Just in case you have missed something we’re living in a mobile world. Smartphone and tablets are increasingly the predominant devices on our networks, moving traffic away from wired to wireless and changing the way we need to design and manage our networks. As businesses were even adopting BYOD ( Bring your own device ) to the office to allow of staff to use on your work network via your wifi. I can guarantee most business owner love the fact the staff have paid for the devices which allows them to do more work for them, but what they forget is the security aspects. How can we find a balance, and how can we simplify the increasingly complex management task?
As a corporate outfit you are likely using a tool like Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager or its cloud service Intune to manage devices, with Windows Network Access Protection controlling access to network resources – while using proprietary tools to push configurations to network equipment. That is a complex mix of tools and technologies, and one that requires several different skill sets. But as an SME you will probably not have made this type of investment due to the cost and support that is required.
Does your business block Bandwidth-hungry apps, so for example your users updating their iphones won’t stop your CRM system from giving the sales team customer contacts. Our Consultants have experience where some forward think SME’s have done some simple and cost effective solutions as well as also looking at why some companies are stopping the roll-out of of wifi.
The NHS are a huge government unit, and a recent freedom of information request by Enterasys Networks shows 64% of NHS Trusts don’t offer wifi to their patients. Now we dont expect them to offer wifi over their own private netowork, but it does got to show the uptake in hopsitals is very low. Some NHS trust have install the internet as a service on the own bed side media centres machines and patient then have to pay about £10, to allow them to make calls, watch TV and surf the internet. With the average length of stay in hospitals coming in at around one week and the average cost of each bed being £400 per day, it seems like a missed opportunity to improve the patient experience. So why has the NHS failed to bring its connectivity in line with the private sector – and can we expect to see a change? Those hospitals that do use wifi have had very positive experiences. The main fear stated by non wifi hospitals lies in security. Many hospitals still view wireless networks as less secure than wired ( and they would be correct ) and in an age where the NHS is coming under increasing scrutiny when it comes to data loss – and has the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) ready to impose fines for any breach of the Data Protection Act – the idea of having an open network for anyone to use can scare even the technologically savvy.
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