SWITCH wins Security Award for .ch registry

The Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries has given SWITCH an award.

Text: Anja Eigenmann, published on 08.10.2015

CENTR, the Council of European Top Level Domain Registries, has honoured SWITCH and its counterparts in Austria (nic.at) and Germany (denic) with the Security Award for their joint efforts in the field of registry security.

We depend heavily on the registry, also known as the Domain Name System (DNS), which links Internet addresses such as www.switch.ch with the servers hosting the associated websites. The DNS is what is known as a critical infrastructure. Should it be hacked or fail to work for any other reason, many areas of day-to-day life in Switzerland would practically grind to a halt. Payment transactions and large parts of the public transport network, to name just two examples, would no longer work.

SWITCH is acutely aware of how important the DNS is to Switzerland and therefore endeavours to prevent it from breaking down and continually optimise its security. Among other things, we had our information security management system (ISMS) certified according to ISO 27001 just over a year ago. This is the global standard for ISMSs. The .ch registry is among the first in Europe to be certified.

In order to meet the high standards required for certification, we must continually review and optimise our own security processes. SWITCH made the decision to share the tasks of internal auditing under the ISO standard and assessing compliance with the registries in Austria (nic.at) and Germany (denic). SWITCH, nic.at and denic thus meet three times a year to take a critical look at each other and work out recommendations for greater security.

They have now been given the CENTR Award in the category Security in recognition of this collaboration. The award is for innovative projects and cooperations in the field of top-level domain registries. CENTR is the Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries, bringing together the operators of country-specific domains like .ch, .li, .de and .at.

SWITCH’s efforts regarding security are bearing fruit: .ch domains are regarded as being among the most secure throughout the world.



CENTR Security Award entry video.
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