It’s a story we’ve heard time and again. Public school budgets are smaller than ever, and the funds devoted to improving technology (and security) get cut in half, and then cut in half again. Network administrators at schools are forced to piece together legacy hardware and out-of-date software with some clever work-arounds in order to keep kids protected from malware, phishing and unsafe content.

Unfortunately, this often results in security loopholes and inconsistent filtering policies for kids (who are usually tech smart enough to figure out how to get around them) and a whole heck of a lot of work for network administrators.

OpenDNS is changing all that. With OpenDNS, schools can can turn filtering and malware protection into cost-savings initiatives instead of cost centers, and they can ensure that protection is universal across an unlimited number of locations. And this isn’t just speculation on our part – we shared a new milestone this morning that proves it’s reality. We announced that 90 percent of public K-12 schools in Maine are using OpenDNS. For us, it’s a huge honor and privilege to be given the responsibility of protecting nearly every kid in Maine. But for the state of Maine, it’s a lot more.

We tip our hat to Maine for being on the cutting-edge of technological innovation, lifting the burden of appliance management and limiting the dangers of security loopholes. And we send a very big congratulations to the team at Networkmaine, the organization that operates and maintains all network infrastructure for Maine’s K-12 schools and libraries, who identified that using OpenDNS would not only allow the state of Maine to significantly improve the security it uses to protect kids, but that universal deployment would put them at the forefront of keeping kids safe online.

Last year we announced that 1 in 3 public K-12 schools in the U.S. were using OpenDNS, and although we celebrated the milestone, we went to work right away to make OpenDNS the choice of all schools. We added the academic fraud category for content filtering and created the K-12 forums in our community section. And we’re not done yet. If you have ideas for how to make OpenDNS better for schools, tell us what you need. David and our engineers are closely monitoring the IdeaBank, where you can share suggestions for product improvements, and we’re always listening at Success@OpenDNS.com.

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