The idea of bring your own device (BYOD) for connectivity has been well recognized in most networking environments. Yet some corporations are still struggling to understand its potential impacts. For them, the concept of users attaching privately owned and managed smartphones, tablets or laptops to their secure networks is a relatively new and worrisome concept. However, it is a challenge that customers in higher education have been dealing with for years as students have increasingly turned to easy-to-connect and affordable laptops as study aids.
While corporate and educational networks may share some similar concerns about BYOD, in the end the unique nature of academia (such as research, testing and the need for extensive mobility) create additional barriers that must be overcome. The very nature of higher education today requires that students have the ability to collaborate reliably and securely to empower the sharing of ideas. Combined with locations outside the classroom where BYOD might be utilized for learning, such as cafeterias, fitness centers, social events and sports venues, use of the technology is allowing students the capability to “live where they learn” in the truest sense.
To help improve understanding of BYOD and its impacts on modern network environments, this white paper will further explore the many differences that exist between corporate and educational approaches to the technology. We will also detail education-specific cases and take a deeper look at the evolving needs of wired and wireless network access by academia.