Intelligent CISO Issue 16 - Page 27

HOW CAN ORGANISATIONS PREVENT DNS ATTACKS? E fficientIP, a leading specialist in DNS security for service continuity, user protection and data confidentiality, has announced the results of its 2019 Global DNS Threat Report, sponsored research conducted by market intelligence firm IDC. Well-publicised cyberattacks such as WannaCry and NotPetya caused financial and reputational damage to organisations across the world. The impact caused by DNS-based attacks is as important due to its mission-critical role. Over the past year, organisations faced on average more than nine DNS attacks, an increase of 34%. Costs too went up 49%, meaning one in five businesses lost over US$1 million per attack and causing app downtime for 63% of those attacked. Other issues highlighted by the study, now in its fifth year, include the broad range and changing popularity of attack types, ranging from volumetric to low signal, including phishing, 47%, malware- based attacks, 39%, and old-school DDoS, 30%. Also highlighted were the greater consequences of not securing the DNS network layer against all possible attacks. No sector was spared, leaving organisations open to a range of advanced effects from compromised brand reputation to losing business. Romain Fouchereau, Research Manager European Security at IDC, said: “With | Issue 16 The top impacts of DNS attacks – damaged reputation, business continuity and finances an average cost of US$1 million per attack and a constant rise in frequency, organisations just cannot afford to ignore DNS security and need to implement it as an integral part of the strategic functional area of their security posture to protect their data and services.” DNS is a central network foundation which enables users to reach all the apps they use for their daily work. Most network traffic first goes through a DNS resolution process, whether this is legitimate or malicious network activity. Any impact on DNS performance has major business implications. Three-in-five, 63%, of organisations suffered application downtime, 45% had their websites compromised and one-quarter, 27%, experienced business downtime as a direct consequence. These could all potentially lead to serious NISD (Network and Information Security Directive) penalties. In addition, one-quarter, 26%, of businesses had lost brand equity due to DNS attacks. Data theft via DNS continues to be a problem. To protect against this, organisations are prioritising securing network endpoints, 32%, and looking for better DNS traffic monitoring, 29%. 27