Many organizations recognize the benefits that enterprise mobility could bring their business – operational and communications cost reduction, improved employee productivity and competitive advantage to name a handful. Few, however, know where to start. Which technologies offer the most value? Which employee groups need to be targeted? Where would an organization ultimately like to be?
Today, wireless networks are a ubiquitous part of every large network. Nearly every office and school must have the means to provide wireless connectivity to its users and a new generation of devices. In fact, BYOD trends show that users are selecting their own devices to use at work, and bringing them on to the corporate wireless network with or without the approval of the IT security team.
With wireless networks, there is no longer any vestige of being able to control network access by physical means. As a result, the access point has to provide enterprise-class authentication methods to identify the user and the types of devices associating to the network. But what happens once the user establishes connectivity? Unfortunately, for many organizations, there’s no way to control what the user and device accesses, compounding the problem of making your wireless environment safe for BYOD devices.