In a digital world, organizations and individuals rely on the internet daily for a limitless number of essential tasks. Internet users count on organizations to maintain online service availability and to protect their data privacy. Users need to be able to trust that digital brands are authentic i.e. that brands are who they say they are. Unfortunately, digital brand trust is increasingly threatened by vulnerabilities in the internet’s very foundation: The Domain Name System, or DNS.
Every single online action starts with the DNS. Whether for shopping, banking, paying a tax bill, or connecting with an enterprise service delivery system — any browsing purpose at all — the DNS directs requests to the online destinations, content and applications sought by users. The DNS is absolutely central to the internet and how it operates. It is this very criticality that has made the DNS vulnerable to abuse. Hijacking, spoofing, man-in-the middle attacks, and other threats that can disrupt an organization’s online operations with disastrous consequences for brand reputations and user security.
Domain Name System Security Extensions, or DNSSEC, helps defend against DNS security threats. Unfortunately, many organizations choose not to adopt DNSSEC because it’s difficult to set up and manage.
Traditional, manual practices for DNS management and the common practice of using multiple DNS services have made DNSSEC deployment cumbersome, inefficient, and costly. There is a solution: consolidating all domains and DNS services under a unified, automated environment can simplify and secure organizations’ at-risk internet operations.
In this guide to DNSSEC, we’ll explain what DNSSEC is, how it works, and why it’s important. We’ll identify the obstacles to implementing DNSSEC and show how a simplified approach to DNS management makes effective deployment possible. Without DNSSEC, organizations and their users are increasingly at risk.