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08 October 2014
Cloudmark has launched a specialised security platform, designed to provide carrier-grade protection against DNS threats.
The solution allows enterprises
and service providers to quickly identify and block these DNS
threats in a bid to protect their businesses and
Cloudmark has noted a rise in DNS-related attacks, with hackers
finding new ways of exploiting infrastructure and creating
"In today’s security environment, organisations
must go beyond traditional preventative measures to protect
against botnets, malware, viruses and attacks," said Neil Cook,
CTO at Cloudmark. "It’s crucial to have a layered
defence that addresses vulnerabilities throughout a
Typically, DNS attacks are not blocked by standard security
measures and Cook said that by addressing this problem,
organisations will be able to prevent costly network
A recent study from Cloudmark found that at one organisation,
up to 40% of DNS traffic was malicious.
Patrick Donegan, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, said that
criminals are actively targeting weak DNS security systems,
meaning they are able to hijack subscriber devices, hide
malware communications and "wreak havoc" on service providers
with DDoS attacks.
"Service providers and enterprises need to take steps to
proactively address their DNS security posture to ensure their
entire infrastructure is properly protected," Donegan
In August, VimpelCom’s Beeline in Russia
partnered with Cloudmark for its phishing and virus