Posted by Joanne Godfrey on May 21st, 2013
Cambridge, MA, May 21, 2013 — Despite network security concerns, 85 percent of education institutions currently allow some form of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) on their school networks, according to the Bradford Networks ‘Impact of BYOD on Education’ global survey. Of these institutions, more than half are securing and automating BYOD with Network Access Control (NAC) solutions. The survey can be downloaded at: www.bradfordnetworks.com/Impact_of_BYOD_on_Education_Survey
The ‘Impact of BYOD on Education’ survey is based on the response of more than 500 IT professionals from colleges, universities and K-12 school districts across the US and UK. As adoption of BYOD increases, educators at all levels are finding new ways to integrate mobile devices into the educational experience. This movement is helping to transform education and enable innovative uses of technology in the classroom, providing students with new, interactive methods of learning. BYOD, however, also presents unique security challenges and questions for the school’s IT staffs. The Bradford Networks survey examines the impact of the BYOD on education, the key challenges, and concerns that impact wider adoption.
Key findings of the survey include:
“Education institutions have been at the forefront of the BYOD trend for years and in many ways provides a road map for enterprise organizations that are just starting to embrace freedom of device choice for their employees,” said Tom Murphy, CMO of Bradford Networks. “However, this survey demonstrates that there are still too many organizations that are putting their school’s networks at risk through poor security policies. The mobile device-induced transformation of education needs to be tempered with the proper security strategies that protect students and sensitive information. This starts with gaining 100 percent visibility into every user and device attempting to connect to its network, and having an automated process to restrict devices that do not meet proper security standards.”
To see the full results of the “The Impact of BYOD in Education” survey brief please visit: www.bradfordnetworks.com/Impact_of_BYOD_on_Education_Survey
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.