DNS Server to be Launched
- 23 Feb 2019
- 2 min read
The government will launch a public Domain Name Server (DNS) aimed at providing a faster and more secure browsing experience for Internet users in the country, while ensuring that citizens’ data is stored locally.
- The main objective of bringing country’s own public DNS is to ensure availability, particularly for smaller Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who don’t have credible DNS.
- A user will be free to choose any DNS and they need not compulsorily need to shift to India public DNS.
- The DNS roll out will be completed in the next four to six months and it will be executed by National Informatics Centre (NIC).
Domain Name Server
- DNS is a system which translates the domain names entered in a browser to the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses required to access the respective sites. E.g.:
- When one types a web address (say drishtiias.com), the Internet Service Provider views the DNS associated with the domain name, translates it into a machine friendly IP address (for example 2126.96.36.199 is the IP for drishtiias.com) and directs the Internet connection to the correct website.
- It can also be termed as Internet's equivalent of a phone book.
- The Centre has also launched a new email platform for all all government employees including those in states and Union Territories.
- The new platform is an upgraded version with enhanced in-built security features compared to the earlier created by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and has a capability to host as many as 5 million users that can be scaled up further if needed.
- These initiatives are a part of the Government’s initiatives for a new and robust platform in the wake of critical digital services being delivered online requiring enhanced security to discourage cyber-attacks and a quicker site loading time.