CAMBRIDGE, MA and HAMPSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan 14, 2013) - Bradford Networks, the best choice to enable secure network access for corporate issued and personal mobile devices, and Khipu Networks, a provider of Cyber Security Solutions within the education sector, today announced that hundreds of thousands of students at more than 100 leading educational institutions across the UK enjoyed a seamless and secure mobile device onboarding process during student intake, due to Bradford Networks' Network Access Control (NAC) solution.
Every year, millions of students converge on universities, colleges and schools across the UK, often bringing 3-4 mobile devices with them. In the past, these institutions struggled to safely onboard students' devices onto their wired and wireless networks, which impacted network security, drained IT resources, and frustrated users.
This 2013 academic year, more than 100 leading academic institutions across the UK relied on Bradford Networks and Khipu Networks to provide their students, faculty and staff with a fully automated and secure onboarding process for their mobile devices -- improving student satisfaction and network security while significantly reducing help desk calls. These institutions include:
- Cranleigh School
- Durham University
- Kent College Canterbury
- Liverpool John Moore's University
- Loretto School
- Royal Agricultural College
- Tewkesbury School
- The King's School, Canterbury
- University of Buckingham
- University of Cambridge: Christ's College, Gonville and Caius College
- University of Oxford: Lady Margaret Hall, Harris Manchester College, Pembroke College, St. Anne's College and New College Oxford
- University of Surrey
The University of Nottingham uses Bradford Networks to provide students with secure access to its wired network. Darren Wheatcroft, senior systems development officer, IT Services at the University of Nottingham, commented: "2013 was the quietest start of the school year that we've ever had thanks to Khipu Networks and Bradford Networks. The majority of our students successfully pre-registered their devices remotely before they even left their homes. Using a dissolvable agent, Bradford Networks seamlessly checked their devices for up-to-date anti-virus software and our OS requirements. If the device passed the checks, it was automatically granted appropriate access to residential and campus networks based on the user's profile. If it failed, the device was granted limited Internet access until the problem was fixed. Bradford Networks significantly cut the help desk workload and more importantly, provided a positive and safe experience for our students."
At the University of Portsmouth, Bradford Networks is providing secure access to the university's wired networks at its Halls of Residence and on campus, based on user access policies that include device location and IP address.
James Holland, network & security services manager at the University of Portsmouth, said: "The provisioning process for new students this year was excellent and helped us kick off the academic year on the right foot. 75% of our students successfully registered their devices before they arrived at the beginning of the school year and were immediately granted access to the appropriate network, while the remainder successfully on-boarded their devices during the following few days."
"Bradford Networks also provides great visibility into what devices students are connecting to the network and notifies us immediately of any problems, such as out of date anti-virus software or when a student unplugs a university-owned networked device and uses the port for his/her own connectivity. With Bradford Networks, we can immediately see what's going on, address the problem and ensure that users have secure access to the right networks based on who they are and what device they are using," added Holland.
"We all know that students today simply can't live without connectivity, so we are very pleased to have helped these leading institutions provide their students with seamless and secure access to their campus' networks as soon as they arrive at their Institutions," said Matt Ashman, co-founder and sales director, Khipu Networks."2013 has been our most successful student in-take period to date."
"Bradford Networks is recognized as the vendor of choice for universities, colleges and schools that are proactively embracing the evolving needs of BYOD, and we are proud to make the student mobile device onboarding process a non-issue across the UK," commented Tom Murphy, CMO, Bradford Networks. "BYOD often presents significant challenges for IT departments that are required to effectively manage and secure extremely diverse network environments and multitudes of devices accessing the campus network concurrently. Bradford Networks integrates with existing IT infrastructure and correlates network, security, endpoint device, and user information to correctly provision network access while ensuring compliance and protecting the campus network from security risks."
About Bradford Networks (www.bradfordnetworks.com)
Bradford Networks offers the best solution to enable secure network access for corporate issued and personal mobile devices. The company's flexible Bradford Networks platform is the first network security offering that can automatically identify and profile all devices and all users on a network, providing complete visibility and control. Unlike vendor-specific network security products, Bradford Networks provides a view across all brands of network equipment and connecting devices eliminating the network blind spots that can introduce risk. Bradford Networks is now used by more than 900 customers worldwide in markets such as healthcare, financial services, retail, government, education and more.
About Khipu Networks (www.khipu-networks.com)
Khipu Networks is a Cyber Security solutions provider that has a large presence within the education sector, providing network access, visibility and control solutions. with over 10 years' experience and 400+ education customer deployments, we have specialist expertise in meeting the challenges when providing an open, flexible but secure network environment to students, staff and visitors. Khipu was recently recognized as Bradford Networks' 2012 International Partner of the Year.
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