Bradford Networks Announces Support for eduroam

Posted by Joanne Godfrey on May 14th, 2013

Automated Policy Management Offers Members Secure Network Access to Educational Institutions in more than 60 Countries

Cambridge, Mass., May 14, 2013— Bradford Networks™, the best choice to secure network access for BYOD, today announced that its patented network access control (NAC) solution, Network Sentry, supports eduroam (education roaming), the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. Through this support, universities worldwide can enable Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) across their campuses while providing secure network access for both their own domain users and visiting eduroam users.

eduroam is an access service that allows students, researchers and staff at participating institutions to automatically obtain Internet connectivity when visiting participating institutions simply by turning on their laptops and/or mobile devices. Network Sentry significantly simplifies the setup and management of eduroam and enables IT administrators to use a single SSID to support both visiting eduroam users and its own domain users.  Network Sentry automatically provisions network access to both visiting eduroam users and local users based on the university’s pre-defined policies for each user type – staff, students, faculty, guests etc.

“The bring your own device trend provides tremendous benefits to all students, staff and guests on campus, but the security concerns regarding the latest mobile threats had prevented us from fully committing to eduroam in the past,”  said Sean Ashford, network and system manager at The University of Winchester.  “Bradford Networks’ Network Sentry instantly took away all the problems and makes it all very simple. Now we fully support eduroam and offer the convenience of instant wireless access to visiting students and staff, while protecting unauthorized access to sensitive data and reducing security risks.”

Benefits of Network Sentry’s support for eduroam include:

  • Simplifies the management effort of the eduroam access service;
  • Requires only a single wireless SSID for all users – both eduroam guest users and domain users;
  • Visiting eduroam users simply log in using their own eduroam credentials to gain immediate access to the Internet without requiring any additional registration;
  • Significantly reduces the number of calls to the IT help desk through easy onboarding and remediation processes.

The University of Winchester purchased and deployed Network Sentry in 2012 through Bradford Networks’ UK reseller, Khipu Networks. With 7,000 students, each bringing an average of 2-4 devices, the University uses Network Sentry for visibility and control of wireless network access for its local domain users as well as for visiting eduroam users. Network Sentry provisions network access based on pre-defined policies and ensures that mobile devices are compliant before joining the network. Non-compliant devices are automatically quarantined and users are guided through steps for remediation. Since the deployment of Network Sentry, the University of Winchester’s  IT department has seen a considerable decrease in the number of calls to the help desk, freeing up valuable time and resources for other projects, and a significant improvement in student satisfaction with wireless connectivity.

“eduroam is a fast growing international standard that adds prestige to participating institutions,” said Tom Murphy, CMO, Bradford Networks. “As the go-to NAC solution for educational institutions, we stay at the forefront of innovation to support the needs of our customers. With Network Sentry, institutions can now easily adopt and support eduroam without sacrificing network security. ”

eduroam is now available over 60 countries worldwide, including: Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,  Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Republic of China, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America.

For more information on eduroam, please visit: https://www.eduroam.org.

About Bradford Networks

Bradford Networks offers the best solution to enable secure network access for corporate issued and personal mobile devices. The company’s patented Network Sentry solution is the first network security offering that can automatically identify all devices and all users on a network, providing complete visibility and control. Unlike vendor-specific network security products, Network Sentry provides a view across all brands of network equipment and connecting devices eliminating the network blind spots that can introduce risk.  Network Sentry is used by more than 900 enterprise customers worldwide in markets such as healthcare, financial services, retail, government, education and more. For more information, please visit www.bradfordnetworks.com.

About Khipu Networks

Khipu Networks is a Cyber Security solutions provider that has a large presence within the education sector, providing network access, visibility and control solutions. With over 10 years’ experience and 400+ education customer deployments, we have specialist expertise in meeting the challenges when providing an open, flexible but secure network environment to students, staff and visitors. Khipu was recently recognized as the 2012 International Partner of the Year by Bradford Networks.