Eastern Mountain Sports Deploys OpenDNS Enterprise to Protect Against Malware

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Favored retail chain selects OpenDNS Enterprise, leverages best-in-class malware prevention technology to ensure customer data is protected; “Stops fixing malware, starts preventing it.”

OpenDNS Enterprise eliminates any chance that our employees can interact with a potential risk.

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 Eastern Mountain Sports has deployed OpenDNS Enterprise, the favorite Internet security solution of the retail industry, to keep its corporate network and employees safe from malware and other Internet threats. Eastern Mountain Sports is a trusted provider of top-quality outdoor gear and education that operates 65 stores across 12 states. In total, OpenDNS Enterprise is today protecting more than 1,500 people for the organization.

Although Eastern Mountain Sports had precautions in place to protect against viruses, the organization was still at risk of exposure to malware as its employees had unbound access to potentially harmful websites. The company’s IT team was in search of a solution that would be powerful yet easy-to-manage, and could be deployed across a significant number of devices without breaking the bank.

After an extensive search, Eastern Mountain Sports chose OpenDNS Enterprise because the service offers an ideal combination of effectiveness, ease of management and lowest total cost of ownership. The unique malware protection capabilities of OpenDNS Enterprise, which both disrupt traffic to harmful Internet sites and disable communication between a malware-infected machine and its online host, enable Eastern Mountain Sports to employ a more effective strategy to fight Internet threats and protect sensitive information.

“As a retailer, the security of our customer information and business data is paramount,” said Patrick Hooper, IT architecture services manager for Eastern Mountain Sports. “OpenDNS Enterprise eliminates any chance that our employees can interact with a potential risk, keeping our sensitive information, including customer information, as safe as possible.”

In addition to its unique malware-prevention functionality, OpenDNS Enterprise features comprehensive remote management capabilities. The entire OpenDNS Enterprise solution, from initial deployment to network monitoring and policy updates, can be managed from anywhere, on any Internet-connected device, all through a single Web-based Dashboard.

Since deploying OpenDNS Enterprise, the Eastern Mountain Sports IT team has been able to significantly reduce the amount of time spent remedying malware infections. Plus, there has been a significant reduction in the time users have to wait for modifications to content access privileges because the on-call network manager – no matter where he or she is located – can immediately handle them.

Hooper added: “We needed a solution that was easy-to-manage but still incredibly effective. I would absolutely recommend OpenDNS to any SysAdmin who wants to stop fixing malware and start preventing it.”

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 Eastern Mountain Sports
Eastern Mountain Sports has been a trusted source of top-quality outdoor gear, apparel and advice since 1967. Whether you’re learning a new sport, or planning the adventure of a lifetime, we’re here to help you find everything you need to have more fun outside.

In addition to 65 retail stores in twelve states, we operate climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and backcountry ski schools in nine states. And since having fun outside is impossible without open and accessible places to play, Eastern Mountain Sports is a passionate supporter of The Conservation Alliance. For more information, visit http://www.ems.com.

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