Study finds managing education networks is hard

Education networks are difficult to manage.

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Getting high marks for effective educational networks is more difficult every year as students bring more devices with them to school. A recent study showed that 60% of faculty, students and IT professionals use four or more devices on campus, driving up network activity.

Infoblox conducted a global survey on the state of network security at higher education institutions and found that these networks are incredibly complex, which makes them more vulnerable to attack.

The device types are changing with students moving beyond laptops and smartphones to connecting tablets, smartwatches and gaming consoles on campus.

When it comes to security, nearly half of administrators participating in the survey cite internal threats as the greatest security risk. Nearly 25% of student devices come onto campus already infected with malware. Plus, a combination of high turnover of students with little education about security risks and many faculty and staff with a lax attitude about security make education networks prone to attack.

“As higher education institutions embrace Digital Transformation and users become more device reliant, their networks have become more complex and difficult to manage,” said Infoblox CTO of Field Engineering, Victor Danevich. “With this complexity, networks become more volatile and vulnerable to cyberattack if proper network security measures are not in place.”

Uplogix in education networks

Uplogix enables IT staff to deliver higher uptime and manage distributed campuses with less windshield time. Often small teams are responsible for campus networks that span one location, or multiple campuses across town or across a state.

The same out-of-band functionality that Uplogix brings to business, government and defense networks is deployed in university networks such as the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center and Prairie View A&M, as well as across the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest in the country after New York City.

At a fraction of the cost of adding new people, Uplogix drives immediate increase in device monitoring and an extended reach across the network. Uplogix’ automatic diagnosis and recovery procedures reduces the number of service failures and the time it takes to restore service when an interruption does occur. WAN Traffic Failover (WTF) can actually make downtime a thing of the past by passing primary traffic over the out-of-band link.

Uplogix provides complete control and visibility over remote locations, whether that is one campus or all the schools in a district. Network administrators spend less time resolving service outages and have more time for proactive efforts to ensure the network is ready for the ever-increasing demands of education.




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