The Role of DNS Security in Protecting Smartphones & Wearables
Company-issued smartphones and wearables have become indispensable tools in the modern business landscape, offering unparalleled convenience but also posing significant security risks. As these devices handle sensitive data, any security breach can have catastrophic consequences for your organization.
In this blog post, you’ll find out how implementing DNS Security can act as a first line of defense, providing a secure framework that not only protects these devices from various cyber threats but also instills confidence in the secure handling of corporate data.
DNS Security Features
1. DNS Filtering
- What it does: Blocks access to malicious domains and content.
- How it helps: If an employee accidentally clicks on a phishing link on their company-issued smartphone, DNS filtering can prevent the device from connecting to the malicious site, thereby protecting sensitive company data from being exposed.
2. DNSSEC (DNS Security Extensions)
- What it does: Ensures data integrity and authentication through DNS data signing.
- How it helps: If an attacker tries to intercept or redirect the traffic from a company-issued smartphone or smartwatch to gain access to confidential emails or messages, DNSSEC would help in validating the authenticity of the destination server, safeguarding communication confidentiality.
3. DDoS Protection
- What it does: Protects against Distributed Denial of Service attacks.
- How it helps: In a scenario where company-issued devices are targeted by a DDoS attack intending to disrupt business operations, this protection ensures that the devices remain functional and accessible, minimizing business interruption.
4. Rate Limiting
- What it does: Limits the number of requests from a single IP to prevent abuse.
- How it helps: If an attacker tries to overwhelm the company’s network by targeting smartphones and wearables with a flood of DNS requests, rate limiting can prevent the network from being incapacitated, preserving the connectivity and functionality of these devices.
5. Threat Intelligence
- What it does: Integrates real-time feeds of known malicious domains for proactive blocking.
- How it helps: Threat intelligence helps in identifying and blocking newly registered or recognized malicious domains, preventing the devices from downloading malicious apps or connecting to dangerous sites, thereby securing company assets and data.
6. Domain Whitelisting
- What it does: Permits connections only to predefined safe domains.
- How it helps: With whitelisting, company smartphones are restricted to communicating only with trusted servers and domains, significantly reducing the risk of data breaches through connections to malicious sites or services.
It’s imperative to bolster security at the device level. By leveraging DomainSure’s robust security features, smartphones and wearables can be equipped with advanced protective mechanisms. Start by activating inherent security features like secure boot processes, and encrypted storage solutions to safeguard sensitive data stored on these devices. These provisions not only fortify the devices but also seamlessly integrate with DomainSure’s unyielding protection for high-value domain names, ensuring a holistic security environment.
Network Monitoring is crucial for maintaining a secure and efficient operational environment. DomainSure’s vigilant monitoring services constantly scrutinize all aspects of your Domain & DNS, providing real-time assurance that everything is secure and functional. This continuous monitoring is instrumental in identifying and promptly responding to unusual or suspicious behaviors and activities occurring within the network traffic of smartphones and wearables. With services like DNS Change Notices, TLS/SSL Certificate Expiry alerts, and detection of unauthorized changes, you’re always in the know and in control, preemptively addressing potential risks before they escalate.
Creating and enforcing rigorous security policies is a non-negotiable aspect of securing devices and protecting sensitive data. These policies should guide employees on responsible and secure usage of company-issued smartphones and wearables.
With DomainSure, you’re not only formulating policies but also reinforcing them with features like Whois Privacy set by default, Never Expire Protection, and a Never Monetize Guarantee. The inclusion of Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) mechanisms further elevates security measures, providing an added layer of protection and assurance for device users.
Additionally, DomainSure’s commitment to industry-leading account recovery and lock release security measures ensures that your devices and domains are shielded from the myriad of cyber threats lurking in the digital landscape.
Risk Mitigation and Threat Detection
DomainSure takes a proactive stance towards risk mitigation and threat detection. The service diligently performs blacklist scanning and Darkweb checks, casting a wide net to identify and neutralize threats preemptively. Moreover, DomainSure excels in phishing detection and takedown, utilizing advanced machine learning techniques to identify and monitor potential threats targeting your users through fake sites. This capability to analyze variants of your key domains in near real-time is invaluable in safeguarding your employees and corporate assets from the ever-evolving spectrum of cyber threats.
The cornerstone of DomainSure’s offering is its industry-leading Commercial Grade DNS, included in every protection level. The Set-and-Forget-DNSSEC™, provided by our esteemed sister company EasyDNS, ensures that your domains are not only secure but also consistently available and reliable. With a legacy of trust and reliability since 1998, EasyDNS has positioned itself as a premier managed DNS provider, making it an ideal companion to DomainSure’s comprehensive suite of security solutions and services.
DNS Security plays a crucial role in protecting company-issued smartphones and wearables by filtering out malicious content, ensuring data integrity, and preventing various types of cyber attacks. Implementing DNS Security should be part of a broader, layered security strategy to effectively safeguard devices and the sensitive data they handle in a corporate environment. To see how DomainSure can improve your corporate device security layers today, feel free to take advantage of our free domain portfolio analysis and one of our experienced account executives will be glad to help you.