The State of Maine Widely Adopts OpenDNS Enterprise to Protect Public K-12 Schools and Libraries

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Maine Schools and Libraries Network deploys OpenDNS across more than 90 percent of learning institutions, giving public school students in Maine the most cutting-edge and consistent protection from malware, phishing and unsafe content.

Networkmaine managed OpenDNS deployment for nearly 1,000 learning institutions in Maine

With OpenDNS Enterprise we no longer have to worry about performance or scalability.

OpenDNS, the world's largest and fastest-growing provider of Internet security and DNS services that deliver a safer, faster and more intelligent Internet experience to everyone, today announced that more than 90 percent of public K-12 schools and libraries in the state of Maine use OpenDNS Enterprise to achieve CIPA compliance and safeguard against Internet threats. The organization that operates and maintains all network infrastructure for Maine’s K-12 schools and libraries, Networkmaine, estimates more than 200,000 students, faculty and visitors are protected by OpenDNS Enterprise after enabling the service.

By selecting OpenDNS Enterprise, Networkmaine now overwhelmingly provides public school students in the state of Maine with consistent access to the most cutting-edge technology available to stay safe online. Updates to OpenDNS Enterprise happen automatically and in real time, so there is no risk that students could access unsafe content due to out-of-date software or a difficult to scale and update appliance. Administrators can access insightful stats and reporting from a single online interface, giving them the ability to identify and manage trends before they become problems.

Nearly 1,000 learning institutions in Maine join more than 1 in 3 K-12 schools in the U.S. that are also using OpenDNS for the hands-down easiest and most effective way to meet CIPA compliance and keep kids safe.

“We are very excited that OpenDNS Enterprise has been chosen to protect 90 percent of kids at Maine schools and all employees and patrons of Maine libraries,” said OpenDNS Founder and CEO David Ulevitch. “School districts large and small rightfully demand the best protection for kids. We’re leading the charge to make sure that happens by providing the best-in-class Web content filtering that won’t exhaust a district’s budget.”

Prior to licensing OpenDNS Enterprise for use at Maine’s schools and libraries, Networkmaine was searching for a solution to replace the State’s archaic hardware-based platform that was nearly impossible to manage and expand. Without an immensely-scalable cloud-based solution that could accommodate rapidly increasing bandwidth consumption, Networkmaine Executive Director Jeff Letourneau faced the possibility of content filtering becoming a network bottleneck and cost center.

Networkmaine selected to deploy OpenDNS Enterprise because the state-of-the-art service offered a unique approach to content filtering that not only helped Maine public K-12 schools and libraries achieve CIPA compliance, but also reduced overhead administrative costs and offered maximum scalability for a growing network.

“Our previous content filtering solution was the Achilles heel for the network. Anytime it had a performance problem it was felt everywhere since all traffic went through these appliances,” said Letourneau. “With OpenDNS Enterprise we no longer have to worry about performance or scalability.”

OpenDNS is used by more than 40,000 public K-12 schools throughout the U.S., including some of the largest districts in the country: Baltimore City Schools, Detroit Public Schools, and San Diego Unified School District. Additional stats about OpenDNS use among public K-12 schools include:

  •     90 percent of schools in Maine use OpenDNS
  •     60 percent of schools in Mississippi use OpenDNS
  •     25 percent of schools in Kentucky use OpenDNS
  •     15 percent of schools in Maryland use OpenDNS

About OpenDNS
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 Networkmaine
Networkmaine, a unit of the University of Maine System, operates and maintains all network infrastructure and services in support of the statewide private research and education network. This network provides Internet access and related services to the state’s University system, the state government and to the Maine Schools and Libraries Network that is comprised of almost 1000 schools and libraries across the state of Maine.

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