Students today were practically born with technology in their hands. Many became familiar with tablets, smartphones and IoT devices before they could even walk. As members of this generation – born between 1998 and 2010 — make their way to college, the devices that have become indispensable parts of everyday life are coming with them.
According to a study by Pearson, 78 percent of current students were using smartphones, laptops, and tablets to learn as early on as 2015. And 45 percent of students were using three or more devices. Other researchers estimate that by 2025, the average person will use more than 9 connected devices.
For higher education IT departments, it will become increasingly difficult to secure the expanding number of endpoints on and off campus.
In addition to protecting endpoints, CIOs and CISOs must work together to ensure privacy and compliance. This is especially difficult when BYOD and guest users have access — either directly or indirectly — to student records that contain sensitive information.
To effectively manage the evolving security and privacy risks in higher education, it is worth considering comprehensive solutions such as ClearPass from Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company.