Welcome!

Machine Learning Authors: Zakia Bouachraoui, Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan

News Feed Item

Nominum Delivers Service Provider Compliance Solution for Blocking Child Exploitation Sites Online

Nominum, the leader in network naming and addressing solutions announced today that it has a very simple, efficient, and effective solution that allows Internet Service Providers to quickly comply with regulatory mandates or agreements being negotiated that require them to block access to child exploitation sites on the Internet. Nominum’s solution offers providers several key advantages:

  • No invasion of user privacy; packet contents are not examined
  • Simple deployment with no new equipment in the network or operational overhead
  • Preserves the subscriber experience; performance, latency and availability are not impacted
  • Confidentiality of lists of banned sites to prevent inadvertent disclosure or theft

The problem of child exploitation sites on the Internet has been widely publicized around the world with the media and citizens becoming increasingly vocal about the need to protect Internet users by blocking access. Governments worldwide are working to address this problem. In Germany the government moved rapidly, starting legislation in January that was approved through their legislative arm in early July. Similar initiatives and agreements already exist or are being worked on in other parts of the world.

Nominum’s solution for blocking access to child exploitation sites allows service providers to leverage the DNS infrastructure that is already present in every IP network. Nearly 50 percent of broadband households around the world already rely on Nominum’s DNS for their browsing needs. Virtually every Internet application, including web browsers, relies on the DNS to navigate to destinations on the web. When a user inadvertently clicks on a link that leads to child exploitation sites, Nominum’s software can direct them to a “teaching” page, rather than to the unwanted web site. The key advantage of this solution is that it does not rely on examining the information contained in user’s data packets (“opening the envelope”). This means there is no possibility of ever invading a user’s privacy.

With Nominum’s solution, lists of illegal web sites to be blocked can be continuously updated to reflect the very latest information. The process of distributing the lists throughout the provider network is completely automated, with no operator intervention required. Deployment does not require any specialized equipment or changes to the network architecture and confidentiality of blocked domain lists is ensured by storing them in an encrypted format. Unlike Nominum’s solution, alternatives rely on deep packet inspection which requires looking at packet payloads and raises substantial concerns about user privacy.

“Nominum has a corporate commitment to protecting the Internet and improving the user experience. We have been at the forefront of innovations that provide Internet users with a more productive, safe and secure Internet experience,” said Tom Tovar, CEO of Nominum. “We are actively working with Internet Service Providers to rapidly comply with pending regulations and agreements without disrupting their networks or impacting their operations. Together we are committed to protecting Internet users and preserving privacy.”

The products that implement the compliance solution are:

  • The Malicious Domain Redirection (MDR) Service Delivery Module incorporates continuously updated data about “illegal” websites, including child exploitation sites, and intelligently examines DNS requests from users in real time. Rather than simply directing users to sites hosting illegal content, MDR instead directs them to “stop” pages or “teaching” pages that educate them about the problem. The MDR module is an add-on to Nominum’s Vantio caching DNS platform.
  • The CentrisTM Threat Aggregation Database is a centralized, multi-protocol server that enables real time threat data to be collected and distributed at massive scale. Centris hosts lists of child exploitation sites and automatically distributes the information to MDR modules across an ISP network. Confidentiality of lists is assured by distributing and hosting them in an encrypted format.

Pricing and Availability

Products used to implement this solution are software only. The full solution is generally available now and already deployed in production networks. Pricing is configuration dependent.

About Nominum

Nominum’s network naming and addressing solutions power IP networks of all sizes globally, from the largest carrier broadband network to enterprises, universities and government agencies. Nominum’s Domain Name System (DNS) and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) products lead the industry in security, performance, and reliability. They are the foundation of the always-on broadband Internet, supporting 170 million households connected by more than one hundred carriers in every region - North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. Large businesses, educational institutions and governmental networks also depend on Nominum to support mission-critical IP services and applications. For more information, visit www.nominum.com. (Click here for a partial list of Nominum’s key customers).

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

CloudEXPO Stories
Sanjeev Sharma Joins November 11-13, 2018 @DevOpsSummit at @CloudEXPO New York Faculty. Sanjeev Sharma is an internationally known DevOps and Cloud Transformation thought leader, technology executive, and author. Sanjeev's industry experience includes tenures as CTO, Technical Sales leader, and Cloud Architect leader. As an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Sanjeev is recognized at the highest levels of IBM's core of technical leaders.
Business professionals no longer wonder if they'll migrate to the cloud; it's now a matter of when. The cloud environment has proved to be a major force in transitioning to an agile business model that enables quick decisions and fast implementation that solidify customer relationships. And when the cloud is combined with the power of cognitive computing, it drives innovation and transformation that achieves astounding competitive advantage.
It cannot be overseen or regulated by any one administrator, like a government or bank. Currently, there is no government regulation on them which also means there is no government safeguards over them. Although many are looking at Bitcoin to put money into, it would be wise to proceed with caution. Regular central banks are watching it and deciding whether or not to make them illegal (Criminalize them) and therefore make them worthless and eliminate them as competition. ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) are something most have no idea as to what it means and how you utilize it. Where is the "Stamp of Approval" or "Stamp of Legitimacy" on some of these Bitcoin websites (how do you know you are not dealing with a scammer?)
We are in a digital age however when one looks for their dream home, the mortgage process can take as long as 60 days to complete. Not what we expect in a time where processes are known to take place swiftly and seamlessly. Mortgages businesses are facing the heat and are in immediate need of upgrading their operating model to reduce costs, decrease the processing time and enhance the customer experience. Therefore, providers are exploring multiple ways of tapping emerging technologies to solve this industry problem. During this session, Chander Damodaran, Chief Blockchain Architect at Brillio Technologies, will discuss how blockchain could transform the mortgage business and its value chain. Blockchain can bridge the gap and provide a seamless digital channel to enable quicker and transparent mortgage processing thereby elevating the overall experience and helping drive costs down.
Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorldEXPO within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throughout enterprises of all sizes. We are offering early bird savings on all ticket types where you can save significant amount of money by purchasing your conference tickets today.