• Requirement

    Ensure the systems that collectively provide name/address resolution service for an organization are fault-tolerant and implement internal and external role separation.

  • Discussion

    Systems that provide name and address resolution services include domain name system (DNS) servers. To eliminate single points of failure in systems and enhance redundancy, organizations employ at least two authoritative domain name system servers—one configured as the primary server and the other configured as the secondary server. Additionally, organizations typically deploy the servers in two geographically separated network subnetworks (i.e., not located in the same physical facility). For role separation, DNS servers with internal roles only process name and address resolution requests from within organizations (i.e., from internal clients). DNS servers with external roles only process name and address resolution information requests from clients external to organizations (i.e., on external networks, including the Internet). Organizations specify clients that can access authoritative DNS servers in certain roles (e.g., by address ranges and explicit lists).

More Info

  • Title

    Architecture and Provisioning for Name/address Resolution Service
  • Family

    System and Communications Protection
  • Related NIST 800-53 ID


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