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San Diego State Turns To Aruba's ClearPass to Handle BYOD on Campus

July 22, 2013

While Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies are sweeping the nation, thanks to the sheer number of different devices that are out there now, security is still a concern. IT professionals are looking to be more flexible with their mobile device policies because they want company employees to be happier. IT professionals also need to find the happy medium between keeping their employees happy and making sure their networks are well protected. That is why more IT professionals are turning to outside companies to maintain the network that works with BYOD policies. Businesses and public entities alike are looking to make this move, witnessed by San Diego State contracting with Aruba Networks for their comprehensive BYOD management solution.

Aruba Networks will be implementing their ClearPass solution on the San Diego State campus and teamed up with the Aruba Networks Wireless Lan that the university will be able to rest easy despite the growing number of devices that are showing up on campus. The ClearPass solution offers a level of security that is needed when talking about the possibility of more than 20,000 mobile devices being online at roughly the same time.

"With our old access management system, we weren't able to access the necessary information from devices to properly prioritize and manage traffic," said Kent McKelvey, director of Telecomm and Network Services for SDSU, in a recent release. "With ClearPass, we will be able to view and manage all of that detailed information, and restrict or block access if necessary. ClearPass will provide us with the flexibility to manage a user base comprised of known and unknown users and will allow us to quickly and easily adjust how we determine levels of access."

Along with the ClearPass solutions, the university is also upgrading its WLAN so that all of its access points will be up to the 802.11n standard.

Edited by Alice Koganova

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