First and foremost, under the program with research networks, the CIRA solution has no cost to the organization. The CIRA solution has a unique threat feed, is solely located in Canada for better data sovereignty and privacy, and is delivered by a non-profit organization with no commercial interest in our customers’ data. We are also working closely with other Canadian educational and government institutions to continue our mission for a more trusted Canadian Internet
Our incorporation of additional, and uniquely Canadian, feeds further improves the cyber-threat protection versus other options. The basic (free) OpenDNS service is intended for households does not do any kind of malware blocking nor does it allow for content filtering. CISCO Umbrella and the CIRA DNS Firewall offer, what we feel are comparable cybersecurity and content filtering. It is noted that CISCO Umbrella, at time of this program launch, has desktop client software (added cost) that CIRA does not. When considering that most organizations have already made significant investments in endpoint software we believe that, for most uses, the CIRA DNS Firewall is perfectly suited as an added layer of cyber-protection. This is especially true for organizations, like schools that run public network access, land have limited control over the users on the networks.