VeriSign Inc. (VRSN)
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VeriSign, Inc. (VeriSign) is a provider of Internet infrastructure services.

The Company provides network confidence and availability for mission-critical Internet services, such as domain name registry services and infrastructure assurance services. Its service capabilities enable real-time name resolution for a number of global top level domains (TLDs), enable domain name registration through registrars, and provide security intelligence and cloud-based network availability services to enterprise customers.

It has one reportable segment is Naming Services, which consists of Registry Services and Network Intelligence and Availability (NIA) Services. It has operations inside as well as outside the United States (U.S.). Registry Services operates the authoritative directory of all .com, .net, .cc, .tv, and .name domain names and the back-end systems for all .gov, .jobs and .edu domain names. NIA Services provides infrastructure assurance services to organizations and is comprised of Verisign iDefense Security Intelligence Services (iDefense), Managed Domain Name System (Managed DNS) Services, and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection Services.

Naming Services

Registry Services operates the authoritative directory of all .com, .net, .cc, .tv, and .name domain names and the back-end systems for all .gov, .jobs and .edu domain names. Registry Services allows individuals and organizations to establish their online identities, while providing the secure, always-on access they need to communicate and transact reliably with online audiences.

It is the registry of domain names within the .com, .net and .name generic top-level domains (gTLDs) under agreements with ICANN and also, with respect to the .com agreement, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). As a registry, it maintains the master directory of all second-level domain names in these TLDs (e.g., and Its global constellation of domain name servers provides Internet Protocol (IP) address information in response to queries, enabling the use of browsers, email systems, and other systems on the Internet. In addition, it owns and maintain the shared registration system that allows all registrars to enter new second-level domain names into the master directory and to submit modifications, transfers, re-registrations and deletions for existing second-level domain names (Shared Registration System).

NIA Services provides infrastructure assurance to organizations and is comprised of iDefense, Managed DNS and DDoS Protection Services. iDefense provides 24 hours a day, every day of the year, access to cyber intelligence related to vulnerabilities, malicious code, and global threats.

Managed DNS is a hosting service that delivers DNS resolution, improving the availability of Web-based systems. It provides DNS availability through a globally distributed, securely managed, cloud-based DNS infrastructure, allowing enterprises to save on capital expenses associated with DNS infrastructure deployment and reduce operational costs and complexity associated with DNS management. Managed DNS service provides full support for DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) compliance features and Geo Location traffic routing capabilities. DNSSEC is designed to protect the DNS infrastructure from man-in-the-middle attacks that corrupt, or poison, DNS data. Geo Location allows Website owners to customize responses for end-users based on their physical location or IP address, giving them the ability to deliver location-specific content. Customers include financial institutions, e-Commerce, and Software-as-a-service providers. Customers pay a subscription fee that varies based on the amount of DNS traffic they receive.

DDoS Protection Services supports online business continuity by providing monitoring and mitigation services against DDoS attacks. It helps companies stay online without needing to make investments in infrastructure or establish internal DDoS . As a cloud-based service, it can be deployed quickly and easily, with no customer premise equipment required. This saves time and money through operational efficiencies, support cost, and economies of scale to provide detection and protection against the DDoS attacks. Customers include financial institutions and e-commerce providers. Customers pay a subscription fee that varies depending on the customer’s network requirements.

The Company competes with Neustar, Inc., Afilias Limited, ARI Registry Services, Nominet UK, Inc.,Google Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Yahoo! Inc., Facebook, Twitter, iSight Partners, IBM X-Force, Secunia ApS, Dell SecureWorks, McAfee, Inc., Prolexic Technologies, Inc., AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications, Inc., Dyn, Inc., OpenDNS, BlueCat Networks, Inc., Infoblox Inc., Nominum, Inc. and Akamai Technologies, Inc.

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