Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts Deploys OpenDNS for Enhanced Internet Security

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Choosing OpenDNS Over Alternative Solutions Saves Resort More Than $50,000

OpenDNS, the world’s largest and fastest-growing provider of Internet navigation and security services that make networks safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts has deployed OpenDNS for enhanced Internet security, multi-network management and significant financial savings across seven resort properties. Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts manages resort, hotel and condo properties in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, SC.

There are two different networks at Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts, one for guests and one for employees. Mark Gillis, the director of technology at the resorts, needed to control both networks — but in different ways. For employees, he needed a line of defense against phishing, P2P filesharing, and other behaviors that could expose the resorts to litigation. Additional requirements around Web content filtering were needed for the guest network.

“We had received notices from our ISPs that our guests would occasionally have viruses on their laptops, or would use our networks to download media of questionable legality,” explained Gillis. “I had to put a stop to that, yet still give them unfettered access to the Internet.”

Initially, Gillis tried installing separate firewalls at each property, one for each corporate network, and one for each guest network. Since each firewall had to be manually set up with rules and access control lists (ACLS), the firewall solution soon became unmanageable for Gillis and his team. He also tested several products, including Websense and SurfControl, but for various reasons neither was a workable solution for Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts’ needs.

When Gillis deployed OpenDNS across all of his networks, he knew he’d found the solution he’d been looking for. “OpenDNS had me from the start,” he said. “The ability to control multiple wide-spread networks, and at a click, change the way DNS is filtered or handled, is awesome.”

In stark contrast to costly appliance and software-based solutions, OpenDNS will ultimately save Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts money. Gillis estimates that without OpenDNS, he would have needed to hire an additional administrator to keep up with DNS-related tasks. Combining the salary of an employee with the additional costs of an appliance, licensing fees and risk of exposure in the event a device failed, Gillis estimates OpenDNS has saved him more than $50,000.

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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:

About Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts
Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts owns and manages several resort, hotel and condo properties in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, SC. Resort properties include: Grande Shores Ocean Resort, Horizon Myrtle Beach Resort, Seaside Resort, Avista Resort, Towers at North Myrtle Beach, and Prince Resort at the Cherry Grove Pier. Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts also provides golf bookings and reservations and complete vacation packages. For more information about Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts, please visit:


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