Michigan Association of REALTORS Deploys OpenDNS Services Enterprise-Wide to Increase Network Security and Protect Remote Workers

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State division of national organization chooses OpenDNS for Web content filtering, Blocking of P2P Sites and DNS security.

OpenDNS, provider of the world’s leading Internet navigation and security services that make networks safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced that Michigan Association of REALTORS, the largest real estate industry organization in the state, has chosen and deployed OpenDNS subscription services enterprise-wide for Web content filtering and DNS security.

Michigan Association of REALTORS’ primary reasons for choosing OpenDNS include the need to protect remote and traveling employees from malicious Web content. The organization counts more than 25,000 real estate professionals as members, many of which work remotely as a function of their work. By setting up OpenDNS on the machines used by these employees, Michigan Association of REALTORS technology staff can rest assured that the machines, and the employees using then, are protected from certain types of malware and harmful phishing sites.

Secondarily, Michigan Association of REALTORS sought to increase its network’s DNS security, and turned to OpenDNS to accomplish the task. OpenDNS is widely known to provide the most secure recursive DNS resolvers available, one of only two resolvers never susceptible to the global DNS flaw uncovered by Dan Kaminsky.

The organization has also found OpenDNS to be exceptional at blocking Peer to Peer (P2P) file sharing Web sites, a strength for OpenDNS and a weakness for traditional appliance-based Web content filtering services.

“OpenDNS is incredibly easy to use, and provides me with peace-of-mind that my network is secure and protected,” said Michigan Association of REALTORS Network Administrator Andrew Francoeur. “The effective filtering of P2P sites helps tremendously, as they are often tied with malicious software, or malware, that is accidentally triggered by employees. I recommend OpenDNS strongly.”

About OpenDNS
OpenDNS is the world's leading provider of Internet navigation and security services that make networks safer, faster, smarter and more reliable. Through DNS resolution, cloud-based Web content filtering and security services, OpenDNS empowers millions of households, schools and businesses to control how users navigate the Internet on their network, while dramatically increasing the network's overall performance and reliability. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit: http://www.opendns.com

About Michigan Association of Realtors
The mission of the Michigan Association of REALTORS is to be “the recognized public policy and legal advocate for private property rights and for the real estate industry, and the recognized statewide resource (clearinghouse) for professional development, knowledge exchange, and business service.” The MAR is the state’s largest professional real estate trade association, dedicated to serving more than 25,000 members across the state. Headquartered in Lansing, MI, the MAR is an integrated communications force for the profession, effectively joining our messaging to you with the role of being the collective voice for you and all of our members.


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