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Combating DNS Security Threats

Combating DNS Security Threats
The Domain Name System (DNS) is one of the most important elements in the connection of devices to the internet. It is responsible for providing directory services for all networking resources. However, much thought was not given to its vulnerability to attacks in its design and introduction to the world of technology decades ago. Today, the cost of that mistake has generated a heated debate as the computer technology industry tries to find lasting solutions in fighting against DNS security threats.

The Need for More Secure DNS Applications

The Need for More Secure DNS Applications
Taking down a significant portion of the internet is something that would probably appeal to anarchist hacking crews such as the one depicted in the hit cable television show Mr. Robot. Alarmingly, such an attack is plausible due to the nature and vulnerability of the Domain Name System. As one of the most crucial internet protocols, DNS applications has been around for more than 30 years, but it has not marched in step with the development of security solutions.

DNS Security: The World of DNS is Under Attack

DNS Security: The World of DNS is Under Attack
Dns security was not planned for or provided in the original design of the Domain Name System (DNS). Security was added later through the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), through Request for Comment 3833 (RFC3833). The RFC contemplates the various threats to DNS that have arisen just over the last decade. DNS emerged before there was any consideration of threats to DNS, and the RFC calls this a dangerous cart-before-the-horse approach that is now regrettable.

Darwin Proves an Attractive Platform for Educational DNS Application Development

Darwin Proves an Attractive Platform for Educational DNS Application Development
Very few DNS applications run natively on the OS X platform. There are a few situations where system administrators might want to interface OS X client computers with a name server running another operating system. This lack of OS X support presents an interesting quandary to those working in Canadian colleges. Countless educational institutions in Canada use desktops and laptops that run on OS X. The Macintosh platform is extremely popular among educators, but it's rare to find an OS X server system.

Configuring DNS Security in Windows Server

Configuring DNS Security in Windows Server
Microsoft has claimed that the majority of Windows Server machines aren't properly configured when it comes to dns security. Many system administrators think that they're protected when they're not. DNS security subroutines aren't actually switched on by default in most versions of the operating system, which means that only users who have taken the time to configure the software are actually secured. This is an extremely dangerous situation, but it's easily remedied. Configuring DNS security on a Windows Server machine takes less than 15 minutes. Configuration is the same on all machines regardless of whether they display prompts in English or French.