City of Portland, Oregon Selects OpenDNS for Entire Public Wi-Fi Network

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The City of Portland deploys OpenDNS to lock down its network against malware and Internet threats, filter content with powerful granularity and protect employees, residents and guests who have access to public Wi-Fi at municipal sites throughout the city.

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Our experience with OpenDNS has been excellent and I would absolutely recommend the service to other SysAdmins and municipalities

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 the city of Portland, Ore., home to nearly 600,000 residents, has deployed OpenDNS across its entire municipal network to provide comprehensive cloud-based Web filtering and lock down its network from evolving malware threats. The city of Portland is known for its forethought in technology, urban planning, green technology and creative industries.

Prior to deploying OpenDNS, the city of Portland explored multiple solutions for Web content filtering but none provided a robust feature package, including protection from malware and Internet threats, which could easily be deployed across multiple locations. Because the public Wi-Fi can be accessed by any of the city’s nearly 600,000 residents at several hotspot sites throughout the city, in addition to all city employees, Information Systems Analyst Matt Cavaness required a solution that would not only provide granular filtering, protection from malicious sites and custom block lists, but also critical remote manageability and deployment.

“We needed a filtering approach that was easy to implement, inexpensive and could accommodate actively maintained block lists. But, we also needed it to provide protection against malicious sites, malware and phishing,” said Cavaness. “When a DNS-based filtering approach was determined to be the best, several colleagues recommended we look into OpenDNS.”

The city of Portland selected OpenDNS for its ease of integration, robust Web filtering settings, stats and reporting, unique ability to protect against malware at the DNS level and remote management capability that would save the IT team countless resources through the deployment process and during network monitoring.

“Our experience with OpenDNS has been excellent and I would absolutely recommend the service to other SysAdmins and municipalities,” said Cavaness. “We saved time and money, integration was a breeze and we’ve heard zero complaints since deployment – In our line of work that means a service, in this case OpenDNS, is doing a superior job.”

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:

About The City of Portland
Portland is a city in the Pacific Northwest, bounded by the Columbia River to the north, and straddling the Willamette River. Known as "The City of Roses", Portland has a reputation for its coffee, microbreweries, and environmental friendliness in addition to its famous rose gardens. For more information about Portland, visit


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