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Interlochen Center for the Arts Implements Cloud-Based Network Security System

The IT team at Interlochen Center for the Arts has implemented a new network security system to provide improved service to faculty, students, and staff, while easing the burden on the IT team.

Before implementing the new system, the IT team had been using a variety of labor-intensive methods to maintain security, including several log-reporting tools and proxy servers to filter content. In an effort to save time and resources, the team made the decision to seek out a new, comprehensive, cloud-based security solution that would make it easier for them to provide around-the-clock protection from security threats on multiple networks for the wide range of programs at the center, including summer camp programs, adult art classes, and festivals.

The Interlochen Center for the Arts IT team evaluated a number of options and selected OpenDNS Enterprise, a cloud-based Web filter and Internet-wide security network. According to a press release, they selected OpenDNS Enterprise because of its simplicity, low total cost of ownership, and cloud-based approach.

"OpenDNS Enterprise's cloud-based approach fits perfectly with the school's new IT design and allows us to simultaneously protect thousands of devices every day," said David Bondurant, systems administrator for Interlochen Center for the Arts, in a prepared statement. "Through OpenDNS Enterprise, we can employ a simple, one-click-and-done approach to blocking and preventing malware."

Interlochen Center for the Arts is located in northwest lower Michigan. It includes an arts academy boarding high school for grades 9 through 12 and summer arts programs for students ages 8 to 18 with courses in music, theater, dance, visual arts, motion picture arts, and creative writing. It also offers adult arts programs through the Interlochen College of Creative Arts and broadcasts news and music through its public radio services.

Further information about OpenDNS Enterprise is available on the OpenDNS site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].