Interop Las Vegas 2016

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  • Is Your Network Ready for the Internet of Things?

    Arthur Brant  |  Director of Enterprise Infrastructure, Abilene Christian University
    Location:  Lagoon H
    Session Type: Conference Session
    Track: Networking
    Pass type: 3-Day Pass, 5-Day Pass - Get your pass now!
    Vault Recording: TBD

    The phrase "Internet of Things" (IoT) was first coined by British technology pioneer Kevin Ashton, as he described the "future" where the Internet wouldn't be solely dependent upon humans for information. This "future" is arriving, as depicted by over 65 million Nest devices sold annually, the last robotic vacuum cleaner arriving with WiFi connectivity, and an estimated 20% of automobiles sold worldwide in 2015 hosting various degrees of embedded connectivity. According to industry analysts, in less than five years it is anticipated that over 26 billion Internet of Things objects will be deployed -- over 3.7 times the number of personal computing devices predicted by 2020.

    The question facing network administrators is whether they are prepared for next wave of connected devices. The Internet of Things revolution is already occurring, most prominently in the consumer sectors. But as observed with smartphones, video streaming devices, and environmental controls, it's only a matter of time before these IoT devices migrate into the enterprise and disrupt the conventional wisdom of network design, access, and security. The early disruption of these connected devices are already being felt on college and university campuses today. As a unique inflection point of consumer and enterprise technology environments, college campuses and their technology administrators are wrestling with the implications of security, access, and connectivity for this emerging market.

    In August 2015, Abilene Christian University welcomed its largest incoming class in 25 years and network administrators observed a 72.9% year-over-year increase of wireless, or WiFi, clients. Administrators also observed a dramatic increase in the number of rogue or competing wireless networks, sourced by wireless printers, video streaming appliances, and smartphone hotspot functions. More than just the primary medium for connectivity, the wireless network has emerged as the proving ground and demarcation point for access and security.

    In the session, Arthur Brant, Director of Enterprise Infrastructure for Abilene Christian University, will explore how higher education institutions are enabling and securing the future of Internet of Things in the enterprise. Arthur will explore the challenge of network design where more devices need or create their own connectivity. In addition to network design, Arthur will examine onboarding and access options to manage the growing trend of connected devices. Finally, Arthur will highlight the needs and requirements to secure the enterprise, from the threat vector that the accompanies the Internet of Things.