Can DNS Security Block Phishing?

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Paul Mockapetris, Chief Scientist at ThreatSTOP

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Phishing is a serious threat faced by all businesses and individuals. It may seem as though there is no way to stop phishing scams, but DNS security can help. Watch the video below as we explain how ThreatSTOP uses protective DNS for blocking phishing and other cybersecurity issues. What Are Phishing Attacks? Most users are aware of phishing. It is a type of cyberattack that involves tricking users into giving their information to bad actors on the internet. This can be done through malicious websites that are masquerading as legitimate entities. It can also be done through fraudulent emails or text messages. Information gained can be usernames and passwords, credit card details, social security numbers or banking information. How Can DNS Security Prevent Phishing? Protective DNS uses a filtering technique to determine if a website is malicious. A database of known, malicious websites is kept on the DNS server. If a user attempts to click on one of these websites, access is prevented. An excellent security system, like those offered through ThreatSTOP, regularly updates so that the database has access to the latest threats. The Limitations of DNS Some phishing attacks come in the form of emails, text messages or even phone calls that ask users to provide sensitive data. Your users must be made aware of the possibility of falling prey to one of these attempts. This is particularly true if a bad actor asks for a text or phone call that cannot be overseen by security software. This is why adopting DNS protection should be part of an overall strategy that includes education about internet safety. Security blocks offer an important safety net, but awareness of phishing is needed as well. As phishing attempts become more and more advanced, It is not enough to rely on a user’s ability to detect fraudulent activity on their own. A protective DNS service must be put into place. Call ThreatSTOP today to how we can protect you from these cyberattacks.
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ThreatSTOP was started in 2009 with a mission: Give organizations of any size the same cybersecurity protection that Fortune 1000 companies have. Few companies have the resources to curate threat intelligence feeds and update network devices to block real-time threats. ThreatSTOP automates network security, converting the latest threat data into enforcement policies, and blocking attacks before they become breaches.