OpenDNS Provides Seamless Network Security for Geographically Distributed Engineering Firm

Pennoni Replaces Websense Deployment with OpenDNS’s Cloud-Delivered Security; Reduces Malware By Over 50 Percent

SAN FRANCISCO--()--OpenDNS, a leading provider of cloud-delivered security, today announced that Pennoni Associates Inc., a civil engineering firm with operations throughout the northeastern United States, has replaced Websense with OpenDNS to protect all of the devices in its distributed workforce without sacrificing performance or manageability. OpenDNS has dramatically reduced the complexity of providing 950 employees, including 350 mobile users, with an increased level of malware protection whether they are at the company’s headquarters, a remote office or in the field.

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Pennoni is an engineering and design consulting firm that provides services to a diverse range of clients. These clients span local, state and federal government to private, commercial, industrial and construction companies. Pennoni also provides services to other professional firms. The company has 27 offices spread across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland, Virginia and New York.

According to Jim Slora, senior systems administrator at Pennoni, the company relied on a Websense gateway appliance installed at its headquarters before adopting OpenDNS. “Our remote traffic had to be backhauled through this one appliance, which created a single point of failure for all our offices. This was overburdening our MPLS circuits to the server, in addition to creating latency and downtime for our regional offices,” said Slora.

OpenDNS’s cloud-delivered network security service works everywhere without putting strain on the company network.

“OpenDNS was an excellent fit. You change your DNS and it works immediately,” said Slora. “The roaming client allows us to apply the same protection in the field as we do in the office. As a result, we went from three to four infections per day to one every few days. This saves us one to two hours of cleaning per infection or one to two days when a device needs to be replaced.”

Without deploying any hardware, OpenDNS automatically blocks malware, botnet and phishing threats over any port, protocol or app, while detecting and containing advanced attacks before they can cause damage. Provisioning, management and reporting for all on-network and off-network devices is centrally accomplished through an integrated browser-based dashboard that can be accessed from anywhere.

“Providing effective security across multiple offices for a highly mobile workforce is an increasingly common challenge for companies like Pennoni,” said David Ulevitch, founder and CEO of OpenDNS. “Traditional appliance-based network security approaches add latency and complexity, since they reroute all traffic back to the corporate network for inspection, if they even do that at all. OpenDNS uses a cloud-delivered service that provides off-network protection for any device, anywhere and predictive intelligence that defends against emergent threats before they can compromise employee devices.”

About OpenDNS

OpenDNS is a leading provider of network security and DNS services, enabling the world to connect to the Internet with confidence on any device, anywhere, anytime. The Umbrella cloud-delivered network security service blocks advanced attacks, as well as malware, botnets and phishing threats regardless of port, protocol or application. Its predictive intelligence uses machine learning to automate protection against emergent threats before they can reach customers. OpenDNS protects all devices globally without hardware to install or software to maintain. For more information, please visit:


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Release Summary

Engineering firm with operations throughout the northeastern United States replaces Websense deployment with OpenDNS’s cloud-delivered security and reduces malware by over 50 percent.


Marc Gendron PR
Marc Gendron, 781-237-0341