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How to Protect Your Domain Name System From Hijacking

Large-scale domain name system hijackings — usually in the form of DNS spoofing or DDoS attacks — have been on a steady rise for years. But the unprecedented number of DNS hijackings in 2019 has prompted the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre to alert and advise organizations on the threat. Learn how to protect your domain name system from hijacking.

Securing the Foundations of the Internet

By hijacking a domain, hackers can effectively weaponize a company’s online presence.

Individuals and enterprises can both fall prey to attack, but website owners face the worst consequences.

Why the DNS Is Vulnerable

Hackers will often exploit expired or forgotten domains that companies neglect to manage.

Unused, or “orphaned,” domains are another issue: When companies manage hundreds — even thousands — of domains, it’s easy to overlook a compromised domain.

Correctly operating domains and the DNS depends upon rules and settings such as “zone files,” also known as resource records.

Inefficient change management can result in omitted or invalid DNS security settings.

Businesses have a responsibility to their customers and their bottom lines to manage the DNS far more effectively.

Defending the DNS from All Angles

1. Consolidate to one platform

2. Eliminate unwanted domains

3. Integrate change management

4. Automate DNS security

Customers and users will avoid websites they consider unsafe.

Peter LaMantia



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