Leading Consulting Firm Replaces McAfee Smart Filter with OpenDNS Enterprise

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AKRF deploys OpenDNS enterprise to improve transparency and efficiency with employees in web filtering process, begin proactive malware prevention strategy.

OpenDNS Enterprise allows us to do something fundamentally different: by simply clicking a checkbox we began a proactive approach to fighting malware.

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 AKRF is using OpenDNS Enterprise to protect employees from unsafe content and secure its network from Internet threats. AKRF, a leading environmental, planning and engineering consulting firm, selected OpenDNS Enterprise because the solution offered more functionality and ease-of-use at a better price than its previous solution, McAfee Smart Filter.

AKRF’s contract with McAfee was up for renewal, and as the price was expected to rise significantly, the company’s IT team recognized the opportune time to begin due diligence and find a superior alternative. The company was seeking a product that would protect employees from unsafe or inappropriate content while simultaneously securing its network from malware and other Internet threats.

“We looked at several solutions, from appliance and software-based options to modules for our firewalls, but while prices and features varied, they all required in-house processing and maintenance,” said Todd Biggins, applications manager for AKRF. “As an SMB with multiple offices, we have limited resources to handle these needs.”

While searching for a solution, AKRF’s team continually found positive reviews for OpenDNS Enterprise, including lengthy recommendations from the SpiceWorks community. Biggins and his team chose to deploy OpenDNS Enterprise because it offers both transparent and easy-to-manage Web filtering with the additional benefit of layered malware protection.

Although AKRF’s previous content filtering solution was also a category-based solution, AKRF finds OpenDNS Enterprise to offer more clearly defined categories that can easily be integrated with the company’s acceptable use policy. Too, OpenDNS Enterprise’s content filtering solution offers what Biggins calls, “the most fair and transparent” way to communicate the company’s policy to end users and work with them to make adjustments as necessary.

Additionally, OpenDNS Enterprise includes malware protection that prevents both inbound malware downloads and outbound malware communication and can be deployed in a matter of minutes. Biggins explains, “OpenDNS Enterprise gives us the opportunity to do something fundamentally different: by simply clicking a checkbox we began a proactive approach to fighting malware, and eliminated maintenance as all updates take place instantly from the cloud.”

The AKRF team also leverages OpenDNS Enterprise’s remote manageability to improve efficiency for their team, even with five distributed offices. Biggins explained that employees no longer have to wait for his team to make updates to filtering settings as, “OpenDNS Enterprise allows us to check reports and address user requests 24x7 with just a Web browser. Plus, we can apply settings to all networks with a single click, making configuration of new network ranges a breeze.”

Biggins concludes, “OpenDNS Enterprise was easy to implement, has almost zero maintenance, and is more redundant than anything we could create internally. It is a proactive approach to what has historically been a reactive area of work for us.”

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 AKRF
AKRF is a leading environmental, planning and engineering consulting firm. AKRF combines the breadth and resources of larger firms with the specialized know-how and attentiveness offered by smaller ones. AKRF's range of expertise enables us to offer our clients—from small private developers to large public agencies—a single source to meet all their regulatory, engineering, and planning needs. Our experience in the field and commitment to our clients has made us one of the most respected firms in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. For more information visit http://www.akrf.com.


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