One day a Director stops by your desk and asks that you get setup for a new initiative to allow any user to bring devices to the network. What would you do first? In a lot of ways school boards are presented with very difficult task of providing a service to hundreds of thousands of constituents with little or no control over devices. At the Toronto District School Board there are a quarter million students and staff that rely on the network every day. On top of having to facilitate bring your own device initiatives the school must support the 1:1 program ensuring each student has a device to learn on.
With over 550 schools the networking and device management alone is very complex. Compounding this challenge is to assure that CyberSecurity threats, Web Traffic and Applications do not cripple the network. The board also has a strict procurement policy ensuring that projects and budgets are maximized for all departments.
With these challenges Ontario’s largest school board was seeking a vendor who could offer a solution to the growing CyberSecurity threat from thousands of unmanaged devices connecting to the network.
The main benefits the board was seeking was to: