Smart Devices Promise K–12 Benefits, if IT Infrastructure Is Up to the Task
With the Internet of Things opening the door for students to engage with school networks through various devices, school districts need to review their networks, access points and security. While inviting more devices onto a network may seem like a burden, IoT has also helped K–12 IT teams implement certain tools to help secure and expand their infrastructure.
Kellie Wilks, Chief Technology Officer, Ector County Independent School District
Mike Ribble, District Director of Technology, Manhattan-Ogden Unified School District 383
Scott Harris, Technology Director, Neosho School District
Michael Lane, Senior Field Solutions Architect–Security, CDW•G
- As districts adopt more smart devices and Internet of Things applications, they must ensure networks and access points can support the additional demand.
- IoT options are expanding to include smart heating and air conditioning controls that increase energy efficiency in buildings and lower utility costs.
- Although the IoT is evolving more quickly than many people realize, the techniques required to secure smart devices are similar to those already in use for desktop workstations.