IT Service Consortium Deploys OpenDNS Universally to Protect 15,000 Users from Malware, Internet Threats

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South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority (SGRITA) deploys OpenDNS to protect 15,000 at businesses, schools and homes from malware, declares service extensive solution to IT issues including evolving Internet threats, Web content filtering and ISP DNS failure.

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We have experimented with nearly everything out there. OpenDNS's reliability trumps even the most expensive systems we have deployed.

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 the South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority (SGRITA) has deployed OpenDNS across nearly 50 ISP and K-12 networks throughout the region to protect against malware and optimize Web security. SGRITA is a multi-county broadband and IT service consortium that brings high capacity, high availability network infrastructure to southwestern Georgia. OpenDNS significantly impacts the end-user experience for 15,000 individuals who access the Internet over SGRITA’s networks.

SGRITA chose to deploy OpenDNS universally on the ISP and K-12 networks it manages after an exhaustive search of “nearly everything out there,” said SGRITA Network Director Dustin Springman, because OpenDNS offers the best Malware prevention strategy available. SGRITA also chose OpenDNS because it can be quickly deployed and easily managed for multiple environments from a single Web-based interface. OpenDNS is uniquely capable of blocking malware at the request level, meaning that malware is prevented from communicating private or sensitive information back to a host.

“Other solutions look to clean after you are already subject to infection. With OpenDNS, there’s no worry of out-of-date software or self-installing malware because threats are eliminated at the request level, meaning there is zero possibility of personal information being communicated outside of the network,” said SGRITA Network Director Dustin Springman.

Deploying OpenDNS universally across multiple network environments allows the SGRITA IT team to additionally layer custom Web content filtering on top of malware protection without having to also install an appliance or provision software. Moreover, using OpenDNS as a comprehensive Web security solution eliminates the need to allocate additional IT resources for training, updates or maintenance.

“We provide content filtering for six school districts in Southern Georgia and although we have experimented with nearly everything out there, OpenDNS is the strongest,” said Springman. “Its reliability trumps even the most expensive systems we have deployed, including Cisco IronPorts, Fortinet, Smoothwall and Sonicwall and it is the only service that offers a multi-dimensional solution.

SGRITA has been using OpenDNS since 2008 as a reliable alternative to the sluggish and frequently down DNS service offered by local ISPs. Using OpenDNS as part of a core cloud-development strategy, SGRITA was able to quickly build reliable infrastructure throughout rural Southwestern Georgia. Since, Springman has leveraged the growing number of features offered by OpenDNS continually evolve Web security for the community SGRITA serves.

Springman added: “OpenDNS just plain works, all the time, every time.”

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OpenDNS is the world's leading provider of Internet security and DNS services, enabling the world to connect to the Internet with confidence on any device, anywhere, any time. OpenDNS provides millions of businesses, schools and households with a safer, faster and more intelligent Internet experience by protecting them from malicious Web threats and providing them control over how users navigate the Internet, while dramatically increasing the network's overall performance and reliability. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit: http://www.opendns.com.

About South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority
SGRITA (South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority) is a multi-county broadband and IT service consortium that brings high capacity, high availability network infrastructure to the most rural parts of South-west Georgia. The non-profit group is motivated to help build a strong community through enhancing education, public safety, commerce, and livelihoods through the successful implementation of telecommunications services. The organization works closely community members to reduce service costs while providing a carrier grade solution. For more information visit http://www.sgrita.org.

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