The United Way of Greater Houston Selects OpenDNS Enterprise for Strategic Malware Prevention

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The United Way of Greater Houston deploys OpenDNS Enterprise as part of a preventative security strategy to keep malware from penetrating any layer of its network, maintains lowest possible IT overhead cost.

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 United Way of Greater Houston has deployed OpenDNS Enterprise to prevent the penetration of malware and other Internet threats on its network. The United Way of Greater Houston, an organization focused on increasing the organized capacity of people to care for themselves and others, also chose OpenDNS Enterprise because the cloud-based service takes moments to deploy and requires minimal maintenance, allowing a greater portion of the organization’s budget to be spent on community programs.

Prior to deploying OpenDNS Enterprise, the United Way of Greater Houston’s IT team was concerned with various gaps in security that had the potential to allow malware onto its network. The organization needed a way to secure the gaps in its network, while protecting staff and guests using its public Wi-Fi, that was still simple enough for a cost conservative IT team to manage.

Jeff Nash, senior director of operations for the United Way of Greater Houston, wanted a layered solution for malware prevention that prohibited any single point of failure. The United Way of Greater Houston selected OpenDNS Enterprise because it is the only malware prevention solution that is uniquely capable of preventing malware at the request level, thus ensuring that any infected machine cannot communicate sensitive information back to its host. Leveraging this strategy, the United Way of Greater Houston is able to strengthen its network against any type of malware penetration.

Nash also knew that in order to accomplish the most efficient use of IT resources, the United Way of Greater Houston needed a solution that took negligible time to deploy and required minimal maintenance. “The United Way of Greater Houston works hard to keep all administrative costs low so that as much money as possible goes into programs that benefit the community,” he said. “OpenDNS doesn’t require substantial resources for training, setup, or maintenance.”

Since deploying OpenDNS Enterprise, the United Way of Greater Houston now boasts a comprehensive malware prevention strategy that includes protection at all layers of its network. The organization is able to ensure that its network is protected by multiple layers of security and staff and visitors on its Wi-Fi network benefit from protection against malware and other Internet threats.

Nash added: “Deploying OpenDNS Enterprise was the easiest step to protect our network from malware that I have ever taken. There’s no software or hardware to install and it requires no advanced configuration or setup. It took us less than 10 minutes to setup an extra layer of protection for every device on the network.”

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About The United Way of Greater Houston
For 88 years, United Way of Greater Houston has served the Greater Houston Area. United Way is a leader and trusted partner in improving lives, tackling key community social issues, and making a lasting difference. United Way of Greater Houston touches one of every two lives in the Bay Area, Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties. United Way focuses on strengthening our community by developing children and youth to their full potential, creating strong families and safe neighborhoods, sustaining senior independence and rebuilding people’s lives in times of crisis. United Way of Greater Houston is the best way to make the biggest difference in our community. For information, please visit http://www.unitedwayhouston.org.

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