Many schools are considering a bring your own device, BYOD, policy for their campus. This is a trend that continues to grow every year and school management teams have to consider how to best prepare. These five factors are important for BYOD implementation.
1. Network capabilities: With a greater number of wireless devices being used, there is a need for increased BYOD security. If a school wants to build a wireless network or improve the current one, they should consider the potential number of mobile devices connecting and the location. Spec access points to ensure that they can handle the increased traffic load.
2. BYOD Security: BYOD consideration needs to maintain security. The careful planning and implementation of mobile device management, role-based access control and policy agreements can minimize the issue of security at a school. All security systems in place should be thoroughly checked and tested on multiple devices by IT professionals to ensure that the system is safe for users.
3. Network Management: Management should be centralized. With a centralized system, the IT staff can manage bandwidth, application acceleration, and WAN optimization. This not only decreases the work load for IT, it also unifies the management across the entire network.
4. Access Control: Role-based access control is another area of setting up a BYOD system. With RBAC, users are assigned to different groups based on their authentication. These groups each have a certain role which allow them to access a designated area of the network based on how the network is segment. This system ensures that students can access the resources needed without venturing into areas which are not allowed.
5. BYOD Policy: Having a thorough BYOD policy is important. It helps to make the entire system run smoothly by setting up both expectations and rules for users. A list of devices supported or not supported is a good idea. Be sure to have each user supplied with a policy and have them sign a user agreement before implementation. This small step can make a big difference and when problems arise with the networks or devices, students will know who to contact and what resources they can use.
These five factors should all be considered before setting up a BYOD policy. With so many students having smart devices, BYOD is becoming popular and can be an efficient method of ensuring students have access to needed resources. These factors will ensure that students remain safe and will help to control traffic with a BYOD implementation.