ThreatSTOP today announced availability of ThreatSTOP DNS Firewall for Windows Server 2016, Microsoft’s most cloud-ready Server operating system ever. Using ThreatSTOP DNS Firewall, Windows Server 2016 customers can now automatically block outbound communications with threat actors’ command and control, dead-letter-drop, and dropper/infection infrastructure, preventing data theft and system compromise.

ThreatSTOP DNS Firewall will be showcased in a Microsoft and ThreatSTOP presentation on September 30th, and in booth 314 at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Atlanta, Georgia from September 26th through the 30th.

Almost all Internet connections begin with a DNS query. Just as users need DNS to make connections with applications, threats also use DNS to communicate with threat actors across a broad range of attack vectors. Thanks to Microsoft’s introduction of DNS Policies in Windows Server 2016, customers can now use ThreatSTOP DNS Firewall to interdict those communication attempts to prevent ransomware, drive-by downloads, botnets and other threats from succeeding. As a result, organizations gain immediate protection from known and unknown threats.

“The ThreatSTOP DNS Firewall provides an entirely new and powerful layer of security for our Microsoft Windows Server 2016 customers,” said Vithalprasad Gaitonde, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft. “It combines the benefit of up-to-the-minute threat intelligence with automated policy updates to proactively safeguard every device on the network from new and evolving threats.”

ThreatSTOP DNS Firewall protects the entire network by continuously updating user-defined policies powered by live threat data on the DNS servers used by all network clients. Policies can be based on threat type, geographic location and user-defined block lists. Once policies are set, the DNS Firewall immediately begins blocking or redirecting outbound communications with malicious domains. Detailed reports identify affected machines to speed remediation and prevent further infection across the network. The cloud-based service is easy to deploy and works with Windows Server 2016 natively─no new equipment or software installation is required.

Read the entire announcement here.