On Campus, One-Size-Fits-All Mobile Security — Not a Great Fit, At All

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For a growing number of colleges and universities, championing mobility is no longer just an option, it’s a necessity. Students, faculty and administration alike demand unlimited access to information networks—from countless devices of countless varieties.

To preserve that access, while defending against increasingly sophisticated threats, institutions are embracing a culture of openness when it comes to security threats and are placing greater emphasis on endpoint security. This is especially timely given evidence that mobile device ownership among higher education students continues to increase, with multiple devices accompanying them on campus.

We’re seeing this trend play out for our higher education clients as well. Comprehensive endpoint security platforms such as Cisco AnyConnect are in high demand, thanks to features that range from anti-virus, anti-malware, and data encryption to endpoint control.

As I suggested in my blog post on BYOD policy, maintaining secure, mobile-friendly network and infrastructure begins with securing organizational data at the endpoint itself—not attempting to control every mobile, laptop, and notebook. With a comprehensive endpoint security platform and enforceable guidelines, end-users can use whatever device they want without inadvertently jeopardizing the organization.


 

October 22, 2016