Today’s growing demand for "anytime, anywhere" network access has expanded to include the use of personal mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, e-readers and other portable platforms. This "Bring-Your-Own-Device" (BYOD) phenomenon is changing the way IT organizations and users address network access security. A new white paper from Aruba Networks discusses the benefits and considerations associated with BYOD, and how organizations can effectively deploy a unified access management solution for any wireless, wired or VPN network.
The white paper contends that, for IT organizations, BYOD means supporting a variety of devices and their operating systems and maintaining an expected level of service. Aruba Networks maintains that, to keep costs low, it must be easy to securely "onboard" new devices and quickly identify and resolve problems. For users, BYOD means using the laptop or smartphone that works best for an individual's needs. However, users must also understand support considerations and what happens when a device is replaced, lost or stolen.