Award Winning Art School Selects OpenDNS Enterprise for “One-Click-and-Done” Web Filtering and Malware Protection

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Interlochen Center for the Arts, located in northwest lower Michigan, selects OpenDNS Enterprise for easy-to-manage, cloud-based protection from malware at a low total cost of ownership.

OpenDNS Enterprise's cloud-based approach allows us to protect thousands of devices every day.

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 Interlochen Center for the Arts has deployed OpenDNS Enterprise to protect its students and faculty members from inappropriate and malicious online content. Interlochen Center for the Arts, home to the nation’s first and foremost arts high school and the world’s premiere summer arts programs, selected OpenDNS Enterprise to save the school’s IT team time, resources and stress.

Prior to deploying OpenDNS Enterprise, the Interlochen Center for the Arts IT team was using several log-reporting tools and proxy servers to filter content. The system was cumbersome and demanded large amounts of the team’s valuable time. In order to ensure that students and faculty received around-the-clock, uninterrupted protection from illegal and explicit Internet sites and malware outbreaks, the team was searching for a cloud-based solution that would allow changes to be made at a moment’s notice, from anywhere.

Additionally, the Interlochen Center for the Arts IT team was searching for a solution that would allow their organization to ensure comprehensive protection on multiple networks serving diverse audiences, ranging from summer camp programs to adult art classes and festivals.

After an extensive search, the Interlochen Center for the Arts IT team selected OpenDNS Enterprise for its comprehensive, easy-to-manage approach to Web filtering and malware protection. Interlochen Systems Administrator David Bondurant explained that the school, “Considered many traditional Web filtering appliances but chose OpenDNS Enterprise for its simplicity and low total cost of ownership.” Bondurant added, “OpenDNS Enterprise’s cloud-based approach fits perfectly with the school’s new IT design and allows us to simultaneously protect thousands of devices every day.”

Since deploying OpenDNS Enterprise, Interlochen Center for the Arts now experiences straightforward Web filtering with added security and flexibility. The ability to connect to the OpenDNS Dashboard from anywhere, without first logging-in to a VPN, is a major perk for Bondurant and his team, as it ensures they can respond to situations with the same speed and focus as when they are working on-site.

Bondurant concluded: “Through OpenDNS Enterprise, we can employ a simple, one-click-and-done approach to blocking and preventing malware. Given the ease of setup, powerful functionality, and low cost, I would definitely recommend the service to other schools.”

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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, anytime. 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 Interlochen Center for the Arts
Interlochen Center for the Arts was founded in 1928 and is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest award in the arts. Located in northwest lower Michigan, Interlochen includes an arts academy boarding high school for grades 9-12 and summer arts programs for students ages 8-18 with offerings in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, motion picture arts and creative writing. Interlochen produces more than 600 arts presentations annually, offers arts enrichment and professional growth opportunities for adults through the Interlochen College of Creative Arts, and operates public radio services broadcasting news and music. To learn more, visit

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