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March 15, 2016

It’s More than Just IoT Security, it’s Security at Scale

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 By: Abhi Maras, Cloudpath Product Line Manager 


According to IDC, the global market for Internet of Things (IoT) is projected to reach $7.1 trillion by 2020, and the number of IoT devices is projected to grow from 13 to 30 billion over the next five years*. Many of these IoT devices do and will continue to carry sensitive data.

Those devices need to be securely onboarded and connected.

Why is that challenging? Let’s start with the lack of secure mechanisms available for onboarding and off-boarding. Add to it the fact that IoT devices need to maintain separate network policies not just against user client devices but against themselves due to many device types and applications in play. IoT devices don’t need access to things like file sharing systems that a user/client device would need. While not all things are created equal, recent IoT implementations have treated them as such. For example, the thing controlling the temperature in the break room should be managed differently than the thing powering an oxygen tent in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU).

The good news? These IoT challenges can all be solved. The real challenge is how to solve them at scale.

The best option for addressing scale is certificate-based Wi-Fi security. This type of IoT onboarding allows manufacturers to easily enable secure IoT devices in days or weeks rather than months. By simplifying the availability and adoption of secure IoT devices, it is possible to accelerate onboarding and successfully manage network access without the need for new infrastructure, processes or skills.

Once IoT devices are so secured, the next step is to better enable IT managers in the enterprises that are deploying these IoT devices to control and manage network privileges. This vastly simplifies the adoption of secure IoT devices at scale.

The ideal onboarding technology has the capability to apply specific policies to specific devices, to make the same network cater to users and IT devices while differentiating them and applying different, appropriate policies to all. As a result, mission-critical devices (like that oxygen tent in the ICU) can be treated as such in a hierarchy of permissions set to suit the unique needs of each enterprise via centralized management and control.

For more information about secure IoT onboarding, you can watch a video or attend a webinar.

*According to IDC, by 2018 66 percent of networks will have an IoT security breach.

(Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/gilpress/2016/01/27/internet-of-things-iot-predictions-from-forrester-machina-research-wef-gartner-idc/6/#4bbbbaa72a02)

March 09, 2016

Survey says… Teachers Say Wi-Fi Woes Still found in American K-12 Schools

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By: Richard Nedwich, Global Director of Education 


There has never been more Wi-Fi in schools than there is today.  So are teachers feeling empowered or hindered by Wi-Fi in their classrooms?  That’s the question a new survey from EdWeek, sponsored by Ruckus, attempted to uncover. In November 2015, the Education Week Research Center performed a poll; distributed an online survey to 700 self-identified classroom teachers who were randomly sampled from registered users of edweek.org.


The findings

Teachers strongly value the intended use of Wi-Fi for instruction, but the Wi-Fi they have available in their schools is not sufficient for the challenges of the real-world classroom. 

When asked to grade their Wi-Fi, teachers gave their school wireless GPA a ‘C’ average. Needs improvement.

The numbers speak for themselves

While over 90 percent of teachers felt Wi-Fi helped them differentiate instruction and engage students using a wide array of devices, only 63 percent of teachers relied on Wi-Fi daily.

When asked what they actually use the Wi-Fi for, only 29 percent responded they used it for differentiated instruction. In fact, only 15 percent indicated 21st century teaching and learning (e.g., online testing, gamification, flipped classrooms), while 55 percent used Wi-Fi simply for record keeping and grades, and 33 percent used it for emailing parents and students. Administrative vs. teaching.

Why don’t teachers use Wi-Fi more?

70 percent of teachers report their Wi-Fi is unreliable or slow. Distracted students become even more distracted while teachers struggle to get their iPads working or to stream Khan Academy videos.

50 percent of teachers report their Wi-Fi coverage or capacity fails to support even a single connected device per student in each classroom. That constraint makes it hard to differentiate instruction or to provide online assessments, since each student requires his own device to receive his own test or task.

47 percent of teachers reported a day or more of Wi-Fi outages and 18 percent reported a week to a month of Wi-Fi outages in the Fall 2015 semester. Can you design your lesson plan around Wi-Fi outages?

Learn more

Don’t take our word for it, get the full details from EdWeek in the report here.

Or, join us for a live webinar where we’ll discuss the results, and learn some options to improve the wireless GPA at your school.

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