About DNS Security

Learn how the Palo Alto Networks DNS Security service can help protect your network from advanced DNS-based threats.
With an active Threat Prevention license, customers can configure their firewalls to sinkhole DNS requests using a list of domains generated by Palo Alto Networks. These locally-accessed, customizable DNS signature lists are packaged with antivirus and WildFire updates and include the most relevant threats for policy enforcement and protection at the time of publication. For improved coverage against threats using DNS, the DNS Security subscription enables users to access real-time protections using advanced predictive analytics. Using techniques such as DGA/DNS tunneling detection and machine learning, threats hidden within DNS traffic can be proactively identified and shared through an infinitely scalable cloud service. Because the DNS signatures and protections are stored in a cloud-based architecture, you can access the full database of ever-expanding signatures that have been generated using a multitude of data sources. This allows you to defend against an array of threats using DNS in real-time against newly generated malicious domains. To combat future threats, updates to the analysis, detection, and prevention capabilities of the DNS Security service will be available through content releases.
To access the DNS Security service, you must have a valid Threat Prevention and DNS Security license.
The following workflow describes how the DNS Security service uses various data sources to generate DNS signatures:

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