Dawson Community College Deploys OpenDNS Enterprise for “Rock Solid” Malware Protection

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Leading Montana community college adds OpenDNS Enterprise malware protection for a more proactive and cost-effective network security strategy.


OpenDNS Enterprise allows us to extend a blanket of security around our students and guests with zero installation

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 Dawson Community College is using OpenDNS Enterprise, the favorite security solution of colleges and universities across the globe. Dawson Community College, committed to creating and continuously improving opportunities for students, serves Eastern Montana’s need for affordable and high-quality higher education.

Prior to switching to OpenDNS Enterprise, Dawson Community College did not have a malware prevention strategy in place. Although they had extensive anti-virus protection, malware infections were dealt with manually as they were identified, a considerable tax on the IT team’s resources. As concerns over security and reliability mounted, the Dawson Community College IT team was searching for a solution that would give them a more proactive malware prevention strategy and help them save time and money that would otherwise be spent cleaning up infections.

Like many network administrators, Shane Bishop, Director of Technology for Dawson Community College, discovered OpenDNS Enterprise because he was already using OpenDNS Premium DNS for the fastest and most reliable DNS available. When his team began exploring malware prevention solutions, OpenDNS Enterprise was the obvious stand out. That’s because OpenDNS Enterprise malware protection prevents both inbound malware infections and outbound botnet communications so it’s no longer necessary for the team to perform extensive malware cleanup.

“We don’t have spare resources for cleaning up malware infections, so our preferred strategy is to keep our network airtight,” said Bishop. “With OpenDNS Enterprise, our approach has shifted from being reactive to being proactive, saving us time and money in the process.”

Dawson Community College also selected OpenDNS Enterprise for malware and botnet protection because the cloud-based service doesn’t require an appliance to install or software to deploy, and ongoing maintenance is minimal as updates are delivered in real time in the cloud. Bishop explains, “The installation took minutes. I just input two lines in my DNS config, and the whole network was protected. How cool is that?”

By using OpenDNS Enterprise, the Dawson Community College team has not only regained control over the school’s network security, they also extend additional protection to students, faculty and guests. Bishop adds, “Installing malware protection for all students simply isn’t feasible. OpenDNS Enterprise allows us to protect more than just campus-owned computers. It allows us to extend a blanket of security around our students and guests with zero installation.

Bishop concluded: “An affordable education is a difficult thing to come by. Using awesome products like OpenDNS Enterprise allows us to continue offering an affordable education while maintaining a network that is rock solid.”

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 Dawson Community College
Dawson Community College is committed to creating and continuously improving opportunities for students to discover their world in excellent academic programs, connect with others through campus and community activities and contribute to a relevant educational and lifelong learning experience. For more information about Dawson Community College visit http://www.dawson.edu/

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