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Tuesday, August 2 • 17:30 - 18:00
DNS Hardening - Proactive Network Security Using F5 iRules and Open Source Analysis Tools

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DNS is the engine that drives the Internet. Almost all Internet activity makes use of DNS to properly route traffic. Most times, end users and service providers set up their DNS and promptly forget about the service. Rarely do they look at the log data or analyze traffic hitting their DNS servers. Providers can limit cache server exposure through access lists. Authoritative servers can gain some protection by using Anycast addressing. But in the end, DNS typically remains vulnerable to DNS amplification attacks, DDoS and other malicious traffic and is a lynchpin for almost every network.

As a DNS service provider, we faced unique challenges. How could we offer open DNS cache resolution while protecting the integrity of our service? How could we use data collected to uncover network compromise? How could we detect and mitigate DNS attacks before they impact customer-facing services? How could we give customers the tools needed to isolate compromised machines on their LAN? This is the abbreviated story of that journey. The answers are found in the data combined with the use of open source tools including Graylog, Elasticsearch and Kibana. My hope is that sharing our experiences can make life better for your network.

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Dave Lewis

Global Security Advocate, Akamai Technologies
Dave has over two decades of industry experience. He has extensive experience in IT operations and management. Currently, Dave is a Global Security Advocate for Akamai Technologies . He is the founder of the security site Liquidmatrix Security Digest and co-host of the Liquidmatrix... Read More →

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Jim Nitterauer

Senior Security Specialist, AppRiver, LLC
Currently a Senior Security Specialist at AppRiver, LLC., his team is responsible for global network deployments and manages the SecureSurf global DNS infrastructure and SecureTide global spam & virus filtering infrastructure. He holds a CISSP certification and is well-versed in ethical... Read More →

Tuesday August 2, 2016 17:30 - 18:00
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