Mississippi Department of Education Switches to OpenDNS from Websense, Decision Makers Call the Service a "Perfect Tool for Systems Administrators"

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State DOE Sets the Standard by Using OpenDNS for Web Content Filtering and Anti-Phishing, Keeping Kids Safe and on Task

OpenDNS, provider of the award-winning service that makes the Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced the Mississippi Department of Education has switched to OpenDNS from Websense to keep kids safe from harmful Web content. The Mississippi Department of Education, serving the state of Mississippi's 151 school districts, trusts its students' and staff's safety with OpenDNS's industry leading free content filtering, anti-phishing, and DNS resolution service. OpenDNS is the choice of over 20,000 school districts in the United States, including some of the nation's largest. Further, at current OpenDNS is used by more than half of the school districts in Mississippi.

Faced with tough-to-meet IT budgets during these unstable economic times, Mississippi Department of Education learned of OpenDNS's free navigation and filtering services and immediately spread the word to the school districts' IT personnel. "DNS systems are the hinges that the doors of the Internet swing on," says Wade Grant, Senior Network Specialist for the Department. "So it's no surprise that we use OpenDNS here!"

Having switched from Websense because of the significant price disparity, Grant and the rest of the Department of Education has since found all their Internet security needs met. The benefits of using OpenDNS expand beyond reliable DNS, content filtering, and anti-phishing--unlike Websense there are no purchasing or subscription fees, and the service can stop more than just web traffic, including P2P.

"Using OpenDNS has cut down on the amount of traffic generated by our network by as much as 40 percent. OpenDNS's increased performance when dealing with thousands of queries has been worth the switch from Websense, in addition to the cost," says Grant. "OpenDNS provides us with an additional layer to help keep kids on task."

About OpenDNS:

OpenDNS is the leading provider of free security and infrastructure services that make the Internet safer through integrated Web content filtering, anti-phishing and DNS. OpenDNS services enable consumers and network administrators to secure their networks from online threats, reduce costs and enforce Internet-use policies. OpenDNS is used today by millions of users and organizations around the world. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit: http://www.opendns.com

About Mississippi Department of Education:

The Mississippi Department of Education is responsible for overseeing all educational decisions made by the public school system in Mississippi. The Department of Education contains the Office of Educational Accountability, the Office of Student Performance, the Office of Instructional Programs and Services, and the Office of Legislation and Budget. The Mississippi Department of Education's mission is to provide leadership through the development of policy and accountability systems so that all students are prepared to compete in the global community.


Allison Rhodes


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