It is no secret that the federal government has become a target for cyberattacks. One need only look back to recent breaches at the Office of Personnel Management and the Social Security Administration to know that citizen data held by government agencies is an irresistible prize for hackers. As federal agencies seek to shore up their cybersecurity defenses, they need to recall the long-passed deadlines on mandates to secure their domain name system by implementing DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC).
It has been over six years since the Office of Management and Budget mandated DNSSEC adoption for federal agencies. This extra security layer is meant to increase the security of the Internet by addressing DNS security weaknesses and helping to alleviate the threat of DNS cache poisoning.