S4 Episode 4: Michael Kaczmarek Former VP Products @ Neustar on the Domain Name System


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When we think about the components that go together to make the internet work we probably think of browsers and IP addresses but there is one critical component that brings it together - the Domain Name System or DNS. It's the reason behind when you type cnn.com you end up on the right website.
The design of DNS is more than 30 years old, but still is a critical point of the internet today.
In October 2021, a misconfiguration error caused Facebook to disappear from the internet for nearly 7 hours.
To understand the notion of DNS better, we spoke with Michael Kaczmarek who is the former VP of Product Management at Neustar Security Solutions.

Michael directed the research efforts into distributed denial of service attacks and DNS trends for Neustar working closely with the cross-functional team to publish insights on changes in the cybersecurity landscape.

Prior to joining Neustar, Michael was with Verisign for more than 18 years where he served in various capacities including VP of product management and marketing.

Prior to Verisign, he was a systems engineering manager for Lockheed Martin in charge of their Solid Rocket Motor Disposition in Russia Program.

Michael is a Ponemon Fellow and holds a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master of Engineering in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

In this wide-ranging discussion, we looked at

  • How Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are on the rise
  • How AI can be used to detect cyber threats
  • What the Internet 3.0 might look like
  • What the Facebook 2021 outage tells us about DNS
  • What to look for in a DNS provider
  • Why every business owner should care about DNS
  • The top3 cybersecurity trends
  • New threats such as API security
  • Analysis of a real DNS hack
  • Why Cybersecurity needs to concern every board
  • Three top cybersecurity tips

If you are truly digitally curious, then you will want to listen to this episode in full.
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