Seventy-six percent of organizations in the USA and United Kingdom have suffered a DNS attack, with 49 percent experiencing one in the past 12 months, according to Cloudmark.
The most common DNS threats reported were DDoS (74 percent), DNS exfiltration (46 percent), DNS tunnelling (45 percent) and DNS hijacking (33 percent) by those who had suffered an attack.
Three hundred IT decision makers were polled across the USA and UK and, of those who reported suffering a DNS attack, more than half admitted to losing business critical data or revenue. An astounding third of respondents also confirmed they had lost confidential customer information. Despite these serious business implications, 44 percent of those who found it difficult to justify DNS security investment to their company felt it was because their senior management do not see DNS security as an issue and are, in fact, considered barriers to investment. This is in spite of more than half of the IT decision makers polled (55 percent) citing the theft of private or confidential data as a major concern to their organisation.
“While DDoS threats continue to be a common method of attack to siphon off valuable resources, organisations need to review their security solutions to ensure they can protect against a multitude of other attacks including DNS exfiltration and DNS tunnelling, particularly in industries where high-value data is held, such as retail and financial industries. Once an organisation’s data is in the hands of cyber-criminals, the brand reputation, customers and ultimately revenue of that organisation can be severely affected.”
Additional findings from the research include: