The City of Aspen and Pitkin County Deploy OpenDNS for Comprehensive Malware Protection and Web Security

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The City of Aspen and Pitkin County deploy OpenDNS Enterprise after concluding the lightweight, cloud-based service offers the most robust protection against malware and hostile Internet threats and absolute lowest total cost of ownership.

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 the City of Aspen and Pitkin County have deployed OpenDNS to lock down its shared network against malware and Internet threats. The City of Aspen and surrounding Pitkin County, home to more than 15,000 residents and renowned as a year-round tourism and recreation destination, also chose OpenDNS Enterprise because the cloud-based service offered the best available network security and unrivaled total cost of ownership savings opportunities.

In order to focus its budget on accomplishing the broader goals of improving network infrastructure and implementing new technologies, Aspen and Pitkin were searching for a lightweight and easy-to-deploy Web security solution to replace an appliance that required costly ongoing maintenance and updates and was difficult to configure at multiple locations.

After evaluating a variety of appliance and software-based Web security options OpenDNS Enterprise was selected to support 32 separate facilities in the City and County. OpenDNS Enterprise was the only solution that provided bulletproof malware protection and offered immense value through the elimination of up-front capital expenditures and training, monitoring and maintenance associated with hardware and software alternatives.

“Not only does OpenDNS Enterprise provide the single most effective protection against malware and botnets because it is uniquely capable of blocking them at the request level, it accomplishes this feat while being the hands-down easiest to deploy and manage for the lowest total cost of ownership,” said John Sobieralski, network coordinator for the City and County.

Since deploying OpenDNS Enterprise, Aspen and Pitkin have been able to move their budget focus away from security appliance management and monitoring and toward the larger development objectives that contribute to improved service from the city government to the businesses and residents it serves.

Sobieralski added: “Security is our number one priority, but with a small IT department, things can get hectic. Knowing OpenDNS is running in the background gives us the confidence of a larger and more robust team. It’s almost like having another person oversee our security efforts.”

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 The City of Aspen and Pitkin County
Located high in the Rocky Mountains and surrounded by the White River National Forest, Aspen and Pitkin County are internationally renowned as a winter and summer resort destination for thousands of visitors, including celebrities and international jetsetters. Arts and cultural and recreational events provide year-round attraction, including extreme outdoor adventures, raging rapids, fly fishing, rock scaling and hiking in the summer and skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, fishing, dog sledding and more in the winter. For more information on Aspen and Pitkin visit http://www.aspenpitkin.com.

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