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Defenz DNS Firewall consuming CERT NZ’s local threat feed

Defenz DNS Firewall protects Internet users from phishing attacks, malware, ransomware and botnets helping to manage online security risks.

Devdiscourse News Desk | Wellington | Updated: 04-08-2020 06:56 IST | Created: 04-08-2020 06:56 IST
Defenz DNS Firewall consuming CERT NZ’s local threat feed
Defenz already draws on an international cyber threat feed curated by Akamai which analyses global DNS traffic. Image Credit: Flickr

InternetNZ is pleased to announce its security product, Defenz DNS Firewall is now consuming CERT NZ's local threat feed.

Defenz DNS Firewall protects Internet users from phishing attacks, malware, ransomware and botnets helping to manage online security risks.

Defenz already draws on an international cyber threat feed curated by Akamai which analyses global DNS traffic. The feed is updated in real-time, taking roughly five minutes from detection to blocking.

InternetNZ's Commercial Director, David Morrison, says the combination of both international and national intelligence broadens the number of security risks detected, with more threat feeds expected to be added later this year.

"It's important to InternetNZ to keep adding intelligence to Defenz to make sure our customers are protected from known security threats," says Morrison.

"We're thrilled to have introduced CERT NZ's threat feed to Defenz and are already seeing New Zealand specific threats blocked by the product as a result."

"Phishing is consistently the initial vector of compromise for many of the incidents we see. The CERT NZ threat feed was created to give users a significant boost in their cyber defences by blocking access to malicious sites that have been reported to us," says Declan Ingram, Deputy Director at CERT NZ.

In 2019, CERT NZ saw 1,934 reports of phishing and credential harvesting, up 25% from 2018.

15% of reports made to CERT NZ in 2019 had some form of financial loss, with a total value of $16.7 million.

"Cybersecurity attacks can result in big financial and reputational damage for organisations, says Morrison.

"Defence identifies and stops online threats at the DNS layer, complementing an organisation's security stack and supporting efforts to avoid organisational damage."


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