DNS Services and Security

DNS Security and Services

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DNS is critical to the Internet and to everyone and everything that connect to it. Every web request, whether from a business, an individual user, or a connected device, begins with a DNS query. The importance of DNS not only makes it vulnerable to attacks, it carries major implications for anyone responsible for service infrastructure, Internet security, or web performance and reliability. Indeed, the criticality of DNS must be weighed into any decision related to its design, implementation, and use.

DNS as a platform may be a standard, but not all DNS services are created equal.

The trick is to understand not only how DNS is applied in these scenarios, but also what to look for in DNS solutions. DNS may be a standard, but not all DNS is created equal. Keep reading to learn more and bookmark this page to remain up to date!

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Why Akamai for DNS Services?

  • As an Internet cloud delivery platform, DNS is rooted in Akamai’s core.

    • Our mapping system leverages DNS to ensure the fastest and highest quality delivery of Internet content.
    • Our DNS technology defends our customers against DDoS attacks and targeted threats, enables new revenue streams for ISPs, and helps cloud applications perform better.
    • Our recursive DNS solutions serve over 50 million Internet subscribers for many of the world’s largest ISPs and protect enterprises from targeted threats.
    • Our contributions to DNS standards are changing the way DNS is used and implemented throughout the world.
    • And we continue to innovate in the DNS space in new ways: Mining DNS data to gather and integrate security intelligence into our enterprise and cloud security portfolios; supplementing the base protocol with a highly scalable, distributed policy engine; and building a fully-managed DNS platform as a service (PaaS) offer for ISPs.

DNS for Websites

  • Akamai DNS Security Resources
    It’s one thing to simply build a website and make it available to customers and prospects. Building a great website — one that’s always available and performs at a level that delights your customers — is an entirely different matter. And because access to your website begins with a DNS query, your great website requires great DNS! Great DNS is able to fend off Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) and other types of attacks. Whether implemented as a primary or secondary service, great DNS can improve the overall responsiveness and performance of your website. Indeed, great DNS can be critical to the success of not only of your website, but also your business. Learn more about how secure and reliable DNS can impact the effectiveness of your website.

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  • Whitepaper: Designing DNS for Availability and Resiliency against DDoS Attacks
    Understand why DNS has to consider more than just capacity when architecting for large DDoS attacks.

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DNS for the Enterprise

  • The enterprise threat landscape is evolving fast. Advanced threats such as malware and ransomware are increasing in volume and becoming more effective at circumventing traditional security approaches. In addition, increasingly sophisticated threat delivery combined with the adoption of SaaS, Cloud, and IoT in the enterprise, has introduced new visibility, control, and security gaps. Every web request from the enterprise begins with DNS, making it the perfect control point to secure enterprise-wide visibility into web requests and apply security policy. Cloud-based recursive DNS infrastructure combined with global visibility and threat intelligence can help enterprises quickly detect, identify, and mitigate advanced threats, all while enforcing an acceptable Internet-use policy across the enterprise.

  • Whitepaper: Akamai Expands Security Portfolio for Enterprise Customers
    Secure application access and DNS protection are first out of the gate

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Additional Resources

  • White Paper: Digging Deeper – An In-Depth Analysis of a Fast Flux Network
    Sophisticated and large-scale botnets are increasingly used to execute innovative attacks, evading detection with advanced Fast Flux techniques. Akamai’s security researchers have gleaned new and unique insights on the behavior of such Fast Flux networks.

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  • Paper: Adopt DNS Best Practices to Proactively Protect Against Malware
    The cyber threat landscape is dynamic and accelerating. These DNS best practices, when coupled with an enterprise threat protection service, will aid you in identifying, blocking, and mitigating advanced, targeted threats.

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  • White Paper: Is DNS Your Security Achilles Heel?
    Targeted threats exploit recursive DNS to infect and control devices, as well as to exfiltrate sensitive data. Read more about this security vulnerability.

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  • DNS Blogs
    Get insights and thought leadership from Akamai’s DNS specialists.

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  • White Paper: End-User Mapping: Next-Generation Request Routing for Content Delivery

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  • White Paper: Designing DNS for Availability and Resiliency against DDoS Attacks
    Understand why DNS has to consider more than just capacity when architecting for large DDoS attacks.

    Read the White Paper