In an era where technology serves as the connective tissue between people, organizations, and resources, certain truths are increasingly self-evident. Most people today rely on their smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other devices to do their jobs and manage their daily lives. In turn, though, that reliance makes all of these end users more vulnerable to malicious cyber actors.

Perhaps nowhere are these truths more relevant than modern college campuses. After all, college students effectively originated the bring-your-own-device movement as they arrived with their own smartphones, computers, gaming systems, and other connected devices. They also came in with certain expectations: ubiquitous connectivity, easily accessible online tools for communication and collaboration, and apps that can address virtually any and every need.

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For college students today, that’s all they’ve ever known. But for cybersecurity, the deluge of devices, applications and data eliminates traditional perimeters and lowers barriers against hackers.

While technology can be a boon for colleges, juggling these expectations and IT security can be tough. Universities also face unique challenges, perhaps most significant being the constant flow of digital identities—all of which must be provisioned and managed—as students come in and out of the organization. While they’re in, they need access to a plethora of online capabilities, from scheduling classes to crowdsourcing class notes to managing financial aid and tuition payment.

About the Author:

Kevin Bresser, Director of Higher Education Sales, Okta, has serviced the technology needs within Higher Education for the past twenty-five years having worked with Career Services, Human Resources, Athletics, Financial Aid, Advancement, and Information Technology. He is passionate about building strong customer communities that are energized to share best-practices with their peers and help drive the direction of the business.


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