CLS deploys Bradford Networks's NAC solution
Mar 05, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
The City of London School, or CLS, has deployed Bradford Networks's Network Access Control, or NAC, solution.
The school is using Bradford Networks to automate mobile device registration and provide secure onboarding for its students, faculty and guests connecting to its wireless network, while enforcing security policy compliance. CLS selected Bradford Networks for Network Access Control and Xirrus for the Wireless Arrays wireless network infrastructure.
For the purchase and deployment of Bradford Networks solution, CLS worked with Khipu Networks. CLS selected Bradford Networks because of its seamless integration with Xirrus and reputation as the NAC solution of choice for hundreds of education institutions.
Joe Mathews, assistant IT manager, City of London School, said: "We wanted to provide wireless access as part of our student satisfaction efforts, and the combination of Bradford Networks and Xirrus enables us to do this while giving us the peace of mind and security we needed.
"The deployment of Bradford Networks went extremely smoothly thanks to Khipu Networks. We've had no support calls and we forget that it's actually installed, which in the IT world is quite a bonus. We were especially impressed with the seamless integration with Xirrus. It's very impressive when two large companies work in harmony."
CLS deployed Bradford Networks in time for the start of the 2012 autumn term. It enables students to automatically and securely log onto the network in their common room, and lets teachers incorporate mobile applications running on iPads and Apple TVs into their classroom curriculum. The school also uses mobile devices to take classroom attendance which significantly simplifies this process.
When a user logs onto the network, Bradford Networks automatically and seamlessly checks the device for an up-to-date operating system and anti-virus software, and then provides appropriate network access based on the user's role, device type and physical location in the building. If the device is noncompliant, the user is redirected to a web page for remediation.
Additionally, through Bradford Networks, authorized guests can now get a user name and password to access the guest network from the school's receptionist, offloading this time-consuming task from IT, while unauthorized personnel who attempt to log in are automatically prohibited from accessing the network. The deployment has been so successful that CLS plans to expand the use of Bradford Networks to additional grades across the school.
Tom Murphy, CMO, Bradford Networks, said: "With BYOD gaining significant momentum, educational institutions must enable the use of personal devices across their campuses to provide the best educational experience and ensure student and staff satisfaction.
"The seamless integration between Xirrus and Bradford Networks is highly valued by organizations such as CLS who clearly understand the value of the BYOD Blueprint, which combines the benefits of mobility, security and mobile device management solutions with NAC to address BYOD's unique challenges."
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