Digital Cohesion Considerations and Challenges

There are many considerations to address and challenges to overcome before this vision can be realized, however. Educational organizations face many challenges when embracing new technologies, including budgets, legacy systems and the fast pace at which education technology evolves.

Security and access are also major barriers. It stands to reason that as digital proliferation continues, the opportunities for malicious acts will increase. Educational organizations store a lot of personal information about their staff and students, making them prime targets for attackers. Additionally, as more students and staff connect to the education network, they widen the network’s attack surface.

Mitigating Risks

To mitigate these risks, educational institutions will need to adopt a different approach to security, as well as assess and in many cases upgrade their network infrastructure. The network establishes connections to education applications in the cloud. An automated, scalable network will anticipate traffic needs, ensuring access for all users.

From a security perspective, organizations can no longer rely on the places in the network where the firewalls happen to be in order to detect and stop attacks. Every network element must provide insight into traffic patterns and participate in enhancing the security posture of a network. By using the network as the security infrastructure, organizations can identify and quarantine potential infection points close to their source, protecting their users and data.

In short: the network is the backbone of education technology and will be critical to realizing a future of anticipatory, personalized learning through digital cohesion.

The forthcoming Digital Cohesion era will unleash possibilities we are only now beginning to imagine. In addition to laying the groundwork for advancements in health and medicine, business and government, Digital Cohesion will help ensure that every child has access to a high-quality, engaging and personalized education.

It won’t be an easy journey, but the results will be well worth the effort. We are on the precipice of incredible progress, making this a very, very exciting time to be both a student and an educator.

About the Author:

Tom Boehmer is the Senior Business Development Manager for Juniper Networks.