Port Authority for Second Largest City in Greece Deploys OpenDNS Cloud-Based Web Content Filtering, Secures the Network for More Than 200 Employees

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OpenDNS provides the Thessaloniki Port Authority with a complete Web content filtering solution that's easy to manage at a fraction of competing services' cost.

OpenDNS, provider of the world's leading Internet navigation and security services that make networks safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced that the Thessaloniki Port Authority in Greece has deployed OpenDNS's Web content filtering services to protect its network and increase employee productivity. The Thessaloniki Port Authority, operator of the region's shipping and container ports, is one of the area's major employers, and its OpenDNS installation spans ten sites and several hundred employees and contractors.

The Thessaloniki Port Authority chose OpenDNS for its easy remote management, a must for such a complex multi-site deployment. Prior to its OpenDNS deployment, the ThPA tried alternative Web content filtering solutions, but found that those services didn't quite meet its needs.

"Other Web content filtering services require too much overhead, both for their maintenance and their increased Internet browser latency," said the Thessaloniki Port Authority's system administrator.

OpenDNS, by contrast, provides the port authority with an easily maintainable service that effectively blocks undesirable and inappropriate content. Furthermore, while other services have a detrimental affect on network speeds and performance due to proxying all traffic, OpenDNS actually improves network performance, making Web pages load faster and boosting overall Internet reliability.

Likewise, OpenDNS causes fewer administrative headaches, and improves productivity for ThPA employees by ensuring they have the Internet access they need to work efficiently, with fewer false positives and false negatives than competing web content filtering solutions.

In all, according to their IT Department, "the switch to OpenDNS will save the Thessaloniki Port Authority several thousand Euros per year."

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 The Thessaloniki Port Authority
Thessaloniki's port has 600,000 square meters of indoor and open storage area and modern mechanical equipment for the secure and prompt handling of all kinds of cargo, general, bulk and containers. It is currently one of the major employers of Northern Greece with a workforce of more than 600 people while over 2,000 people work daily on its premises. Its computer network expands to over 10 sites using fiber optics cables, connecting several hundred computers to its services and to the Internet.


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