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A Year in Review: Google .zip TLD DNS Security Challenges

One year after Google .zip TLD (Top Level Domains)’s launch, we take a retrospective look at the TLD impact on DNS security. The introduction of domain extensions mimicking common file extensions was met with both excitement and concern. While it opened new avenues for legitimate use, it also posed significant security challenges, particularly in the realms of phishing campaigns and malware distribution. This research was conducted by our DNS Threat Intelligence experts: Raphael Houver and Alexandre Gault. Research Overview EfficientIP...

DNS Threat Intelligence for Healthcare Networks

Healthcare institutions are proving to be increasingly targeted for cyberattacks such as DDoS and ransomware, causing life-threatening impact as well as severe breach damage costs. As it ensures seamless connectivity to important systems and services, enabling timely access to critical information, DNS is a top target and attack vector for cybercriminals. It’s therefore no surprise that the IDC 2023 Global DNS Threat Report emphasizes specialized DNS Security, incorporating DNS Threat Intelligence, to be mandatory for proactive network security. Enlarged threat...

Top 5 Trends: Network Automation and Security in 2024

2023 turned out to be another interesting year for Network and Security teams. With the worrying geo-political situation affecting supplies and costs, and network complexity rising, organizations struggled to keep control of their IT architectures. Two important concerns continued to rise. Poor visibility over IT network activity has made them increasingly difficult to manage, and cybercriminals are launching more increasingly-sophisticated attacks, often exploiting DNS. So to take back control over network operations in 2024, observability, network automation and DNS Threat...

New EfficientIP DNS Intelligence Center: Fortifying DNS Security

Organizations are faced with two pressing security concerns today. Poor visibility over IT network activity has made them increasingly difficult to manage. And at the same time, cybercriminals are launching more attacks, often exploiting DNS, and using diverse tactics designed to exploit this lack of visibility. To address these challenges, EfficientIP is announcing the commercial launch of two groundbreaking products: DNS Intelligence Center (DNS IC) and DDI Observability Center (DDI OC). Read on to discover how they leverage DNS threat...

DNS Threat Intelligence for Telco Networks

Telecommunications is everywhere, enabling businesses across all industries to collaborate, and employees to communicate. Compounded by 5G and IoT, telcos manage increasingly complex infrastructures and store a large amount of sensitive data. It’s therefore no wonder they are the highest attacked vertical, as confirmed by IDC’s 2023 DNS Threat Report. From personal use to government level, proactive protection of telco networks is critical. For this, insights gained from DNS Threat Intelligence are now recognized as being foundational. Ever-Evolving Networks Increase...

DNS Threat Intelligence for Higher Education Networks

With IT staff struggling to protect legacy networks on tight budgets, it’s no wonder schools and universities are top targets for cybercriminals. Sprawling campuses handling BYoD and multiple IoT devices, together with frequent ransomware attacks and compliance regulations add to the difficulty. The 2023 IDC Threat Survey found that 90% of institutions each suffer on average 8 DNS attacks per year, with every attack costing $1.15M in damages. The report goes on to provide recommendations on how Higher Ed can...

New IDC Report: DNS Threat Intelligence for Proactive Defense

Year after year, the impacts and costs of DNS attacks continue to rise, causing severe damage. Based on a survey of 1,000 security experts, the new 2023 IDC Threat Report shows 90% of organizations suffered DNS attacks, costing $1.1M each. Highlighting the fundamental role of DNS in network security strategies, the report confirms that it is time now more than ever to strengthen protection via a purpose-built, integrated DNS security solution. DNS threat intelligence offers evolution to proactive defense, while...

Elevate DNS Threat Intelligence for Proactive Network Security

Cyberattacks are becoming more frequent and increasingly sophisticated, and there is a proliferation of devices and infrastructure diversity. Consequently, network security risk is at an all-time high for enterprises across all industries. For strengthening security and helping move organizations along their zero trust path, EfficientIP is unleashing a brand new product known as DNS Threat Pulse that brings DNS Threat Intelligence security feed for proactive defense against cyber threats. In addition, the upcoming release 8.3 of SOLIDserver brings augmented application...

Network Security for Higher Education: The Key Role of DNS

Last year, Education and Research were the top targets for cybercriminals, according to a study by Check Point. With remote learning becoming normal, bad actors are finding new ways to leverage techniques such as phishing and ransomware, often using DNS as an attack target or a vector. IDC’s 2022 Global DNS Threat Report shows that 84% of schools and universities were victims of DNS attacks in the past 12 months. The report then goes on to provide recommendations on how purpose-built DNS...

DNS Security for Healthcare: Controlling Connected Devices and Protecting Patient Data

Over the past few years, healthcare organizations have been rapidly moving towards connected devices and cloud, driven by digital transformation projects and accelerated by the pandemic. However, to allow operating with complete trust, cybersecurity solutions need to keep pace with new telehealth/telemedicine technologies adopted which due to their criticality for patient health must be “always on”. Above all, network infrastructure needs to be reliable, connected medical devices have to be controlled in terms of what infrastructure they are allowed to...

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