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CIRA expands DNS using Akamai SPS Secure Business

 CIRA expands DNS using Akamai SPS Secure Business - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy - Identity & Authentication Management
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy - Intrusion Detection
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy - Malware Protection
Applicable Industries
  • Security & Public Safety
Applicable Functions
  • Business Operation
Use Cases
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Services
The Challenge

A few years ago, CIRA saw the opportunity to complement its registry revenue with new services. In 2015, CIRA first moved into DNS cybersecurity with the introduction of D-Zone Anycast DNS, a service now used by some ISPs, the Canadian government, and many educational institutions. After the release of this comprehensive Canadian secondary DNS service, many of CIRA’s customers requested a recursive DNS Service. Organizations in the education sector were particularly interested in a service with content filtering.

The Customer

Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

About The Customer

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is a member-based not-for-profit organization, best known for managing the .CA internet domain on behalf of all Canadians, developing and implementing policies that support Canada’s internet community and representing the .CA registry internationally. We are building programs, products and services that leverage all the internet has to offer to help build a better online Canada, while providing a safe, secure and trusted online experience to all Canadians. For more information, visit

The Solution

Moreover, now that CIRA is using Akamai's SPS Secure Business solution, it gains global scale and capacity without a performance impact. Plus, since the protections are network-based, customers don’t need to install software or updates as required by traditional client-based security products. There’s also no need for any on-premises customer technical expertise. The service is essentially a turnkey solution, enabled by pointing customer DNS resolvers at the CIRA cloud.

Operational Impact
  • [Financial Growth - Revenue]

    By the end of 2019, CIRA expects its DZone DNS Firewall service to account for 50% of its new product revenue. 

  • [Data Management - Data Visualization]

    CIRA also uses Akamai DNSi Big Data Connector to integrate all DNS query data and bot and phishing blocked data gathered from Akamai resolvers into an Elastic stack. This stack also includes a search and analytics engine, a data-collection and log-parsing engine, and an analytics and visualization platform that enables CIRA to search and display all kinds of DNS and security-related data collected across its network. This makes it easy for CIRA to conduct research and debug customer issues.

Quantitative Benefit
  • By the end of 2019, CIRA expects its DZone DNS Firewall service to account for 50% of its new product revenue. 

  • The service has driven a 90% reduction in desktops impacted by spear-phishing attacks. 

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