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BYOD challenges that lurk beyond network security
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of Feburary 2013 - Vol 4/ No.1
To many IT pros, bring your own device (BYOD) is an overused marketing term that should be put to rest. But there is no escaping the fact that droves of users are bringing their smartphones and tablets to work and causing BYOD challenges that fall right into the laps of network managers -- and the issues go well beyond security issues. BYOD challenge #1: Network security Security is clearly at the top of every list of BYOD challenges, and it's most often the factor preventing enterprises from adopting a BYOD strategy. The Wenatchee Valley Medical Center in Washington state, for example, has declined to embrace BYOD because of security concerns. Instead, the hospital system only allows smartphones that meet stringent security requirements to access email and calendar systems via McAfee's Enterprise Mobility Management product. "Protecting patient health information is a top priority, and consumer-grade devices have simply not evolved to the point where that information can be reasonably secured on any personal widget that comes ...
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Everyone knows security tops the list of BYOD challenges, but network pros will face a slew of other headaches along the way.
With no single solution for BYOD network security, engineers are getting crafty at integrating varied technologies to handle the challenge.
Security is only half the challenge when it comes to supporting a BYOD WLAN. The rest depends on WLAN troubleshooting to handle personal device drain.
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Since there is no silver bullet for BYOD networking challenges, engineers need to get creative in technology integration … and then get management on board.