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In BYOD networking, no single solution
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of Feburary 2013 - Vol 4/ No.1
Too often BYOD networking challenges are boiled down to security, but that's only a fraction of the battle. As personal devices flood the enterprise, network managers are learning they may need to rearchitect their wireless LANs, find new troubleshooting tools, and most importantly convince C-level executives to fund these projects. We start this issue of The Network Evolution ezine with a story that examines the BYOD challenges outside of security. We didn't expect to hear that personnel and management issues would play such a central role. In his piece, “BYOD challenges that lurk beyond network security,” news director Shamus McGillicuddy reports that too often executive management would rather ban all devices than pay for a BYOD strategy. Yet business divisions within the organization later find ways to circumvent these bans, creating havoc for IT. On the flip side of this issue, McGillicuddy learned that once management does sign on to a BYOD plan, some employees resist the new policy because of the privacy issues linked to ...
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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.
Columns in this issue
Since there is no silver bullet for BYOD networking challenges, engineers need to get creative in technology integration … and then get management on board.