ISC and NLnet Labs Join Forces in DNS Advance Security Notifications

The Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) and NLnet Labs have signed an agreement enabling ISC to resell Advance Security Notification Subscriptions (ASN) for NLnet Labs' software. ISC is currently offering ASN for BIND, and will now also provide the same service for NLnet Labs' Unbound and NSD software. This combined ASN coverage is particularly useful for operators who run heterogenous DNS systems. In case of security vulnerability incidents, ASN customers will receive formal notice and pre-releases of patches. In general this will be done between three and five working days in advance of public disclosure.

Both organizations announce today to intensify cooperation to take advantage of their joint resources, influence and scale, in order to further increase service levels to the market. ISC has an extensive background and experience in 24/7 support on a global level. NLnet Labs recently started providing 24/7 SLA's by its 100% subsidiary Open Netlabs BV.

"Combining services show our strong commitment when it comes to security concerns", said Jeff Osborn, President of ISC. "Recent incidents like Heartbleed have shown that high level professional 24/7 support is a necessity for mission critical open source software."

"As genetic diversity increases the stability of the Internet ecosystem, provides freedom of choice and pushes technological innovation, we do believe that a multi-vendor Open Source model for mission critical architectures like DNS, will be the key succesfactor to tackle and solve scalability and security issues and provide a solid basis for DNS-operators, telco's and service providers." according Han Brouwers, Managing Director of Open Netlabs.

ISC and NLnet Labs are non-profit organizations, depending on donations and income from support subscriptions. ISC will return all revenue from NLnet Labs ASN subscriptions back to NLnet Labs, contributing to its long term sustainability.

About ISC

ISC is the organization behind the ongoing development and distribution of the most used name server software, BIND. Our team of experts helps drive the DNS standards and author the reference implementation that is then distributed as commercial-quality Open Source software for the Internet community. ISC provides the same leadership both in standards development and software for the DHCP protocol. Over the years, the ISC team has written over 60 RFCs, and is proud to be contributors to the Internet Engineering Task Force.

About NLnet Labs

The NLnet Labs Foundation (NLnet Labs for short) is a not for profit foundation founded in 1999 in the Netherlands. Its statutes define its objectives: to develop Open Source software and open standards for the benefit of the Internet. The foundation believes that the Openness of the network, as enabled by technology and policy, thrives human wellbeing and prosperity. By contributing technology and expertise in the form of Open Source Software and Open Standards, we contribute to wellbeing and prosperity for all.

About Open Netlabs

Open Netlabs is a 100% subsidiary of NLnet Labs, established to provide SLA, support and consultancy services to organizations using NLnet Labs' open source software. Open Netlabs BV is a wholly owned, taxable subsidiary of the NLnet Labs Foundation, serving the non-profit public benefit goals of its parent. The company is guided and managed according the charter of the NLnet Labs Foundation.

Mon Nov 10 2014

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