exchange (NIX) meeting in Oslo. Whilst various topics were presented and discussed, we would like to highlight one topic particularly close to our hearts – namely the discussion about creating a Norwegian NOG group.

The proponents behind this asked the community whether it felt there was a need to create a NOG in Norway – and if this answer was yes, how to run, sustain and make it a success.

I had the honour and privilege of sharing a stage with RIPE Chairman Hans Petter Holen, who explained how RIPE, RIPE-NCC and regional RIPE meetings operated. I followed him by giving a presentation on the generic features, procedures and aims of existing NOGs around the world, followed by the example of how we created Slovenian NOG (SINOG), how we run it, how things works, what to do and especially what to avoid.

We also briefly discussed the currently pertinent issue of “NOG relations with governments” and our message was that whilst governments should not create and/or run NOGs, they are welcome to participate by send their experts to meetings. We also encourage government to recognise and endorse NOGs as stakeholders in the local (or regional) Internet ecosystem and use them as a resource when it comes to discussions on technical matters related to the Internet.
NIX meeting

A discussion followed our presentations where the community expressed strong consensus that Norway needs a NOG. We are therefore pleased to announce the birth of NoNOG!

From this there was further discussion on how the NOG should be implemented, and this led to the establishment of the NoNOG Programme Committee with NIX being asked to take on the administrative support. There was a strong feeling not to start with a defined structure such as a charter, but ask the  Programme Committee to put together a good agenda for the first NoNOG meeting that is proposed to be held in conjunction with a NIX meeting. From there a decision will be made whether to continue and if the group needs to be chartered.

Jan Žorž

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Fun Intro to DNSSEC Video From the Norid Team

As part of the signing of .NO with DNSSEC, the Norid team came out with a clever video explaining how DNSSEC works. Now, it’s all in Norwegian so I personally can’t understand any of the words… but  you get the idea and the animation is well-done.  Kudos to the Norid team for creating the video:

If you’d like an English video explanation of DNSSEC, you can check out this one from the folks at Shinkuro a few years back:

And if you’d like to get started with DNSSEC yourself, please head on over to our Start Here page to find resources to help you begin!

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Norway's .NO Passes 22,000 DNSSEC-signed Domains

It’s fun watching on Twitter as Norway’s .NO grows in the number of DNSSEC-signed second-level domains. Norid’s Unni Solås tweeted out today that they had passed 22,794 signed .NO domains – and also provided an explanation for this ongoing growth:

Congrats to the Norid team – it’s great to see the growth… you may recall that only a week ago we wrote about .NO crossing the 5,000 signed domain mark!  Quite a good increase in the space of only a week! Given that Norid’s main page states there are 650,211 .NO domains in total, this brings them to about 3.5% of all .NO domains being signed with DNSSEC.   Not a bad start for a newly signed domain.

Norid has also published its “DNSSEC Policy and Practice Statement (DPS)” that outlines their policies and procedures.  We’ve added that to our list of DPS documents that can be found at:

If you are with a top-level domain, or even with an enterprise seeking to sign your own domain(s), these DPS documents can be useful to understand the degree of security that some TLDs are undertaking.

Congrats again to the Norid team and we’ll look forward to seeing their continued growth!

P.S. If you want to sign your domain with DNSSEC or enable DNSSEC validation on your network, please visit our Start Here page to find resources aimed at your type of organization or role.

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Congrats To Norway’s .NO On Over 5,000 DNSSEC-Signed Domains!

Norid logoCongratulations to the Norid team on going live with DNSSEC for the .NO country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) this week!  You may recall we wrote about .NO being signed in the root zone of DNS back on November 18 (and the cake they baked to celebrate!), but this news this week now moves them to the fully “Operational” status in our DNSSEC deployment maps.

As they note on their page about the news, the .NO registry started accepting DNSSEC records from .NO domain registrants on Tuesday, December 9th.  They also indicated that they had 16 registrars (and now today I count 17).

Even better… after the first day, Norid’s Unni Solås reported on Twitter that they had passed 3,000 signed .NO domains:

and on the second day they were over 5,300:

Presumably two days later they will have even more DNSSEC-signed domains!

By the way, the Norid folks have a great DNSSEC project description (in English) that walks through the different stages of their deployment.  This could be very useful for any other ccTLDs looking to deploy DNSSEC.

Anyway… great work by the Norid team and others there in Norway – and we’re looking forward to hearing more about DNSSEC in Norway.

P.S. If you want to sign your domain with DNSSEC or enable DNSSEC validation on your network, please visit our Start Here page to find resources aimed at your type of organization or role.