Infoblox Adds DDoS Defense to DNS Server
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Infoblox Inc. (BLOX), the automated network control company, today introduced the Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection solution, the first Domain Name System (DNS) appliance with integrated defenses against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, cache poisoning, malformed queries, tunneling and other DNS security threats.
By building defense directly into a fortified DNS server, the Infoblox solution can deliver protection that is stronger, more intelligent and more comprehensive than what is possible today with separate external security solutions.
DNS is the address book for every destination on the Internet, translating domain names such as “infoblox.com” into IP addresses such as 188.8.131.52. Businesses, government agencies and other organizations can’t function without fast and accurate DNS service for both incoming and outgoing traffic. Because DNS must be open to everyone on the Internet, DNS servers are a tempting target for cyber-criminals, “hacktivists” and other malicious groups. Traditional approaches to network security don’t emphasize protection of this critical infrastructure, which may leave DNS vulnerable to internal and external attacks.
DDoS attacks, which seek to knock sites offline with a flood of malicious traffic, have been an especially fast-growing threat. “DDoS challenges have spiked for enterprises in 2013,” noted Lawrence Orans of the research firm Gartner in a recent report.* “Gartner estimates that its DDoS inquiry level quadrupled from September 2012 through September 2013. An increase of higher-volume and application-based DDoS attacks on corporate networks will force Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and security teams to find new, proactive solutions for reducing downtime.”
The security features of Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection provide multiple levels of defense, including:
Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection defends against a wide range of DNS threats, including cache poisoning, which inserts rogue IP addresses into a DNS cache; malformed DNS queries, which can crash a DNS server; and tunneling, which can be used to smuggle out stolen data.
“Security is better when it’s built in, not bolted on,” said Steve Nye, executive vice president of product strategy and corporate development at Infoblox. “By intelligently integrating security directly into a DNS appliance, Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection delivers a depth of defense against DNS attacks that is far more robust and insightful than relying on a jumble of separate devices and services.”
Telecommunications and Internet service providers can be especially vulnerable to DNS threats, because an attack on their DNS infrastructure could disrupt connectivity for all their customers, leading to potential loss of revenue and reputation. Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection offers a range of appliances, including high-capacity models purpose-built for carrier-grade performance, making it possible to spot DNS DDoS attacks and other threats before service is significantly compromised. Service providers often have greater needs than other businesses to receive timely updates against new threats and to continually adjust their security posture – both made easier with Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection.
Pricing and Availability
The Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection solution – consisting of the Infoblox Advanced Appliance and the Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection Service – is expected to be available in January 2014. Pricing information is available immediately from Infoblox sales representatives and channel partners.