A Global U.S. Defense Agency
DNS Firewall Protects a Global U.S. Defense Network from Millions of Malicious Queries Every Day
With hundreds of thousands of uniformed and non-uniformed employees around the world, this U.S. defense organization depends on its network, which links hundreds of bases globally, to be constantly secure and available.
The organization was experiencing millions of events per day. Some were known to be malicious. Others were unexplained, but were known to originate from malicious IP spaces or to be destined for countries known for nefarious activity. With this volume of bad traffic, the agency was struggling to maintain blacklists.
An audit in 2011 revealed only the most basic ability to identify the sources of communications to malicious destinations. They could be identified at the base level, but every base has thousands of devices. The agency needed to pinpoint the IP addresses of infected devices. In addition, mandates from regulatory agencies required the ability to inject blacklisting feeds from other agencies into the customer’s own list.
The Infoblox Solution
The agency already had an extensive Infoblox installation with hundreds of Infoblox appliances and high-availability Infoblox Grids™ at two central locations. Adding DNS security to this vast network was a simple matter of installing 36 Infoblox 4010 appliances running Infoblox DNS Firewall at all the customer’s regional boundaries and Grid Masters. DNS Firewall has its own feed for current malware data, and it prevents DNS-exploiting malware from communicating with botnets or exfiltrating sensitive information.
Now outbound communications with command-and-control servers and botnets can be disrupted and redirected to internal servers for analysis. Malware data feeds from other agencies can be incorporated into the DNS Firewall feed for blocking. And already-infected devices can be identified and quarantined or remediated.