Reducing DNS Risk Exposure
The Domain Name System (DNS) has evolved a long way since first being designed in 1982 and released in 1983, with current implementations of DNS based on standards from as far back as 1987.
Even though the DNS is a product of the 1980s, the demands placed on it today are very different to 20 years ago. Today the DNS underpins everything that is conducted over the Internet and is required to deliver against high transactional volumes, fast response times while maintaining 100% uptime in what is a pretty hostile environment.
The rise of mobile applications and end-user expectations is generating more traffic with expectations of almost instantaneous response times. Users are expecting online experiences to be as fast and reliable as using local applications and localised content.
Technically, DNS is also expected to support IPv6 and DNSSEC which are crucial to delivering the next stage of growth for the Internet and for the next generation of online services.
As Chief Technology Officer for Melbourne IT, every day I see customers spending a lot of effort, time and money on improving their online applications/sites from a development and infrastructure perspective. Unfortunately the role and importance of DNS in delivering a service to the end-user is often overlooked, resulting in poor end-user experience – as well as allowing DDOS attacks to impact online services and brand reputation.
The recent high-profile GoDaddy incident highlights the impact when the DNS is affected. I am contacting all our large customers to encourage them to consider upgrading their DNS infrastructure to a stronger platform which was designed for today’s demanding online environment. We can deliver this infrastructure with a 100% SLA and manage your transition seamlessly. It is a very inexpensive way to significantly lower the risk to your organisation’s uptime.
If you are interested in learning more about DNS assurance (e.g DNS Assurance or citical DNS), we’d be happy to explain it further – just let me know.