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Smart building technology can cut maintenance costs, streamline operations, and offer a better experience for residents and workers.
A microservices architecture can offer enterprises a number of benefits, but without a service mesh, IT teams will be unable to mitigate a slew of networking headaches.
With SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) simplifies the process of enterprise data protection and backups.
With open office plans, task-based layouts, high turnover, and diverse tenant rosters, coworking spaces represent some of the most challenging environments when it comes to network design. Here’s what coworking spaces must do to overcome these challenges.
With Libra, Facebook has taken the latest step in making cryptocurrency more ubiquitous, and now your enterprise data is more valuable to hackers than ever. Here’s how you can defend your networks.
For enterprises in the process of building proprietary applications, committing to a microservices architecture offers strategic benefits that are well worth the IT investment.
In order to develop best practices for threat intelligence, enterprises must be aware of the four most common types of primary threat actors.
As enterprises look for advanced networking technology to support their evolving needs, WiFi 6 offers a host of game-changing improvements over its predecessors.
The Building Internet of Things (BIoT) promises cost reductions, efficiency gains, and transformational capabilities, but enterprises will need top-tier network infrastructure to capture these benefits.
Running a successful IoT network can provide numerous benefits and efficiencies for your enterprise, but also comes with a number of challenges.
Smart building technology can cut maintenance costs, streamline operations, and offer a better experience for residents and workers — but only with the right network.
Neuromorphic computing uses analog circuitry to mimic the way the human brain processes information. Recent progress in the field could have a major impact on enterprise IT in the years to come.
No longer synonymous with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin alone, blockchain is being tapped by enterprises to fill gaps across a range of IT functionalities. But do its benefits outweigh its costs?
From Stuxnet to Industroyer, here’s what history's biggest IIoT hacks can teach us about cybersecurity in the Industrial Internet of Things.
Blockchain and artificial intelligence are both highly-touted emerging technologies, but for the enterprise, they might not intersect as well as you’d think.
Here are some strategies that enterprises can implement to better staff, upskill, and improve their IT departments.
While bringing operational technology online promises to transform the industrial sector, key stakeholders need to prioritize cybersecurity practices that protect newly connected assets.
WiFi 6 promises to improve wireless speeds, but obsolete cabling could place a bottleneck on your network.
Some forward-thinking enterprises are considering investing in private 5G networks.
Major corporations must understand — and avoid — these three common issues if they’re to get the high-performance enterprise WiFi networks they need to succeed.
In our latest video, we break down how port scan attacks work — and how to create effective deception-based defenses against hackers running port scans.
A comprehensive wireless site survey can help any business optimize network performance.
As increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals up the ante on enterprise IT teams, a new generation of strategies are needed to protect valuable assets.
Hospital networks are struggling to keep up with cybersecurity, HIPAA regulations, data management, and more.
Predictive network analytics are helping enterprises optimize their networks, anticipate capacity requirements, and forecast future needs more efficiently than ever.
No longer just a buzzworthy emerging technology, investment in SD-WAN is expected to see major growth in the coming years. These are the five advantages causing more and more enterprises to take notice of SD-WAN.
Unsure how to go about securing your enterprise network? Our video will give you a quick rundown of the steps you can take today to stop the cybersecurity threats of tomorrow.
The IoT is a broad and complex technology, which means there’s no default, out-of-the-box IoT solution that will be right-fit for every enterprise. There are many different ways to connect an Internet of Things network, and some may be more ideal for your business than others.
With powerful predictive analytics tools, enterprises can now leverage historical data to prevent network problems before they occur.
As the healthcare industry embraces rapid digitization, the pressure is on to solve IT staffing shortages that organizations can ill afford to ignore.
With the emergence of the Industrial Internet of Things comes increasing demand for collaboration between IT and OT, meaning convergence is on the horizon.
Considering a network security audit? Here’s how the process works — and how much it will cost.
The proliferation of IoT devices has spurred a new approach to Ethernet cabling that balances cutting-edge innovation with a tried-and-tested solution.
This simple concept helps explain the rise of cloud and edge computing within the era of big data.
Our new video explains how cybercriminals have evolved into agile, modern operators.
To manage complex networks and rapidly expanding IoT networks, IT teams will have to turn to the power of artificial intelligence.
As corporate networks evolve to keep pace with the IoT revolution, IT professionals need a new generation of tools to deal with growing pools of key data.
Network inefficiencies and outages can cost enterprises hundreds of thousands of dollars. With the right network monitoring tools, IT teams can address problems before they interrupt essential workflows.
Network management tools designed to command the ever-expanding web of assets at the network’s edge will make the new computing paradigm more powerful than ever before.
Hyper-converged infrastructure has helped enterprises develop more efficient IT practices, but industry experts are already envisioning the next generation of server technology.
Investing in the best network for your enterprise depends on understanding how the future of wireless connectivity will affect your business.
While edge computing isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for every business, the companies and organizations that know how to capitalize on its capabilities stand to see substantial benefits.
The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is fast becoming essential throughout the healthcare industry — but these smart devices can pose major security risks.
Port scan attacks, though unsophisticated and often harmless in and of themselves, are worth defending — and can be turned against cybercriminals with deception techniques.
A professional network assessment protects your business and improves performance.
Building a secure network for your enterprise means evaluating your vulnerabilities now — and understanding where your risks will come from in the future.
Choosing between the nearly infinite number of different data storage solutions can be overwhelming.
Industry experts promise that SD-WAN will transform how enterprises do business, manage their networks, and secure their data — but it isn’t without its challenges.
AIOps is a powerful tool, and although it will require enterprises to acquire new skill sets and remodel their IT teams, it won’t replace human engineers.
Oil and gas facilities are primary targets for bad actors, but the industry has work to do to protect its networks and repel threats. Our video explores why — and identifies what steps should be taken next.
Conventional wisdom suggests hackers have the upper hand in the war for cyber-supremacy, but deception technology has the potential to tip the odds in cybersecurity professionals’ favor.
While the IoT has already secured its place on the shortlist of mission-critical enterprise technologies, the dust hasn’t settled yet. From connected vehicles to disaster warning systems and beyond, the catalogue of promising IoT applications will only continue to grow. But to capitalize on this emerging platform, enterprises will need a clear idea of how they plan to use it — and which networking solutions they’ll need to make that plan possible.
CISOs bring their niche expertise to bear on organizational data security — all on limited budgets and under mounting pressure. What are the best ways to get the job done?
Our new video breaks down the basics of optimizing WiFi in large public venues.
University IT departments must take steps to bolster their campus networks as collegiate eSports become increasingly popular.
Our new video breaks down what should be included in a comprehensive network audit checklist.
Smart factories bring sophisticated network solutions to bear on systemic industrial inefficiencies. With the right tools, they can help your business advance to industry 4.0.
Investing in data backup strategy requires more than just capital investment. Enterprises must carefully consider the unique specifications of their networks in order to find the most suitable — and most cost-efficient — solution for their business.
Make sure you invest in a warehouse WiFi solution that provides your team with the support they need to succeed.
With a network designed to meet your business’s needs, your team will have the support they need to meet your goals and ensure customer satisfaction.
The decentralization of data towards the “edge” of the cloud is on the rise thanks to developments like the IoT and the increasing number of endpoints within enterprise networks. Does this strategy make sense for network managers in K-12 schools?
To achieve maximal efficiency, businesses must process and analyze data in near-real-time — to do that, they need edge computing.
Hyper-converged IT infrastructures are becoming increasingly mainstream, but many enterprise stakeholders remain unclear as to what hyperconvergence really entails — and why it matters.
As hyper-converged IT infrastructures become increasingly mainstream, enterprises must brush up on the approach lest they fall behind industry standards.
Merging the physical and digital worlds, digital twin technology has the potential to transform the enterprise.
By combining the power of edge computing with the flexibility of the cloud, fog computing has the potential to boost the efficiency of IT operations in a variety of industry verticals.
The IoT has the potential to transform the way we do business, but enterprises need to ensure their infrastructure is prepared to capitalize on the opportunity.
When WiFi fails in the healthcare setting, the quality of patient care can be compromised. Hospitals can avoid wireless network failures if they’re aware of their most common causes.
Columbia University’s Teachers College had a legacy IT infrastructure that couldn’t keep up with increasing demands. Here’s how TTI helped.
When it comes to the health of your enterprise’s digital infrastructure, choosing the right network monitoring tool can make all the difference.
Recent warnings from multiple government agencies have underscored the massive cybersecurity liability that unsecured IoT devices present.
As the IoT grows more central to the world of enterprise networking, enterprises must ensure that their IT infrastructure is prepared for the enormous changes to come.
Blockchain technology has paradigm-shifting potential in the healthcare IT space, but questions remain as to how soon this potential will be realized.
Relying on a multicloud solution as the core of an enterprise networking infrastructure presents challenges most companies aren't equipped to deal with.
Many employees expect to be able to use their own devices at work. Here’s how enterprise IT teams can ensure the BYOD craze doesn’t expose their networks to undue risk.
Thinking of getting a wireless site survey performed at your workplace? The experts at Turn-key Technologies are here to walk you through the process.
The hyper-converged SimpliVity 2600 could finally bring the IoT in from the cold.
The IoT is already making waves in the enterprise space, but as it continues to grow, IT teams need to evaluate whether their existing infrastructures are primed to make the most of it.
The biggest threat to national security resides 26,000 miles from the U.S. mainland — distributed across the United States’ 658 active satellites.
The value of a TTI partnership comes to life in our new animated video.
Everyone is buzzing about “hybrid cloud” strategies, but clarity around that conversation is being muddled by widely-held misunderstandings of this terminology.
The push for telemedicine and opioid response tech in public policy has the potential to simplify documentation for physicians — but it could also complicate security for healthcare IT specialists.
A new study from InfoSec Institute shows that the high-tech cybersecurity industry is behind the times when it comes to gender equality — could sustained efforts to close the gender pay gap also close the industry’s widening skills gap?
In response to the hacking of the 2016 elections by hostile foreign parties, Congress has given state election authorities millions of dollars with which to upgrade their digital infrastructures.
IT pros must recognize their need for more robust data storage to remain competitive in an increasingly data-dense future. Future-proof your enterprise’s data storage infrastructure and choose the right solution for your business’ needs.
Many companies are turning to multicloud solutions for their network infrastructure, but depending on the internet for network performance presents a challenge most businesses aren’t equipped to deal with.
Your organization’s cybersecurity policy is your best line of defense against cyberattacks, but gaps in your infrastructure may be putting you at risk.
Federal law enforcement agencies are pleading with software and device makers for cryptographic backdoors that will allow them to execute warrant searches on encrypted devices. But most cybersecurity experts believe backdoors will make us less safe.
Improperly secured IoT devices represent a significant threat to the integrity of IT infrastructures of campuses across the country.
The potential of mobile enterprise systems to improve productivity and efficiency has made them an essential business function in 2018, but big growth means big changes that organizations must be ready for.
Cybercrime is a growing problem, and many companies don’t have the in-house talent to protect their networks. Managed IT services offer companies a powerful and cost-effective way to fight back.
Despite the broadening appeal of SD-WAN, rumors of MPLS’ demise have been greatly exaggerated.
DDoS attacks represent a serious, growing cybersecurity threat. Successfully thwarting these malicious assaults seems impossibly difficult, but companies that implement sound defensive security controls can mitigate damage and keep their networks running smoothly.
Real-time locating systems offer precise indoor asset tracking that empowers hospitals to improve performance, cost-efficiency, and security. Their implementation should drive remarkable savings across the healthcare industry.
The promise of off-the-shelf network automation remains unrealized. But until the day this long-awaited automation solution arrives, IT pros can make their jobs easier by taking their own steps toward network automation.
Ubiquitous, destructive, and difficult to defend, backdoor attacks of cloud services constitute unique threats to enterprise networks — and they demand unique mitigation techniques to match.
“Software-defined networking” has become something of an IT industry buzzword, but its underlying mechanics are more complicated than many people realize.
The technology is being developed for and deployed in practically every industry, but what does the term “machine learning” really mean? More importantly, what does this technology do, and how will it impact your business?
5G will enable faster mobile internet speeds and lower latency times, while making it far easier to support IoT devices. But new challenges to indoor propagation mean enterprises will have to invest wisely to ensure that productivity at their offices can benefit from the coming sea-change.
By leveraging a simple botnet, hackers were able to submit millions of fraudulent comments to the FCC in advance of its vote on net neutrality.
Internet-connected devices like smart security cameras offer enterprises numerous benefits, but with those benefits come serious cybersecurity risks.
To realize the tremendous potential of the Internet of Underwater Things, the networking community first must find a solution to the problem of submarine connectivity.
Sophisticated analytics tools are all but a must in increasingly complex networking environments like colleges and universities.
The ongoing cybersecurity skills shortage is forcing many companies to find creative ways of keeping their IT infrastructure secure.
Many companies are turning to cybersecurity technology platforms as a means of offsetting the ongoing cybersecurity skills shortage.
Building a reliable hospital network is inherently difficult, but the rapid, broad-based digitization of the industry in the past few years has made it even harder.
As a growing number of their IT processes migrate to the cloud, enterprises must reevaluate their approach to networking.
According to cyberlaw expert Michael Yaeger, corporate boards have a responsibility to start taking cybersecurity seriously.
Companies are still interested in migrating their IT processes to the cloud, but many are struggling to find the requisite cybersecurity talent to do so safely.
The healthcare industry as a whole remains woefully behind the cloud computing curve, but it's not too late for healthcare organizations to catch up.
Corporate data breaches continue to cost companies millions of dollars per incident, yet many IT teams are still struggling to provide robust cybersecurity.
As more and more devices come online, IT professionals working to maintain high-performing, secure networks will come to rely on the help of artificial intelligence technologies.
While it’s hard for executives to deny the danger that cybercrime poses both to their bottom line and their relationship with customers, many IT professionals continue to struggle with securing the board-level buy-in necessary to execute a sophisticated cybersecurity strategy.
A new survey confirms what many IT industry insiders have known for years: the average internet user values convenience far more than cybersecurity.
The Internet of Things will soon be a critical component of any enterprise’s infrastructure, but many are ill-prepared to exploit this powerful set of technologies to full effect.
Artificial intelligence technology — and especially its pivotal role in the shift to value-based care — was a hot topic of discussion at HIMSS 2018.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for enterprise IT teams to deal with every cybersecurity threat to their organizations, but artificial intelligence represents a promising solution.
Energy in America is a contentious political issue, but all parties agree that our energy infrastructure is far too vulnerable to foreign and domestic cyberthreats.
Doing business with the EU just got a bit trickier. Here’s what you need to do to prepare as the Union’s new data privacy laws go into effect.
In the era of artificial intelligence and the internet of things, it seems enterprises are returning to data processing ways of the past — and for good reason.
Digital twinning represents the ultimate convergence of the physical and digital worlds, making it the perfect technology for network design and management.
An enterprise’s networks are only as secure as the habits of its most careless employee, meaning comprehensive cybersecurity education is a must.
Hospitals remain a popular target for cybercriminals, who continue to drain America’s healthcare system of valuable resources.
Corporate networks are becoming more complex by the day. To keep up, enterprise IT teams should start to consider networking tools driven by cutting-edge technology like AI.
The value of a cloud-based IT infrastructure has become too great for hospitals and other healthcare providers to ignore.
Configuring (and managing) today’s massive corporate networks has become completely overwhelming for IT staff, but the rise of AI-based networking may soon offer a solution.
The internet has become yet another front for international warfare over the past decade, which makes robust enterprise cybersecurity an increasingly difficult and high-stakes endeavor.
The task of cybersecurity is rapidly becoming too complex for humans to handle alone. That’s why artificial intelligence will become an increasingly powerful tool for IT teams — as well as the cybercriminals trying to outmaneuver them.
Tomorrow’s office environments will be defined first and foremost by IoT devices, but enterprises won’t be able to make good use of them without powerful networks that can support the dozens or hundreds of demanding new connections.
Despite the ongoing cybersecurity skills shortage, companies should only pursue cybersecurity professionals with the proper credentials.
Cybercrime is on the rise, in part because hackers have learned to run their operations like an agile, modern business.
Oil rigs and oilfields are incredibly lucrative targets for cybercriminals, which is why it’s so concerning that the oil-producing nations of OPEC still haven’t established good cybersecurity protocols.
Providing free WiFi is a great way for landlords to set their properties apart and guarantee interest from more potential tenants.
Hospitality workers are subjected to an inordinate amount of sexual harassment and abuse, which is why many hotels are starting to provide panic buttons to every employee.
Military forces operating in remote or hostile environments depend on cutting-edge networking technologies in order achieve critical information superiority.
According to a new report from McAfee, ransomware will continue to be the foremost threat to the cybersecurity of healthcare organizations in the new year.
Today’s colleges and universities face unique challenges when it comes to protecting staff and students from cybercrime. What’s causing the industry to lag behind, and what can be done to fix it?
With a new wireless networking standard set to be released in the near future, 2018 may prove to be a landmark year in enterprise WiFi.
End-to-end networking solutions offer IT teams unparalleled control over performance and security, making them a perfect fit for increasingly complex hospital IT environments.
In addition to supporting thousands of connections a day, enterprise networks have to overcome the dozens of interference issues that come with a large office environment — and that includes your festive holiday lights.
As the volume of data transmitted worldwide continues to grow each day, researchers are focusing on new, more efficient ways of transmitting information.
Large public venues are having to create increasingly powerful wireless networks in order to satisfy their patrons’ demands, but this often takes an incredible amount of resources.
Students are bringing more devices to campus than ever before, and using up more bandwidth than ever in the process.
Though likely well over a decade away, the quantum computing revolution will fundamentally redefine both hacking and cybersecurity.
User feedback can be a great way for networking professionals to discover a connectivity problem, but in order to pinpoint the source of the problem, they need something more.
The information contained within medical records is often more valuable to cybercriminals than credit card numbers, which means healthcare organizations must make an extra effort to secure their networks.
Securing a corporate network usually requires hiring outside experts to perform a comprehensive network audit, but this initial outlay is more than worth it.
The adoption of green networking practices offers enterprises a rare opportunity to make a business decision that improves both the bottom line and the world.
Designing and implementing a wireless network that is equally reliable and secure can be a challenge in a large venue, but it’s possible with the right approach.
Improving your company’s network performance can be as easy as making a few simple adjustments — if you know what you’re doing, that is.
The future of healthcare rests with successful integrations of cutting-edge technologies, but this will require robust and secure wireless networks.
Despite being particularly vulnerable to cybersecurity threats, the oil and gas industry has yet to take appropriate steps to secure its digital infrastructure.
As enterprise IT becomes increasingly defined by virtualization and cloud computing, network microsegmentation will be the only way to ensure proper information security.
Cisco’s new intent-based networking software has the IT community talking, but is this solution truly innovative, or is the company simply hoping to be associated with a new industry buzzword?
Hospital administrators must balance such a wide range of considerations when setting up their wireless networks that it’s nearly impossible to do so properly without the help of an experienced partner.
Millennials use internet-connected devices more frequently and in ways that require more bandwidth than any other generation. Accommodating that usage pattern requires expert network design.
Digital technologies have revolutionized oilfield workflows, but before they can deliver on their true potential, oil companies must have properly planned and configured wireless networks.
President Trump spends a significant amount of time away from the White House at his own real estate properties, where some experts worry he is potentially exposing his and his staff’s digital communications to prying eyes.
As K-12 students become more and more digitally connected, the way in which classroom learning is conducted continues to evolve. From personal devices to in-school technologies, there’s a real need for K-12 institutions to cultivate a highly connected, optimized and secure network infrastructure. But a school network requires a much different IT approach than implementations in most other industries. There are very specific needs to be addressed, and identifying the right solutions can be difficult.
High-density WiFi deployment can make or break a large venue or event. Here’s how to make sure you get it right.
Seeking a new network solutions partner? Looking for a company to perform a review of your IT infrastructure? On the hunt for someone who can implement a hardware installation at your organization? Regardless of your networking needs, the search for an experienced and knowledgeable provider is often a complex and frustrating experience -- so much so that many in this predicament become paralyzed by the plethora of options available to them and are unable to make a decision.
IT solutions seem to evolve at an unprecedented rate. The top network and security trends this month aren’t what they were last month (let alone last year!). So, how are organizations and enterprises expected to keep up with the most current updates and emerging concepts? In today’s business climate, falling behind with your technology solutions simply isn’t an option. That’s why Turn-key Technologies is launching this new series on the latest trends in IT solutions.
The modern hacker is intelligent and innovative -- and probably attempting to breach your business systems as we speak. Today’s cyber attackers are evolved. They’re constantly learning from new security protections and finding ways around them. They’re relentlessly identifying opportunities to plunder data and hold networks hostage. They’re progressive, not stagnant. To have any chance of defending against them, your approach must be just as fluid.
Turn-key Technologies was recently awarded "Top 10 Network Design and Integration Services Companies in 2017" by Enterprise Services Outlook.
You wouldn’t attempt to build a home using tree branches and twine. You wouldn’t try to contact a friend via telegram. You wouldn’t think of playing your favorite album on a phonograph. These tools are outdated and highly insufficient to meet today’s needs. Even alluding to them seems absurd. Why, then, would you consider relying on outdated, insufficient network security solutions to protect your critical assets in this increasingly advanced age of cyber crime?
You know there are cyber security threats out there, growing more dangerous and more complex every day. You know you can’t afford to put your organization’s data, clients, employees or assets at risk. You know you need to fortify your network before a security breach assaults your operations and inflicts irrevocable damage. But how do you make this happen? Designing a network that’s built on a foundation of solid security takes knowledge, experience and the right approach.
Hackers are targeting enterprise networks with greater determination than ever; these recent cyberattacks are keeping enterprise CISOs up at night.
When the time comes to make some changes to your network capabilities, and you’re tasked with evaluating network design proposals aimed at delivering the most suitable, cost-effective solutions, it’s important to make sure you’re not overlooking any essential factors. If you don’t know exactly what you should be looking for from a prospective provider, the process is apt to become complicated and frustrating, and you’re unlikely to end up with the outcomes you’re expecting.
As wireless networks become a necessity at organizations in every industry across the globe, solution providers are challenged to meet the evolving needs of technology professionals and enterprise leaders everywhere. Knowledge, expertise and innovation are critical in this industry, and some providers are standing out among the crowd -- delivering solutions that transform business, healthcare, education and other fields in a highly valuable way. This much can be said of Turn-key Technologies, Inc., which was recently honored as one of CIO Review’s Most Promising Wireless Solution Providers, an annual list of 20 companies that are at the forefront of providing wireless solutions and impacting the marketplace.
Is your school district putting the necessary amount of attention on addressing the growing challenge of cybercrime in education? Recent attacks on schools throughout the country are serious warnings to tighten up your information security awareness efforts and develop a plan to ensure that your schools are protected.
Although you may have heard this all before, hackers are more innovative now, than ever. It’s time for a refresher. As you are well aware, your company has a lot of information and communication flowing from person to person, within and outside the organization. This flow keeps your company running, and it’s an integral part of the relationship between your business and your clients. So what would happen if that exchange was suddenly severed, or if the sensitive data being transmitted was compromised in some way? Today, these security risks are all too real -- and they could cost your organization significantly. Unfortunately, the problem may be caused by your own employees.
Even if IT professionals have dotted their i’s and crossed their t’s when it comes to cybersecurity, uninformed employees can accidentally expose enterprise networks to digital threats.
When you consider what’s involved in a network assessment, you’re likely to categorize the entire effort as a technical check-up. It’s true that a major component of a network assessment is examining the technical aspects. This involves a complete evaluation of cabling, firewalls, access points, switches, routers, VPNs, firmware, hardware, traffic, workstations, security vulnerabilities, devices, sources of interference and so on. But as important as this technical side is, it’s not the only consideration in a network assessment. There’s a vital business element that you must address in order to ensure a top-performing network.
An enterprise-grade network audit can vastly improve your network’s performance. From BYOD to bandwidth demands, these are the 6 things you need to include in your network audit checklist:
As the education landscape evolves, Internet access becomes more and more integral to each school’s curricula. Unfortunately, funding this need can be difficult for some in the K-12 school districts. That’s why E-rate is so valuable. This government-funded discount program enables schools and libraries to secure affordable Internet access and telecommunications services. Are you up to speed on how your school can take advantage of the program this year?
Enterprise WiFi networks pose unique challenges. Accommodating hundreds or thousands of users — each with multiple devices — is far different than running a personal network.
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?
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.
Technological advancement has transformed higher education. Today, connectivity is no longer a “nice-to-have.” It’s not something that campus administrators can afford to skimp on. Students and faculty need (and expect to have) available, reliable and secure campus Wi-Fi access from anywhere, at any time, using any device. In order to meet this expectation, many colleges and universities promote a "free love" environment for accessing their wireless network. They aim to make accessibility as easy as possible so as to accommodate users across campus, from the classroom to the dorm room. With this level of openness, however, comes significant security risks. As such, campus IT professionals are challenged to provide the feel of "free love" in a secure environment that doesn’t put the institution or its wireless users at risk.
The health of your hospital’s patients is, in some ways, tied to the health of your wireless network. When poor network performance gets in the way of providing the kind of exceptional care your organization is expected to deliver, it’s time to make the appropriate improvements and upgrades. Of course, the first obstacle in this process is often budget, and the question at the tip of your tongue is likely to be: How much is this going to cost? To get a better idea of what you should be factoring into your investment, take a look at the following expenditures that are likely to be part of your hospital’s wireless network update.
Poor Wi-Fi performance in a hospital setting can be debilitating. Everyday operations and mission-critical equipment rely on having a strong wireless network. If hospital staff members are experiencing problems like spotty coverage, slow connectivity, frequent equipment failure and security issues, your hospital’s Wi-Fi network is putting patient care at risk. But for many professionals, the idea of undertaking a complete system overhaul is frightening. The effort, the costs, the potential for downtime -- all of these realities are concerning. Fortunately, there are ways you can improve the health of your hospital’s Wi-Fi network without expending all of your resources, draining your budget or causing major headaches for your staff.
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Your hospital’s wireless network is constantly being bombarded by a multitude of devices, all of which are designed for different uses. From EHR systems and medical technologies to patient and guest smartphones and tablets, the demands on your Wi-Fi are immense. The bad news: This perpetual siphoning of connectivity may be slowing down your network, frustrating users across the hospital -- from doctors, nurses and technicians to patients, visitors and administrative staff. The good news: A network upgrade can resolve your hospital Wi-Fi issues and improve the experience for users. In a hospital setting, efficient and reliable wireless access is essential for providing exceptional care and keeping all critical medical applications running smoothly.
There isn’t a whole lot that’s more frustrating to hospital staff than a wireless network with spotty coverage, slow connectivity and severed connections. Daily hospital operations rely heavily on the ability to connect various devices via Wi-Fi. If the performance of your wireless network is poor, it’s going to cause huge headaches for the people who need to access it regularly -- and, subsequently, for your healthcare IT team. One factor that can contribute to these WiFi issues is radio frequency (RF) interference. This interference is caused by electromagnetic signals emitted by many types of appliances and devices, including things like electronics, wireless phones, microwaves and Bluetooth devices. If you’re preparing to update your hospital’s wireless network, it is absolutely essential to make radio frequency planning a part of the process. You can’t achieve the necessary coverage and wireless performance if you don’t fully understand the RF environment into which the network is being deployed. You must take that knowledge into consideration when planning your network update -- or risk experiencing connection problems and incurring even greater costs for your organization.
You’ve experienced the ways your hospital Wi-Fi can fail. Spotty connectivity, slow Internet speed, frequent equipment failure -- these are all red flags that indicate a weakened wireless network. And the consequences are grim. In a hospital environment, you can’t risk these consequences. It is critical for your network to support both medical professionals and patients. That means having an infrastructure that accounts for any interferences with connectivity, beginning with the hospital’s construction.
Smartphones, tablets, laptops, monitors and other medical technology -- all of these devices are trying to access your healthcare organization’s WLAN, which is likely to be causing some significant frustrations across the network. Perhaps this problem is resulting in insufficient performance and impacting mission-critical applications. If this is the case, you’re failing to ensure optimal healthcare IT, and that’s no way to achieve a high level of quality, efficiency and security in daily operations. There’s always going to be a high volume of people visiting your organization, which translates to many devices trying to connect. The fact is patients want both quality care AND service, so you can’t ensure patient satisfaction if you’re offering a slow connection or denying guest access. With so many options available in healthcare today, it is essential to stay competitive and keep patients happy. After all, you can’t afford to lose them. Is there a way around this predicament? How does a healthcare IT department go about handling it?
Staying competitive in the hospital market today is about more than just treating patients; it involves focusing on the areas of service and care that elevate your organization above the rest. The healthcare landscape is advancing by the minute, and it’s critical to keep up if your hospital has any chance of surviving. Perhaps you’re implementing all the right initiatives when it comes to patient-centered care. You may have a top-notch staff and the latest in technology. But, all of that could be for naught if you have a wireless networking infrastructure that is hindering your efforts to bring the very best in patient care. If obstacles like slow connectivity or even outages in certain areas are plaguing your daily hospital operations, you don’t have the kind of strong network design that enables you to maintain that crucial competitive edge. Take a look at some of the ways poor design of your organization’s wireless networking infrastructure may be negatively impacting employees and patients -- and causing giant headaches for your IT operation.
The healthcare environment has been making a colossal evolution toward patient-centric care. As competition between the myriad of hospitals and care centers has become more fierce, healthcare organizations must step up and meet the demands of patients -- or risk losing them. That is why the model of patient-centered care is so crucial. With this shift in focus, however, comes a shift in how information must be delivered to meet the requirements of the new environment. Communication and data need to be transferred quickly and accurately through improved healthcare IT solutions. So, what steps should CIOs be taking to plan for a smooth and successful transition? Use the following four recommendations to help prepare for the emerging healthcare environment, enable your team to reach maximum levels of efficiency and provide the highest quality of patient care and service.
When the WiFi goes down, hospitals stop functioning. Here are the three most common reasons hospitals experience wireless network failures — and how to prevent them.
Patients are more educated than ever before, and they have many more options for healthcare available to them. This puts a great deal of pressure on hospitals to stand out by increasing the quality of care they provide. That’s why healthcare IT is so important. From tablets and laptops to EMR systems, hospitals are constantly evolving their technology to maintain a competitive advantage. With this proliferation of technology solutions to improve patient care, having a reliable and high-performing wireless networking infrastructure is a necessity. It is the foundation for enabling technology solutions to function properly and efficiently. This places a heavy responsibility on IT professionals to implement solutions that deliver. Follow these four useful ways to improve the quality of care at your hospital through a more robust wireless network.
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