Executive Summary

The Domain Name System (DNS) is a first principle—an existing self-evident assumption that cannot be replaced by any other proposition. Organizations cannot afford to continue looking further down the attack cycle for remedies or cures when the security of the enterprise is threatened or breached. It is time to start security strategy where attackers start—by exploiting DNS. This report outlines the key forces and factors impacting the modern security operations center and suggests critical questions organizations must ask of DNS security vendors as they look to leverage the very foundation of networks themselves as a new source of security intelligence and a bold opportunity to stop malicious traffic before it has the chance to start.

The call to action here is simple: Reprioritize DNS as a foundational strategic security operations efficiency tool that detects threats and vulnerabilities earlier and closer to the endpoints in question. 


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