Cisco to acquire OpenDNS



  • http://tech.slashdot.org/story/15/06/30/1459202/cisco-to-acquire-opendns

    Both Cisco and OpenDNS announced today that the former is to acquire the latter. From the Cisco announcement: "To build on Cisco's advanced threat protection capabilities, we plan to continue to innovate a cloud delivered Security platform integrating OpenDNS' key capabilities to accelerate that work. Over time, we will look to unite our cloud-delivered solutions, enhancing Cisco's advanced threat protection capabilities across the full attack continuum—before, during and after an attack." With Cisco well-embedded with the US security apparatus (NSA, CIA, FBI, etc.) is it time to seek out alternatives to OpenDNS?



  • Is quite interesting.



  • we switched to opendns to do content filtering a couple of years ago.  that replaced squidguard. I like how simple to set up content filtering is.

    we do not mind paying for a service, however the price is too high. my guess is that cisco is  setting up large corporations and later will make an  affordable plan for small groups/ companies.

    My question :  can you suggest a different dns based content filter ?



  • I have been using http://dyn.com/labs/dyn-internet-guide/ along with a subscription for 30 host names for dynamic update. You point to their DNS servers, and keep your public IP up-to-date with a Dynamic DNS entry on pfSense, make sure to have rules to stop people using other DNS servers. Then it filters out whatever you specify as "bad categories/sites", returning an IP that goes to a page that tells the user that the site has been blocked, and the reason.



  • Anyone using this-  https://connectsafe.norton.com/    ?



  • @phil.davis:

    I have been using http://dyn.com/labs/dyn-internet-guide/ along with a subscription for 30 host names for dynamic update. You point to their DNS servers, and keep your public IP up-to-date with a Dynamic DNS entry on pfSense, make sure to have rules to stop people using other DNS servers. Then it filters out whatever you specify as "bad categories/sites", returning an IP that goes to a page that tells the user that the site has been blocked, and the reason.

    thank you for that, I already have an account there so will look in to the service.

    Our main domain uses a fixed IP address .  do you happen to know if their dns service can be set up for a fixed address?

    or maybe it makes sense to convert from godaddy  to dyn ?



  • Not sure about being able to specify directly some fixed IP address. Certainly you can always use the dynamic DNS service, and set it from the pfSense that has a fixed IP address. The address will get checked at intervals and just never happen to change.



  • @phil.davis:

    Not sure about being able to specify directly some fixed IP address. Certainly you can always use the dynamic DNS service, and set it from the pfSense that has a fixed IP address. The address will get checked at intervals and just never happen to change.

    OK I've got my fixed IP system set up - thank you.

    I can not find where to set content filtering to test.
    can you tell me whereabouts to find dns filters at dyndns?

    will still look….



  • Search for "Internet Guide" - and then you have to subscribe to it.
    http://dyn.com/labs/dyn-internet-guide/



  • @phil.davis:

    Search for "Internet Guide" - and then you have to subscribe to it.
    http://dyn.com/labs/dyn-internet-guide/

    Thanks, It took a while , but i got to it:
    https://account.dyn.com/labs/dyn-internet-guide/edit-defenseplan.html?new=1


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