Illinois District selects web filtering and malware protection

OpenDNS, provider of Internet security and DNS services, 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.

The technology team at SHSD 161 went in search of a new Web filtering solution after it outgrew its two previous solutions, which couldn't accommodate the growing demand in Web traffic that SHSD 161 was seeing on its network.

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.

In addition to comprehensive Web filtering, OpenDNS Enterprise prevents access to malicious sites and disables communication between botnets and their command and control center.

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.”