Resource Certification Service launched

AfriNIC, regional Internet registry for the African region, recently announced the availability of its resource certification service to improve the long-term stability of Internet routing. AfriNIC_AdielMembers requesting IP addresses or AS numbers will have the option of being issued a "resource certificate", digital verification that the resource has been officially assigned by AfriNIC.

Resource certification will automate the process of Internet routing in a reliable, transparent way. This will help prevent the type of mis-announcement that resulted in the global YouTube outage in 2008 following a routing error by Pakistan Telecom. The vast majority of ‘mis-announcements’ are accidental, known as route leaking, but can still have a significant impact on global Internet traffic.

Adiel Akplogan, chief executive at AfriNIC, explains: "The launch of resource certification demonstrates our ongoing commitment to improving routing stability in Africa. As Internet penetration increases in the region, routing errors could have a much greater impact on the network. Resource certification will reduce these risks and help ensure a safe and secure Internet for all.”

Resource certification is a system based on globally accepted and well-known Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) principles. All of the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) have committed to deploying certification in their region.

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