Robeson County Health Department Picks OpenDNS for Comprehensive Web Content Filtering

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OpenDNS blocks bandwidth-intensive Web sites to ensure that mission-critical work at the health department gets done.

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 Robeson County Health Department has deployed OpenDNS’s Web content filtering services to keep its limited available bandwidth focused on work-related online activities. The Robeson County Health Department serves the region’s citizens with a variety of health programs.

The Robeson County Health Department chose OpenDNS for its dead-simple Web content filtering service. The county health department, relying on a single T1 Internet connection, needed to prevent computer users on their network from visiting bandwidth-intensive sites, like those that stream video, from hampering Internet connectivity for the rest of the department, including those engaged directly in high-priority work like registering patients or scheduling appointments.

Prior to its OpenDNS deployment, the county health department wasn’t using any formal Web content filtering services, instead relying on a few firewall blocks. Still, bandwidth constraints were an issue, and OpenDNS provided a more cost-effective alternative to simply buying additional network capacity.

Since the OpenDNS switch, the Robeson County Health Department’s “vital services are dropping out less than they ever have,“ said Michael Sampson, the systems administrator. “OpenDNS works like a champ.”

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 Robeson County Department of Health
The Robeson County Department of Public Health’s goal is for all residents to achieve the highest level of health possible through its identifying and reducing health risks; its detecting, investigating and preventing the spread of disease; its promoting healthy lifestyles and a safe and healthful environment; its promoting the availability and accessibility of quality healthcare services through the private sector; and its providing quality health services to those in need. To learn more, visit http://publichealth.southernregionalahec.org/robeson/index.htm.

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