CIRA’s new offline protection feature provides

OTTAWA, Sept. 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CIRA is releasing offline protection for the CIRA DNS firewall service to extend cybersecurity protection to users when they are not connected to their corporate networks.

As employees embrace hybrid work from more devices and students continue to learn on the go with mobile networks—from coffee shops, shared workspaces, or other locations—CIRA is leveraging its expertise to offer a new layer of protection to public and private institutions. for across the country.

By monitoring and analyzing DNS traffic, CIRA DNS Firewall blocks users from accessing malicious websites, prevents phishing attacks, and stops network-based malware from accessing the Internet. To accompany the implementation of its new protection feature, CIRA is launching an easy-to-deploy application that enables privacy, security and content filtering outside the security perimeter of an organization’s original network. This cloud-based endpoint protection secures devices against cyber threats over VPN and offline without affecting device performance or requiring specialized hardware.

The CIRA DNS Firewall is a fundamental way for CIRA to help create a trusted Internet for Canadians. The solution currently supports more than 200 institutions in the primary, high school and higher education sectors, dozens of municipalities and many customers in the government, healthcare and charity sectors. More than three million users across the country rely on the work setup solution to keep their organizations up and running. The technology that drives DNS Firewall is also what enables CIRA to offer Canadian Shield, a protected DNS household, to millions of users’ non-work devices and networks.


“The workforce is more mobile than ever. Off-grid protection will help protect Canadian institutions and strengthen their defense in depth strategies. Adapting to a changing work environment without compromising security or network integrity is a priority for IT professionals, and we are proud to support them in this endeavour,” said John Ferguson, General Manager of Cyber ​​Security and DNS Services at CIRA.


Basic elements

  • Allow administrators to manage and configure multiple corporate and public networks
  • Monitor threat activity, identify threats and infected devices
  • Extend the ability of IT departments to adjust access to websites based on their content categories in out-of-office environments
  • Manage groups of devices and networks. individual devices and teams can have unique filtering policies and be assigned to multiple computers and devices or networks.
  • Available on Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS and Chrome

About CIRA
CIRA manages the .CA top-level domain on behalf of all Canadians. CIRA also develops technologies and services, such as CIRA DNS Firewall and CIRA Canadian Shield, that help support its goal of creating a trusted Internet for Canadians. The CIRA team operates one of the fastest-growing country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), a high-performance global DNS network, and one of the world’s most advanced back-end registry solutions.

About CIRA DNS Firewall
CIRA DNS Firewall is a cost-effective layer of protection that monitors and analyzes DNS traffic to block users from accessing malicious websites, prevent phishing attacks, and even block malware that is already on the network from accessing the Internet. Located exclusively in Canadian data centers and connected to Canadian Internet Exchanges, the CIRA DNS Firewall is powered by Akamai’s DNS infrastructure and Security and Personalization Services (SPS) solutions.

Media contacts:
Delfina Awomo Ewuna
Communications Specialist, CIRA
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