Targeting of the Domain Name System (DNS) by cybercriminals is on the rise, yet it’s also one of the most overlooked areas when IT teams build their defenses. As a result, organizations are increasingly susceptible to becoming the victims of malware payloads and the exfiltration of sensitive information.

To better understand the attack patterns hitting company networks, we decided to create The Infoblox DNS Threat Index to measure the creation of malicious domains. In other words, we’re looking at the formation of cyberattack infrastructure, understanding that as infrastructure is built, an increase in attacks is likely to soon follow. According to our latest report for the second quarter of 2015 (our research, powered by IID, analyzes three years of data), DNS threats are up year over year by 58 percent, while infrastructure for phishing attacks, one of the most common types of DNS attack, rose 78 percent year over year.

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