Southern Vermont College Chooses OpenDNS for Comprehensive Web Content Filtering

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OpenDNS Proves More Reliable Solution For Small Liberal Arts College

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 Southern Vermont College has deployed OpenDNS for improved Web content filtering across campus. Southern Vermont College (SVC) is a small private college located in Bennington, VT, that offers a liberal arts undergraduate curriculum to its 500 students.

Prior to deploying OpenDNS across campus, SVC was using a hardware-based subscription system for Web content filtering. In addition to being expensive, it “frequently malfunctioned and locked down all websites,” explained Director of Information Technology Michael Keen. “We needed a more reliable solution and a way to lower costs.”

After one too many failures, Keen chose to deploy OpenDNS for Web content filtering across the SVC campus. OpenDNS Web content filtering is cloud-based, meaning there’s no expensive appliance to purchase or maintain. In contrast to SVC’s previous set-up, OpenDNS has a perfect uptime rate over the past five years, meaning Keen no longer needs to worry about malfunctions. Switching to OpenDNS also saved SVC almost $1,000, money that can be put into other IT projects for the college.

“OpenDNS is a hands-off worry-free solution,” said Keen.

About OpenDNS
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 Southern Vermont College:
Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College offers a career-enhancing, liberal arts education with 21 academic degree programs for more than 500 students. SVC recognizes the importance of educating students for the workplace of the twenty-first century and for lives as successful leaders in their communities. SVC's intercollegiate athletic teams are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). The college is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Community-Engagement Classification institution.


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