College and university environments are dynamic, so it makes sense that college and university networks need to be able to respond to the ever-changing, fast-paced needs of students and faculty in real time. However, that can make security a monstrous undertaking. In this week’s field reports we take a look at why Regent University selected lightweight OpenDNS Enterprise to tackle network security without placing a heavy burden on IT.
Regent University is a leading academic center offering rigorous programs and high academic standards. But when it came to blocking malware, the college’s Web filtering solution wasn’t making the grade. The Blue Coat product couldn’t scale with the school’s growth or comprehensively combat its troublesome malware problem.
When searching for a solution, the Regent University IT team begin testing OpenDNS Enterprise. Right away it was clear that the DNS-based security solution was ideal for scaling to serve the large campus. Unlike the Blue Coat solution the school was previously using, OpenDNS Enterprise doesn’t require hardware or software, so it doesn’t create network bottlenecks, and it’s able to uniquely prevent the proliferation of malware at the university.
As Jonathan Harrell, Director of Network Engineering for Regent University, explains, “With lightweight OpenDNS Enterprise we can now identify and block malware before users even know how to find it. More importantly, we can easily look at a high-level flyover of all of our networks and identify trends before they become problems. That means we’re preventing malware instead of cleaning it up.”
Since setting up OpenDNS Enterprise, the university is reporting significantly easier Internet security management and a malware prevention strategy that saves the IT department time and resources. It’s no wonder that OpenDNS is found on a whopping 50 percent of college campuses in the U.S.
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