OpenDNS Enterprise Malware Protection Gets Sweeping Enhancements -- Provides the Single Smartest Way to Secure Networks and Ward Off Threats

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Unprecedented Momentum for Revolutionary OpenDNS Enterprise DNS-Based Malware Protection, Innovative Service Chosen by Fortune 100 Organizations to Secure Their Networks

“OpenDNS Enterprise is a highly disruptive product that’s given CTOs, CSOs and network administrators the most powerful security tool at their disposal."

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 it has doubled down on the innovative DNS-based malware protection service in OpenDNS Enterprise. The added functionality makes the already industry-leading cloud security service even stronger and more effective at warding off destructive malware attacks.

“OpenDNS Enterprise is a highly disruptive product that’s given CTOs, CSOs and network administrators the most powerful security tool at their disposal. Unlike ineffective anti-malware services of yesterday, OpenDNS Enterprise malware protection serves two roles – preventing malware from ever even reaching their endpoints, and more importantly, mitigating infected hosts from phoning home to botnet command and control servers, leaking sensitive data out of your network,” said OpenDNS CEO David Ulevitch. “OpenDNS Enterprise malware protection is the single most significant innovation the security industry has seen in the area of fighting malware and it comes as no surprise to me that organizations are choosing the service in mass numbers to add impenetrable security to their DNS.”

The Single Smartest Way to Secure Networks From Malware: “Disable, don’t just try to detect.”

OpenDNS Enterprise malware protection is highly differentiated in the marketplace because it’s the first and only service to actually block damaging malware attacks at the DNS layer. Malware can enter your computer or device though many different infection vectors. Infection can happen as a result of a drive-by download, an email attachment or even a USB key. And, as it turns out, nearly all malware uses DNS to find its bot master to "phone home" for instructions. OpenDNS Enterprise secures the DNS layer and protects networks from being infected by blocking known malware-hosting websites, but also helps prevent infected computers from phoning home by blocking the master command and control servers with which the malware communicates. This blocking happens both based on known malicious domain names, and known compromised IP addresses.

This is in stark contrast to mainstream anti-malware services from traditional companies like Microsoft and Symantec that do little or nothing once a machine is infected to mitigate the damage that the malware causes.

Sweeping Enhancements for the Already Best-in-Class Service

Where most malware attacks use domain names to spread, many also use IP addresses as a shortcut that eliminates the need for a domain name. Further, while it’s relatively easy to change or forge a domain name or where a domain name points, it’s also common practice to serve a lot of malicious domain names on one known malicious IP address. OpenDNS Enterprise is now the only malware protection service in the world that monitors and blocks both known malicious IP addresses and known malicious domain names, removing the possibility that OpenDNS Enterprise malware blocking could be bypassed with a new domain name pointing to a known bad IP address.

OpenDNS has partnered with the leading Internet security research organizations to receive Web security threat data that makes OpenDNS Enterprise malware protection even more comprehensive. With the backing of a global community of security researchers all squarely focused on eliminating malware, every organization in the world should add OpenDNS to their network configuration to secure their network from attacks.

Unprecedented Momentum

Since the trial introduction of OpenDNS Enterprise malware protection, the service has been chosen by Fortune 100 organizations, the United States’ leading academic institutions and the largest and most respected technology companies in the world, in addition to thousands of SMBs. The success of the service is unprecedented in the Internet security space, where it often takes a new and differentiated service many years to ramp momentum and see significant adoption. Because of the reality that most OpenDNS Enterprise customers are starting at a point where their DNS is not secure and OpenDNS is not replacing a pre-existing appliance or service, adding the service to any network configuration is extremely simple and it can take just a few hours to deploy across a global organization.

About OpenDNS Enterprise

OpenDNS Enterprise is a cloud-based security and Web content filtering service deemed “highly effective” and “definitely recommended” in an independent evaluation by Spiceworks.com. Delivered in response to customer demand for a better-performing and more cost-effective solution than was previously available from costly security and filtering appliances, OpenDNS Enterprise is a revolutionary service that works through the DNS and makes managing Web content filtering and securing networks at organizations ranging in size from large, global enterprises to SMBs easier than ever before. For more about OpenDNS Enterprise, please visit: http://www.opendns.com/work

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. OpenDNS is the favorite and most trusted DNS service of network administrators everywhere. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit: http://www.opendns.com

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