College Planning & Management

DEC 2012

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Lots of Devices, Lots of Security How to keep your network secure and usable for wireless devices. by CHRISTINE BEITENHAUS W ireless devices have opened up the traditional lecture environment, but they have also exposed some very open networks at schools. What security issues should a school consider when its campus is flooded with student devices? Philip Wegner, president of SecurEdge Networks, a specialty IT solutions provider focused on wireless and data security, suggests schools ask a few questions first to address both wireless security and performance. "The way you build your security is going to affect performance," he explains. "You've really go to rethink the entire network if you want to allow BYOD. You can't just turn it on and say, 'Okay, we're going to allow it.' You've got to do a lot of planning on the front end." Here are some security questions to think about first: • How will the school allow student devices to connect securely and keep students from accessing content on internal servers? • How will the school manage to bring all the devices online without touching each device or handing out a pre-shared key? • How will the school know who is doing what on the network? There are three ways to address these questions. The first is directory accounts. Giving faculty, staff, administrators, and DECEMBER 2012 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 39

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