Everything You Need to Know About DNS Protection

DNS Protection is vital for businesses of all sizes.

On October 21st of 2016, large chunks of the internet went dark. Websites like Twitter, PayPal, Spotify, the New York Times, Reddit, Pinterest, and many others crashed. How does that much of the internet go down all at once? In simple terms, Dyn, one of the largest domain name servers was hit with a distributed denial-of-service attack. This affected systems ran by Dyn, which housed these major platforms. Consequently, malware and botnets attacked Dyn three separate times that day. Certainly, the attacks highlighted an especially important lesson. If one of the largest DNS providers can get hacked, so can your DNS. DNS protection is vital to the security of your server. 

How does DNS protection work for your business? 

DNS Protection manages the DNS requests of the network and individual systems. When a PC connected to a server on the network requests information for a website, these requests are sent directly to hardened and secured DNS resolver servers. With over 80 URL categories, CBS DNS protection gives you granular, policy-based control to automatically block dangerous and questionable sites (such as Malware and Adult) or unwanted sites (such as streaming media). 

CBS DNS Protection automatically utilizes malware and phishing blocking. Preventing phishing and malware attacks protects your employees and network. Remember the botnets mentioned in the Dyn attacks? Botnets are a network of private, infected computers with malicious software. These infected computers are controlled as a group without the owners’ knowledge. With DNS Protection, your server filters out botnet command and control packets, making the botnets useless. 

Privacy is a key part of DNS. Our DNS uses Encrypted DNS – also known as DNS over HTTPS (DoH), which is an initiative to prevent eavesdropping and manipulation of DNS request data by third parties, whether for malicious purposes, governmental control, or commercial reasons. This mechanism encrypts all DNS requests. CBS DNS Protection combines both privacy and security with this encryption, while also supplying secure logging and connection visibility, filtering, and security controls essential to managing and protecting DNS. 

Do you want a network assessment to see the strength of your DNS? Request a FREE network assessment with one of our IT professionals today! 

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