Students and staff expect 24-7 access to content and information from any device; here’s how to provide safe, secure access via mobile devices—whether they’re school-issued or part of a BYOD program


Understanding the differences between managing school-owned or “bring you own” devices is key.

Students, teachers, and administrators expect access to educational content and information from any device, at all hours of the day—and these demands place a huge burden on school IT staff. How can school leaders provide secure mobile access to content and information?

Answering this question was the focus of a recent eSchool News webinar sponsored by Symantec Corp.

Called “Enabling the Classrooms of Tomorrow,” the webinar featured advice on providing 24-7 access to content and information in a safe, secure way from Ben Orencia, education practice manager from Symantec; Matthew Peeples, president of Advanced MarketPlace Inc.; and Advanced MarketPlace’s Mark Robinson.

During the webinar, four key steps to securing mobile content emerged:

1. Mobile security starts with educating end users.

“From a PC perspective, we’re pretty savvy and cautious” about online security, Orencia noted—but when it comes to mobile security, most people are less cautious.

He showed some statistics to support this notion: While 90 percent of computer users delete suspicious eMails from people they don’t know, only 56 percent of mobile device users do this. Seventy-two percent of computer users have at least a basic antivirus solution installed, but only 33 percent of mobile device users do.

(Next page: Three more steps to securing mobile access to content and other resources)