There have been many milestones along the path from recursive DNS to proactive security. We invite you to explore our company’s journey, from providing DNS as a Service, to building DNS for the enterprise market and beyond with our predictive intelligence:
From the beginning it has been our mission to provide a safer, better, and faster internet browsing experience for all OpenDNS users. Our fundamental focus on delivering rock-solid and lightning fast DNS services drove us to build the global infrastructure which now fuels our cutting edge security intelligence and enforcement platform. Early innovations included leveraging DNS technology to enhance users’ security and improve control over their networks. Learn more the roots of OpenDNS by exploring our timeline:
OpenDNS is born
PhishTank is launched
The first community-powered, anti-phishing repository goes live.
Custom content filtering becomes available
Milestone: 1 million users!
PhishTank – PC World’s Top Product of 2008
Waffle Wednesdays Begin
Waffle Wednesday, a continuing OpenDNS tradition, is born – once a month our CEO, David Ulevitch, cooks up waffles for the whole team
Kaminsky Recommends OpenDNS
Dan Kaminsky himself recommends that the world switch their DNS to OpenDNS to protect from “Kaminsky Vulnerability”
OpenDNS Protects Against Conficker
OpenDNS protects all users from Conficker, the most successful internet worm to date
By 2009 millions of people were using our DNS services, and many of these in corporate settings. Requests for new features and more robust security led us to launch OpenDNS Enterprise, our first major business-oriented offering. This period also saw continuing growth of our user base and further development of security features, paving the way for even larger developments to come. Explore our timeline to find out more about this period of OpenDNS history:
OpenDNS Enterprise is launched
We first release DNS services tailored to the enterprise market.
World Economic Forum Award
The World Economic Forum presents David Ulevitch and OpenDNS with the Technology Pioneer Award.
Milestone: 30 BILLION Daily Queries!
OpenDNS Previews DNSCrypt
We introduce a revolutionary security improvement providing DNS encryption.
Dan Hubbard Joins OpenDNS
Recognizing OpenDNS’s unique position to address developing security concerns, Dan Hubbard, former CTO of Websense, joins as OpenDNS CTO.
“Cool Vendor in Cloud Security”
OpenDNS is recognized as a “Cool Vendor in Cloud Security” by Gartner, Inc.
Debut of OpenDNS Insights
We introduce Active Directory integration to complement existing management workflows.
The launch of the Umbrella product line and the OpenDNS Security Labs in late 2012 marked major developments of our advanced security capabilities. Continuing our track record of innovation, we extended our enforcement platform to cover off-site devices, and harnessed the unique data provided by our global network to provide exclusive, predictive threat intelligence. Our mission to deliver solutions which address current and future developments of the security landscape continues. Take a look at exciting recent developments below:
OpenDNS business suite united under Umbrella
All OpenDNS enterprise security services are united under a single brand, Umbrella, and powerful security is extended to off network laptops and mobile devices.
OpenDNS Security Labs Founded
OpenDNS’s Security Labs founded – our research team classifies threats by applying data mining techniques to our unique, global view of Internet traffic.
PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award
Security Graph Unveiled
Dan Hubbard unveils the OpenDNS Security Graph, a powerful security intelligence and threat prediction engine fueled by our unique Big Data.
Syria “drops off the Internet”
OpenDNS among the first to alert the web and bear witness as Syria “drops off the Internet”.
Milestone: The big 5-0!
Milestone: OpenDNS serves 50 million users and 50 billion requests daily, and this month, counted 50 TRILLION total resolved queries!
Security Graph Identifies Cryptolocker
OpenDNS security researchers use Security Graph to identify Cryptolocker command and control domains before the DGA is reverse engineered.
OpenDNS launches Investigate, offering security teams the ability to gain valuable insight into threats identified on their networks.
Intelligent Proxy Launched
The OpenDNS Intelligent Proxy is launched, uniting the speed of DNS-based security with the precision of proxy inspection.
OpenDNS and FireEye Partner
OpenDNS integrates with FireEye, ushering in a new era of advancements in security partnerships.
OpenDNS Announces Series C Funding
To further the goal of providing proactive security to anyone, anywhere, on any device, OpenDNS raises $35 million in a third funding round.
No More Ads
OpenDNS removes ads for free users, delivering a safer, faster, better AND cleaner DNS for all.
OpenDNS security researcher Thibault Reuille unveils his open source 3D data visualization engine, OpenGraphiti, at Black Hat USA 2014.
Cisco Completes acquisition of OpenDNS
OpenDNS joins Cisco to complement and enhance Cisco's security offerings.
Enterprise portfolio rebranded to Cisco Umbrella
Our enterprise products (Umbrella & Investigate) are moved under the Cisco Umbrella umbrella.
Cisco launches the industry’s first SIG
Cisco Umbrella secures access to the internet anywhere users connect.