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Welcome to the BYOD Party!
By Sosheel Samuel,
Senior Director of Technology Services,
May 10, 2012
Everyone wants to use their smartphones and tablets everywhere, so having a BYOD network strategy in place is an IT necessity.
People love the flexibility of mobile devices. They can stay up-to-date and avoid work back-log even when out of town on business. They don’t have to stay late at work just to catch that essential email when it finally arrives. Mobile devices accommodate adaptable hours for family schedules. These handheld machines have truly changed our lives. This consumerization of IT is happening everywhere. But, integrating a multitude of devices also introduces multiple challenges.
How does an IT manager connect every device to the corporate network and provide security and adequate bandwidth? Therein lies the challenge. As employees more and more want to “bring their own devices” (BYOD) to the office, the firm’s IT department has to balance that request with security issues.
What to do?
Give personal mobile devices their own network. By creating a segmented network, users have the freedom to connect, but corporate assets are protected through Network Access Control (NAC). IT managers can then decide which applications and functions are readily available on the separate BYOD network.
A business Ethernet system makes the set-up of a segmented network easier to configure by offering more control, as the separate network layers are more visible.tw telecom’sIntelligent Network allows its IT department to monitor the bandwidth, applications and operations happening on the BYOD network and make adjustments as necessary, in real time. Although BYOD network access is a dynamic issue, by having a separate and segmented BYOD network IT managers can use the tools they’re already comfortable with to secure corporate data while allowing connectivity.
So, get good advice from your trusted partner, tw telecom, and then throw a BYOD party. Everyone’s invited!