Duane Wessels

Duane Wessels, a fellow at Verisign, focuses on data analysis and Domain Name System Security Extension projects. He brings over 15 years of experience working in the data analysis and research fields.

Prior to joining Verisign in 2010, Duane was the director of the Domain Name System Operations Analysis Research Center, where he developed tools and services, organized workshops, and recruited new members.

Duane is an active participant in various Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers multi-stakeholder community groups, including the Root Server System Advisory Committee, the Root Zone Evolution Review Committee and the Root Server System Governance Working Group. Duane is also an active member of the Internet Engineering Task Force DNS Operations working group, the North American Network Operators’ Group, and DNS-OARC. He has also served on the board of directors for both NANOG and DNS-OARC, and has co-authored several internet Request for Comments.

Duane holds a Master of Science in telecommunications from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science in physics from Washington State University.

Recent posts by Duane Wessels:

Verisign’s Perspective on Recent Root Server Attacks

On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2015, some of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS) root name servers received large amounts of anomalous traffic. Last week the root server operators published a report on the incident. In the interest of further transparency, I’d like to take this opportunity to share Verisign’s perspective, including how we identify, handle and react, as necessary, to events such as this.