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January 22, 2013 09:00 ET

Las Virgenes Unified School District Selects Bradford Networks to Enable Secure BYOD Across Its 17 Schools

Bradford Networks Provides Complete Visibility and Control for More Than 50,000 Mobile Devices to Enhance the Classroom Education Experience

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - Jan 22, 2013) - Bradford Networks, the best choice to enable secure network access for corporate issued and personal mobile devices, today announced that Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) has selected its Network Access Control (NAC) solution to enable secure BYOD (bring-your-own-device) across the District's 17 schools. With Bradford Networks' solution, LVUSD will enable students to easily and safely use their mobile devices as part of the 21st century classroom experience, while protecting the school network from threats introduced by these devices and unauthorized access to sensitive school data.

The Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) is revolutionizing the classroom experience. In a district-wide initiative, the LVUSD is utilizing technology to improve the way students learn, solve problems and think critically. As part of this initiative, LVUSD is integrating a wide range of electronic resources into the classroom including the students' own mobile devices. To support this BYOD model, LVUSD looked for a solution that would allow each of its 11,500 students and 1,000 staff members to connect up to four devices to the school's wireless network quickly, easily and safely, without overloading IT staff.

LVUSD selected a BYOD solution that combines a wireless network from Aerohive, cabling from Advance Communications, content filtering and reporting from Nomadix, and Bradford Networks' network access control. Bradford Networks' partner Accuvant is providing integration and project management services. Following recommendations from multiple wireless vendors, LVUSD determined that Bradford Networks' simple and automated onboarding, as well as its visibility, user profiling, and security control features made it the ideal NAC solution to support up to 50,000 student- and faculty-owned mobile devices accessing the network. In addition, LVUSD particularly liked the fact that Bradford Networks provides a solution for device and user authentication that does not require the 802.1x network authentication protocol.

"Unlike in the past, we now want our students to be able to connect to educational resources during the school day, but to do this we need to ensure that our BYOD initiative is first and foremost safe, onboarding is easy and the overall solution is cost effective," said Phil Scrivano, chief technology officer, LVUSD. "I need visibility into who each mobile user is; I need to be able to identify their device type and what resources it is using; I need to ensure that devices are free of malware, and I need network access to go through our content filters. And most importantly, we don't want our students, especially the younger ones, to have to go through a lot of tedious security checks. With Bradford Networks our 11,500 students will be able to safely use their mobile devices for learning activities and collaboration, without putting a strain on our IT department and resources."

Once the BYOD solution is deployed, students will register each device, once per year, through the school's branded Bradford Networks' web page. After that, whenever a student turns on his or her device at any of the LVUSD campuses, Bradford Networks will automatically identify the user and device and provide access to relevant educational resources based on the student's Active Directory permissions, while sensitive school data and critical infrastructure will be protected from unauthorized access. Furthermore, through its integration with Normadix, Bradford Networks will identify a user and device that is transmitting inappropriate or dangerous information.

"I believe this enterprise wireless project will be the biggest change for the classroom in the last two hundred years. Now, with the help of Bradford Networks, students will have the power of technology in their own hands which will really change the way they learn, while we will have the visibility and control to ensure a safe BYOD experience for the students, faculty and school," Scrivano concluded.

"LVUSD is a visionary school district that recognized the need for a wireless classroom to advance education and engage its current and its future K-12 students," said Tom Murphy, CMO, Bradford Networks. "With up to 50,000 devices accessing the school's network, each bringing with it its own unique configuration and level of security risk, we are proud that we were chosen to protect the District's network in its evolution toward BYOD. Our product's automated onboarding process and flexible policies will allow LVUSD's IT department to easily and safely implement a set-and-forget BYOD policy."

About Bradford Networks
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.
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