Roka Bioscience Replaces Websense with OpenDNS Enterprise for a “Hands Off” Security Solution

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Leading bioscience company selects cloud-based OpenDNS Enterprise to improve the overall effectiveness, efficiency and reliability of the organization’s Internet security program.

With OpenDNS Enterprise we no longer have to worry about performance or reliability issues

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 Roka Bioscience selected OpenDNS Enterprise for easy-to-manage malware protection and Web filtering. Roka Bioscience, a leading bioscience organization focused primarily on the food safety industry, found OpenDNS Enterprise to be the ideal, low-touch solution for a small team that prioritizes Internet security but can’t spare resources for complex management.

The Roka Bioscience IT team was searching for a solution that would easily prevent employees from accessing sites known to host malware or botnets in addition to meeting the organization’s straightforward Web filtering needs. Prior to deploying OpenDNS Enterprise, Roka Bioscience was using a Websense appliance for Web filtering but the cumbersome appliance was too demanding for the small team to manage.

“We were previously using Websense but found the appliance-based system to be time-intensive,” said Daniel Churco, information technology manager for Roka Bioscience. “Internet security is a top priority for our company so we needed a hands-off solution that could easily be managed by our smaller team.”

In addition to the difficulty of managing the bulky Websense appliance, the small team was also devoting significant resources to cleaning up malware infections. After evaluating alternative solutions from Websense and Barracuda Networks, the Roka Bioscience IT team selected OpenDNS Enterprise because they found the cloud-based solution to be the easiest to deploy and manage with the lowest total upfront costs. OpenDNS Enterprise also allowed the team to shift to a proactive malware prevention strategy, drastically decreasing the time they spend cleaning up infections.

OpenDNS Enterprise allows the Roka Science IT team to easily manage networks for their two locations from a single, centralized Dashboard. The team uses OpenDNS Enterprise’s in-depth reporting to monitor trends and make adjustments as necessary. Because OpenDNS Enterprise is a cloud-based solution, the Web-based Dashboard can be accessed from any Internet-connected device without any hassle.

“The ability to monitor activity and trends for both our sites through a single, easy-to-use interface makes my life so much easier,” Churco explained. “Because OpenDNS Enterprise’s platform is so straightforward, I spend a lot less time pulling and compiling reports than I used to.”

Since switching to OpenDNS Enterprise Roka Bioscience’s IT team has also reported significantly improved reliability of their Internet security program. “OpenDNS Enterprise works at the DNS level and perfectly integrates with all of our systems. We no longer have to worry about performance or reliability issues,” Churco concluded.

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:

About Roka Bioscience
Roka Bioscience is dedicated to developing rapid, highly accurate molecular assays and instrument systems for industrial applications. Roka is an independent company primarily focused on the food safety industry, where we are developing novel testing solutions to help manufacturers mitigate risks and protect their brands. However, our assays and technology will ultimately serve a number of other industries, including biopharmaceutical manufacturing, water testing, veterinary care, environmental testing, and more. For more information, visit

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