Illinois School District Switches from Barracuda Networks to OpenDNS Enterprise to Eliminate Traffic Bottlenecks

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Summit Hill School District 161 selects OpenDNS Enterprise Web filtering and malware protection to secure the network used by nearly 4,000 students and staff members.


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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 Summit Hill School District 161 (SHSD 161) is using cloud-based OpenDNS Enterprise to ensure students access safe and appropriate Internet content and are protected from Internet threats. SHSD 161, serving three cities in Illinois, chose OpenDNS Enterprise to protect its nearly 4,000 students and faculty members, and join the 1 in 3 U.S. K-12 public schools using OpenDNS to keep kids safe online.

The technology team at SHSD 161 went in search of a new Web filtering solution after it outgrew its two previous solutions, first a proxy server it inherited from the local high school district and then a Barracuda Networks Web filtering solution. Like the proxy server, the product from Barracuda Networks could not accommodate the growing demand in Web traffic that SHSD 161 was seeing on its network and increasingly created bottlenecks. When the district looked to incumbent provider Barracuda Networks for a replacement solution, it found the price to be prohibitive.

After searching exhaustively for a new Web filtering solution, SHSD 161 selected OpenDNS Enterprise because it provided the district with, “the easiest to deploy, lowest total cost of ownership overall, with no network bottlenecks due to changes in traffic demand, and high reliability,” explained Kevin Perkins, computer applications specialist for the district. SHSD 161 is using OpenDNS Enterprise for Web filtering and malware protection across seven schools and an administrative office. In total, OpenDNS protects the SHSD 161 network used by nearly 4,000 students and employees.

OpenDNS Enterprise offers SHSD an Internet-wide security solution that fits into its defense-in-depth strategy. In addition to comprehensive Web filtering, OpenDNS Enterprise adds a layer of malware protection that is uniquely capable of preventing access to malicious sites, thus preventing malware infections before they can ever happen. OpenDNS Enterprise malware protection also disables communication between botnets and their command and control center, which helps ensure data is protected.

The SHSD 161 technology team also selected cloud-based OpenDNS Enterprise because the solution allows them 24/7 Web access – from anywhere, on any Internet-connected device. Perkins explains, “The Web-based Dashboard saves me tons of time! I can make quick changes as needed and check network stats from anywhere, giving me total peace of mind.”

Perkins concluded, “I would definitely recommend OpenDNS Enterprise. It’s a slam-dunk: easy to set up, configure and manage, and allows you to make the changes fast and get on with your day. We have 100 percent coverage and zero problems!”

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About Summit Hill School District 161
Summit Hill School District 161 is a school district serving students and families in portions of Frankfort, Tinley Park, and Mokena, Illinois. The mission of Summit Hill District 161, in collaboration with the family and the community, is to provide our students with the highest quality educational opportunities in a safe, supportive, and stimulating learning environment which will empower them to become productive global citizens and successful lifelong learners.

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