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  • Mar 14, 2012 - Tri-County Technical College Selects Highly-Scalable OpenDNS Enterprise to Secure Mobile and Roaming Devices

    Multi-campus technical college system uses OpenDNS Enterprise to protect their network from malware and ensure mobile and roaming devices accessing their network can’t transmit infections.

    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 Tri-County Technical College is using OpenDNS Enterprise, the favorite security solution of colleges and universities across the globe. Tri-County Technical College, preparing more than 6,000 students each year for challenging careers in technology and ongoing higher education, selected OpenDNS Enterprise because it is uniquely capable of protecting all devices on the college’s network and easily scales to accommodate their growing bandwidth needs.

    Prior to deploying OpenDNS Enterprise, Tri-County Technical College was using a filtering solution from Lightspeed Systems. The server-based system was not capable of solving the critical security problem of protecting mobile and roaming devices, leaving the college vulnerable. It was also creating a network bottleneck and dragging down performance. Like most higher education organizations, the college had minimal filtering needs beyond their goal of prohibiting access to sites known to transmit malware and other Internet threats. To support 6,000 users across four campuses, the team was searching for a highly scalable, cloud-based Web filtering solution that would instantly respond to growing bandwidth needs without affecting network performance.

    The Tri-County Technical College IT Team selected OpenDNS Enterprise because unlike appliance or software-based solutions, cloud-based OpenDNS Enterprise scales on-demand to meet the needs of growing organizations. Plus, OpenDNS Enterprise speeds up network performance through use of Anycast technology, which returns DNS queries from the closest of 12 globally distributed data centers. “We looked at countless appliances, but our bandwidth needs would make it nearly impossible to scale at a reasonable price,” said Matthew Edwards, IT operations manager for Tri-County Technical College. “We chose OpenDNS Enterprise because it basically manages itself.”

    OpenDNS Enterprise is also the only service capable of not only preventing access to known malicious sites, but also eliminating communication between an infected device and its online host. This means that without downloading any software, all unmanaged devices on the Tri-County Technical College network, such as a student-owned iPads or faculty members’ personal laptops, would be prevented from downloading malware and transmitting malicious communications.

    “Other solutions simply protect the managed devices that are already on our network,” Edwards explained. “With OpenDNS Enterprise, we’re able to provide protection to all devices, on all our campuses, without any additional headache.”

    Since Deploying OpenDNS Enterprise, the Tri-County Technical College IT team also reports significant improvement in efficiency. “Using OpenDNS Enterprise has created a major shift in the way we handle IT and security at our campuses,” Edwards concluded. “The cloud-based solution allows us to spend more time focusing on proactive improvements to on-campus technology and educational tools”

    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: www.opendns.com.

    About Tri-County Technical College
    Tri-County Technical College, a two-year community and technical college located in the scenic foothills of upstate South Carolina, enrolls more than 9,000 students each year and offers programs in 70 major fields of study, including computer and information systems, criminal justice, engineering graphics, nursing, and university transfer. With an institutional focus on student success, the College prides itself on small class sizes, a caring and committed faculty and staff, and an array of student support services. In addition to credit program offerings, the Corporate and Community Education Division offers personal and professional development non-credit classes in business, healthcare, workforce development, and personal interest areas to more than 12,000 community members each year. The College is located in Pendleton and has community campuses in Anderson, Easley, and Seneca. For more information about Tri-County Technical College, please visit www.tctc.edu.

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