benefits of dns protection

The Benefits of DNS Protection

Thinking about adopting DNS protection for your organization? It’s likely you have other security solutions in place, and you’re looking to augment your cybersecurity stack. A lot of organizations turn to DNS protection as a critical component of their zero-trust infrastructure.

Here are a few of the main benefits of a DNS security solution. 

Your perimeter is stressed, DNS security gives it a break

The perimeter has changed. In many cases, there is no perimeter to speak of. In other IT setups, your perimeter is overworked and responsible for far more than it should be. When you add DNS protection to your stack, you’re taking the pressure off of your firewall and other tools.

DNS protection is the first line of defense in the event of an attack. When you catch threats sooner, you’re freeing up critical resources.

Fend off the phishers

There are various types of phishing attacks. Hackers can choose to launch targeted campaigns, usually aiming to steal money from major companies or they can use generic phishing schemes in an attempt to get smaller payouts from a wide range of people.

With DNS security, you can stop phishing attacks. DNS filtering will block users from accessing websites used in phishing attacks. These links are commonly shared via email or text. When DNS filtering is activated, any attempted clicks won’t work. And the best DNS filtering products will use AI, meaning new threats are blocked too.

Stay safe from ransomware attacks

Ransomware has become a growing concern in 2021. In particular, our critical infrastructure is under attack. One of the ways you can avoid ransomware attacks is by adopting a DNS security product like DNSFilter.

Implementing DNS protection can save companies from making the agonizing decision of either paying the ransom or rebuilding their IT from the ground up. DNSFilter’s threat protection includes a dedicated “malware” category that encompasses ransomware. 

Keep employees on task

Employees get distracted. Especially in this age where everyone is working from home. That’s why it’s up to companies to come up with creative solutions to ensure that employees are engaged at work and distraction-free.

Another benefit of DNS protection is the ability to avoid employee downtime. DNS protection not only protects against threats, but it can also block time-wasting sites like social media, streaming platforms, gambling, and other sites that are inappropriate for work. A survey of US-based organizations found that 78 percent of employees have idle time at work, and nearly 22% of those employees experience this on a daily basis

Know what’s happening on your network

DNS protection can also help you uncover shadow IT applications. This will give you insight into where your users are spending time online, and it allows you to see DNS requests that could point to shadowy IT applications. For instance, some employees are a little impatient about waiting for new software to be approved prior to use. So shadow IT can show up in any department.

With DNS security, you’ll have the ability to see every site users are going to and if there are any attempted visits to blocked sites—or even sites that you find need to be blocked because they’re highly trafficked and shouldn’t be.

Ready to see the benefits of DNS protection for yourself?

Serena Raymond
June 8, 2021
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