Cybersecurity breach headlines have rolled in constantly and consistently over the past few years. The incidents keep rolling in, and the consequences seemingly get more and more dire.
You would think that with such a regular stream of reminders, businesses and other organizations would begin to understand the importance of taking action to prevent data breaches. But a troubling new report from Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) shows the opposite is true.
Many employers are now taking on a resigned attitude of inevitability regarding cyber protections. These organizations seem to believe a hack is a matter of not if, but when. As a result, they are forgoing basic prevention measures to thwart attacks.
Ironically, this attitude may be increasing the frequency of attacks that could have been easily and affordably prevented.
DNS Firewalls: Basic, Effective Protection
According to the authors of the GCA report, Domain Name System (DNS) firewalls, which are available for free and simple to install, have the potential to prevent about one-third of cyber attacks. Verizon’s long-running Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) has investigated roughly 11,000 breaches. Of them, 3,668 were determined to be preventable had users simply deployed a DNS firewall.
DNS essentially is a naming system that helps direct traffic on the internet. When a user inputs the address for a site (say, Lunarline.com), the DNS translates this to a numerical address to make the connection. Typically, a user’s internet service provider (ISP) configures the DNS.
Hackers have long taken advantage of holes in the internet’s infrastructure, capitalizing on DNS translation to direct users to malicious sites. However, a DNS firewall is capable of shutting down this method. This firewall leverages intelligence from leading cybersecurity analysts to warn the user and prevent the connection.
Leading voices in the cybersecurity industry have claimed that attacks are essentially inevitable. Although this may help influence some organizations to enhance their incident response activities, it has an unfortunate side effect: Other organizations might be inviting preventable attacks and experiences data breaches more frequently than necessary. So, make sure your organization is taking action by configuring your networks for critical basic prevention.
Lunarline can help you get your systems configured for defense. For information on the services we offer, contact us today.