Nominum Joins Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) to Keep Internet Safe

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Company's Chief Scientist is Keynote Speaker at the Group's 14th General Meeting

What should we learn from 25 years of the Internet: A DNS case study.

Nominum, the leading provider of network naming and addressing technologies, today announced that it has joined the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) as a supporting member to contribute to the safety and security of the Internet and its users. MAAWG is a leading organization where network operators, mailbox providers and technology vendors join forces to reduce spam and message abuse on the Internet. The company also announced that Dr. Paul Mockapetris, the inventor of DNS and the company's chairman and chief scientist, will be featured as a keynote speaker at the members-only MAAWG 14th General Meeting taking place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during September 22 - 24, 2008. This event focuses its attention on the issue of mitigating Bots and Botnets on the Internet.

The meeting sessions are open to members-only and meeting information is available by clicking here. Dr. Mockapetris will be featured in the following two sessions at the event: "DNSSEC: Real World Implications" and a keynote address, "What should we learn from 25 years of the Internet: A DNS case study."

"DNS technology is used in a growing number of new applications, including combating security threats and message abuse," said Dr. Paul Mockapetris. "These security applications rely on DNS because of its ability to store and propagate the exponentially growing volume of data on threats and enforce security policy at wire-line speeds without impacting the network."

Nominum is a leader of carrier-grade and commercial DNS and DHCP technologies. The company supplies its DNS software to the world's largest networks including major cable operators, DSL broadband carriers and Internet service providers serving over 150 million households around the world. The company's DNS software is used by nearly half the global wired Internet broadband users. Click here for a partial list of global customers that leverage Nominum's DNS software.

"The ubiquity and openness of DNS is fundamental to all IP applications and users, which also makes it a network service of choice to carry out malicious activity," said Tom Tovar, Chief Executive Officer of Nominum. "Nominum is applying its DNS expertise and unique technology to not only deliver reliable and high-performance core DNS services, but a safe and secure Internet experience to nearly 150 million broadband households that rely on our servers daily."

About Nominum
Nominum's network naming and addressing solutions power the world's largest always-on networks. Nominum's Vantio is a carrier-grade caching DNS server offering highly secure, reliable, and scalable DNS services. It is the industry's highest performance caching DNS server, proven in carrier networks around the globe. Optional service delivery modules support the rapid and reliable deployment of carrier-centric services that leverage DNS. Vantio allows communication providers to deliver high quality always-on broadband internet and innovative services to their customers, including VoIP, push to talk, fixed-mobile convergence, IPTV and triple-play. For further information, visit

About the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG)
The Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) is where the messaging industry comes together to work against spam, viruses, denial-of-service attacks and other online exploitation. MAAWG ( represents almost one billion mailboxes from some of the largest network operators worldwide. It is the only organization addressing messaging abuse holistically by systematically engaging all aspects of the problem, including technology, industry collaboration and public policy. MAAWG leverages the depth and experience of its global membership to tackle abuse on existing networks and new emerging services. Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., MAAWG is an open forum driven by market needs and supported by major network operators and messaging providers.


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