Network Security Questions To Answer Before Considering BYOD

Last time, I looked at the role BYOD plays in K12 environments. Whether you are actively implementing a BYOD program today, or are simply allowing students and teachers to bring devices onto the network, BYOD will affect your Wi-Fi network. Some questions to consider before starting include:

  1. How do you enable access to substitute teachers or guests today?
  2. Do you need to make changes in the future to this process?
  3. Does your Wi-Fi infrastructure enable role-based access control?
  4. Can your infrastructure facilitate a differentiated experience when the user is inside the school or accessing school resources?
  5. Does your approach require the installation of agent software? If yes, what happens if the agent is removed?
  6. Does your approach require additional devices or software? If yes, what?
  7. Does your wireless vendor support Bonjour gateway? Apple devices are widely deployed in schools, and advertise that services like printers or Apple TV devices are available using a specific protocol called Bonjour.

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Alexandra Gates is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Aerohive Networks, where she helps define market strategy and vision for the cloud and WLAN products. She is a CWNA with a comprehensive background in wireless technology, including capacity and management planning, RF design, network implementation, and general industry knowledge.

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