ePLDT first with cybersecurity badge

Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star) - February 17, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Digital business solutions enabler ePLDT Inc. continues to lead the local ICT industry in delivering best-in-class cyber security solutions as it becomes the first DNSSEC-compliant provider of DNS Security in the country.

ePLDT started implementing a fully DNSSEC-compliant DNS infrastructure
as part of its commitment to deliver a more secure internet experience for residential, mobile, and corporate users of DNS Security.

“Today’s cybercriminals and the threats they pose are ever growing in size. They have hundreds of ways to compromise DNS servers and it could lead to loss of personal information of users and mission-critical data of companies. We at ePLDT are committed to delivering groundbreaking and innovative digital solutions to our customers, while ensuring their security and protection online,” said Nerisse Ramos, ePLDT Group senior vice president and chief operating officer.

DNS or domain name system is the phonebook of the internet, matching the web addresses users type into browsers with an IP address so that they can reach the correct website.

This important function of DNS makes it prone to attacks by cybercriminals that could cause denial of service and redirecting of users to malicious websites.

DNSSEC or DNS Security Extensions provides a level of additional security where the web browser can check to make sure the DNS information is correct and was not modified.

“The advantage of this solution is that the DNS infrastructure itself is no longer vulnerable to common attacks such as DNS cache poisoning or denial of service,” ePLDT said.

To protect end-users and subscribers of the PLDT Group, Smart and Sun Cellular, ePLDT partnered with Secure64—a leading provider of genuinely secure DNS solutions that are purpose-built to be highly secure, self-protecting, and immune to malware.

The initiative will prevent the users from accessing malicious websites and ensure that access to the enterprise websites are legitimate and secure, through the use of a DNS Signer which provides a digital certificate to all enterprise domains that are subscribed and enrolled to ePLDT Secure DNS Infrastructure.

“This newly adopted DNS infrastructure greatly complements our existing cyber security portfolio and bolsters ePLDT’s Security Operations Center capabilities in monitoring and responding to threat intelligence. This, in turn, will allow our PLDT and ePLDT Secure DNS infrastructure subscribers to enjoy a more secure internet experience from end to end,” ePLDT first vice president and chief information security officer Angel Redoble said.

“With the selection of Secure64’s carrier-grade, highly reliable, extremely secure, and performant DNS platform, this carrier will now have the security tools in place to aggressively pursue their digital transformation strategy,” Secure64 chief executive officer Thad Dupper said.

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