If employees are complaining about slow WiFi, and weak network performance is causing inefficiencies in the workday, it’s time to take a look at exactly what’s slowing down your wireless connectivity. Of course, there could be a number of factors affecting the speed of your business’s WiFi, but one of the most common has to do with your network devices. Why is this the case? Read on to uncover four ways in which your network devices could be slowing down the WiFi across your organization.
There’s no denying that a strong campus WiFi network is critical in terms of attracting and retaining students in higher education. You’re dealing with a user base that expects to be connected via desktop PCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets, gaming devices and more -- plus the load of IoT-integrated technologies that campuses should be adopting to stay on the cutting edge and remain competitive among institutions. So, what if your campus WiFi network is actually failing?
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Major advancements in connectivity have brought today’s Internet users to a “point of no return” when it comes to the evolution of cyber threats. Every day, hackers become more skilled, finding new ways to attack systems and hold networks hostage. Because we now rely so heavily on the Internet for just about everything, there are increasing opportunities for security vulnerabilities to be exploited. For higher education IT professionals, addressing this reality is no small feat. Campus network security is more essential -- and more challenging -- than ever before. In far too many instances, colleges and universities are failing to ensure that their networks are truly secure. In fact, the 2017 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report has revealed that the education sector scored second-to-last (at 64 percent) on risk assessment and security assurance among the rated industries.
Today’s colleges and universities are challenged to provide more than just an education for matriculated students; they’re expected to deliver an entire experience. This experience should impact each student in a positive way, enabling them to learn, mature and evolve. Fortunately, advancements in technology and the Internet of Things have facilitated greater ways for institutions to cater to this experiential approach. As a result, higher education IT professionals have become a big part of the experience equation, charged with finding new ways to foster and enhance connectivity. From accessibility to security and everything in between, there is a wide range of progressive solutions that can be leveraged to elevate the student experience. One of those is advanced wayfinding.
Progress is inevitable, and in the healthcare industry, it’s a fast-moving train. Last year, healthcare IT professionals saw an uptick in technology approaches that support patient-centered and personalized medicine, the emergence of wearables and the Internet of Things and an increasing focus on big data thanks to electronic medical records. So, what will 2017 bring?
Today’s on-campus help desk is challenged with solving problems across a wide range of users and devices. From connectivity issues to hardware malfunctions and everything in between, there’s often a mounting pile of IT tickets to be received and resolved. This not only puts a strain on the resources appointed to address campus IT needs, but also affects how students and staff perceive the level of service they receive in response to help inquiries. The difference between exercising reactive IT measures that necessitate constant firefighting and implementing proactive IT solutions that foster improved service is knowing how to get ahead of the problems. So when it comes to managing your campus’s wireless network, it’s important to have the kind of architecture that enables you to use network overlay tools.