CIRA Domain Name System Protection

D-Zone Anycast

Cybera has partnered with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) to offer Alberta's public and education communities improved Domain Name System (DNS) protection and performance. The D-Zone Anycast DNS is useful for larger public and education institutions in Alberta that run their own .ca domain, and are at risk of Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks.


What does D-Zone Anycast provide?

  • High Reliability: D-Zone eliminates the single point of failure. DNS queries are automatically routed around server failures or network outages.
  • High Performance: D-Zone servers are located close to major internet hubs, reducing latency and improving performance.
  • Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) mitigation: Global servers absorb DDoS attacks and mitigate the impact on Canadian users.

How to get started?

The free D-Zone Anycast DNS is available immediately to Cybera members. The setup takes minutes.

  1. Check to see if your institution is a Cybera member
  2. Review the background documentation and quickstart diagram
  3. Contact CIRA to schedule a D-Zone overview call

D-Zone DNS Firewall

As part of the Cybersecurity Initiatives Program (CIP), CANARIE is working with its NREN partners to promote the first made-in-Canada, DNS-based firewall solution: CIRA's D-Zone DNS Firewall. Through this program, over 200 eligible organizations will receive funding for implementation, support, and training for the firewall.

What does D-Zone DNS Firewall provide?

  • Blocks communications that contain malicious code.
  • Blocks malicious software from reaching host servers.
  • Continuously updating as new threats are detected using advanced data analysis of internet queries.

In addition, the D-Zone DNS Firewall provides advanced content filtering capabilities (by content type and time of day).

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Want to find out more? Contact the team at CIRA!