Can IP Geolocation Improve Your Defense in Depth (DiD) Strategy?

Can IP Geolocation Improve Your Defense in Depth (DiD) Strategy?

by Ipify


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Keeping up with today’s fast-evolving threat environment requires viewing cybersecurity through many lenses. Cybercriminals regularly change their tools, tactics, and procedures (TTPs), and so, organizations need to adapt and improve their security measures. Adding new lines of defenses, in particular, can substantially bolster one’s cybersecurity profile, especially in case vulnerabilities and threats are already present in a network.

Defense in Depth (DiD) is a layered approach to cybersecurity wherein various controls are put in place to protect an organization’s network infrastructure. Infosec professionals understand that no single solution can effectively thwart all attacks. They, therefore, need to incorporate overlapping defense mechanisms. A commonly cited analogy for DiD is a medieval castle wherein structures, such as moats, gates, and drawbridges, hinder intruders from breaking in.

With the arrival of borderless networks, it has become all the more important to beef up DiD efforts with up-to-date tools and intelligence sources that can help you correlate indicators of compromise (IoCs) with real-time security data. That’s where IP Geolocation API comes in. Let’s take a look at how it can assist in bolstering your DiD strategy.

How IP Geolocation Augments Your DiD Strategy

Endpoint solutions, intrusion detection systems (IDS), and tools that verify file integrity are critical components of a well-rounded DiD arsenal. A big chunk of DiD also has to do with user behavior analytics (UBA). UBA tracks user access for anomalous behaviors to deploy security controls automatically. There are several ways to strengthen this process even more, such as:

  • Geoblocking

Geoblocking refers to the technology and technique that website publishers employ to restrict users in specific geographic regions from accessing their content. Geoblocked users requesting a page that’s not available to their locale or country should get redirected to a warning page or the site’s homepage. The technique can also wholly prevent rogue IP addresses from bad IP neighborhoods from visiting a website.

To implement geoblocking, website plugins or network filtering solutions reference tools such as a blacklist or geolocation feed to identify users’ IP addresses. One such tool is IP Geolocation API, which reveals the precise location, time zone, all connected domains, and Internet service provider (ISP) of any given IP address.

Let’s take the suspicious IP address, 134[.]119[.]218[.]243, which we obtained from Project Honeypot, as an example. Using Geolocation API, we retrieved the following information:

The API output tells us that the IP address was last seen online from Strasbourg, France. It also revealed the exact postal code and its latitudinal and longitudinal estimates. As the IP address is involved in comment spamming, publishers from across the world can block the IP address’s entire net range should they feel confident that no legitimate users would be affected. Doing so can effectively prevent their site from slowing down, or worse, getting compromised.

  • Role-Based Access Controls (RBAC)

Role-based access controls (RBAC) can help organizations enforce the principle of least privilege. IP Geolocation API can further augment the efficiency of such restrictions by limiting user access to only resources they would need to do their jobs. With the aid of IP Geolocation API, organizations can limit login sessions from authorized locations within the company premises, city, or country only. Companies can also restrict user access based on their time zone.

  • Digital Rights Management (DRM)

DRM encompasses technologies that aim to protect and preserve copyrighted works. These technologies, which include authentication keys, audit records, and security licenses, are sometimes stored in hostile environments that may suffer from exposure to risks and vulnerabilities.

IP Geolocation API can figure in DRM through geoblocking. The tool enables content owners to detect users’ accurate locations based on their IP addresses. With it, companies can prevent those coming from unsupported countries and known malicious netblocks from visiting their sites.

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These are just some of the ways by which IP Geolocation API and similar technologies and procedures can enhance your DiD strategy. By incorporating a wide array of cybersecurity defense measures, network protection tools, and threat intelligence solutions into your DiD plan, you can double your network’s resilience against breaches.


About the Author

Ipify is a public IP data provider that works flawlessly with both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. We offer three main products: A general IP API that allows making millions of requests per minute using a variety of programming languages, a more specific IP Geolocation API with all relevant location data points, as well as an IP Geolocation Database that contains 8+ million IP blocks and locations for close to 5 million records.


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April 6, 2020
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