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Thales, leader in information systems and communications security, announces that RIPE NCC, a Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Internet number resources, is introducing a new process that leverages Thales nShield Connect hardware security modules (HSMs) for validation of Internet resource-related messages. The digital certificate-based process will allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and telecommunications companies to automatically authenticate the legitimacy of the source of Internet traffic. The new process is expected to make the routing of Internet traffic more secure, reliable, and efficient.
An independent, not-for-profit organization, RIPE NCC is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) that provide Internet resource allocations, registration services, and coordination activities that support the operation of the Internet globally. RIPE NCC facilitates the allocation and registration of IP address for the reliable routing of Internet traffic. The organization maintains a database of registered resources for all RIPE NCC members, most of whom are telecommunications companies, ISPs, and large corporations. Internet number resources make it possible to find websites and communicate online. Resource holders can send messages to other entities about their resources. These messages might indicate a number change or specify how traffic should be routed to reach the resources controlled by their numbers. These resources are often websites.