Laptops, smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices are delivering unprecedented benefits to college campuses around the country. Not only do 81 percent of college students reportedly use mobile devices to study, but professors are also leveraging the power of mobility to distribute interactive assignments, share educational resources, and enhance the classroom experience. In addition, mobility has made it more convenient than ever for faculty to communicate with students, department heads, and each other.
With that said, there remain significant security risks associated with mobility in higher education. Without the proper protective measures in place, a breach could occur, putting the entire organization at risk and potentially exposing the personal and financial information of students and faculty.
To deliver on the benefits of mobility without compromising security, college IT departments are advised to adopt an Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution that is:
1. Scalable. The right EMM strategy can meet your institution’s current and future mobile needs. We recommend selecting a scalable solution that can easily support deployments of any size and manage unlimited devices without requiring additional resources.
2. Secure. A strong EMM strategy enables students and faculty to use their preferred device without jeopardizing data security. We recommend choosing a solution that enforces security policies, offers real-time visibility of network activity, and requires personal mobile devices to enroll in EMM before gaining network access.
3. Flexible. According to a recent study, college students each own an average of seven tech devices. An ideal EMM solution can support any device students and faculty choose to use – today and in the future. In addition to maintaining the organization’s present security and productivity, this ensures the school is prepared for future use cases. For example, when wearables enter the college campus, or a professor wants to use a new device in the classroom, a flexible EMM solution can accommodate these new technologies.
4. Comprehensive. Finally, we recommend making sure your EMM strategy encompasses the full scope of the institution’s mobile needs. For example, in addition to overseeing devices and maintaining security policies, the platform should manage and secure applications, file sharing, browsing, email, and other capabilities.
What to see how others are managing their EMM strategy? Check out Calero’s managed mobility case studies.