Carriers see security as a vital component of their five-year strategies and expect to increase spending on security in 2018 according to the Telecoms.com Annual Industry Survey 2017. Is security a good business opportunity for Carriers?
Carriers providing value-added services need to protect both their network infrastructure and their end-customers from internet threats. New threats are constantly emerging but remodeling your security architecture to address each new threat may leave gaps in your security coverage. Bolting-on third-party products to fill gaps isolates your core architecture from change but creates complexity and management challenges such as multiple operating consoles and data integration barriers. Are carriers fighting a losing battle?
Service providers looking to enhance and secure the online experience for their residential and business subscribers often struggle to find solutions that are easy for their customers to configure and use – particularly when it comes to setting policies that carry across fixed, mobile and converged networks. This type of simple, seamless management is actually a key distinguishing feature of Nominum N2 solutions. And not just from a “here’s what our products can do” perspective, but from a “here’s how easily your customers can do this” perspective.
Provider networks continue to experience growth in traffic, which raises costs, without corresponding growth in revenues. Accommodating this growth and increasing complexity while managing costs is forcing CSPs to assess how they build and maintain their networks. Everyone agrees everything ultimately resolves to software and fortunately there’s been considerable innovation that will support provider business imperatives.
DNS was first conceived in 1983, back when one of the most memorable movie quotes of all time was popularized: “Go ahead, make my day” (Clint Eastwood in “Sudden Impact”). The internet as we know it today did not yet exist; however, ARPANET, its predecessor network, was the exclusive domain of a small group of academics and researchers, so no one gave much thought to security. A lot has changed.
With IoT on the rise, consumers are rightfully afraid of privacy invasions. But, infected devices can serve far more sinister purposes. Herewith, we breakdown the ways a botnet works.
We just conducted our monthly Cyber Insider discussion, this time focusing on what deep analysis of new core domains reveals about new threats and zero-day malware. As a company that processes 1.7 trillion DNS queries a day and analyzes 100 billion queries a day from our global service provider customers, we are in a unique position to gain insights.
For many years ISPs in certain parts of the world have been required by their regulators/governments to redirect certain websites that were deemed malicious or suspicious. DNS offered a straightforward way to do this; and Nominum, being a DNS company, developed an early mechanism using a DNS zone file that made it simple for ISPs to comply. The technology was originally named “Malicious Domain Redirection” (MDR), and it basically allowed DNS server operators to perform a single action for a given domain name. Actions could be categorized so that each action or redirection did not have to be repeated.
The rising cost and complexity of today’s evolving cyberattacks require organizations to take a new approach to cybersecurity – one that blocks threats and malicious sites at the network level and is characterized by a closed loop model. This is particularly true for the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market, where cost constraints and limited security expertise leave Main Street businesses around the globe vulnerable to ransomware and other damaging malware.