Wi-Fi boom shows importance of network monitoring

Wi-Fi boom shows importance of network monitoring

With bring your own device (BYOD) becoming the favored format for leveraging technology in the office today, IT teams are finding that their roles are constantly changing. As more employee-owned devices start to come to the workplace, tech professionals are being presented with new security and infrastructure challenges. 

While ensuring that all smartphones and tablets that access corporate systems are secure is a top priority for enterprises, many businesses fail to determine if their networks can handle such an influx of traffic. 

According to Smart Company, data from IDC put this network boom into context. The source reported that the market for Wi-Fi and WLAN equipment in Australia spiked 26 percent during the second quarter of 2013 alone. In fact, IDC indicated that accelerated BYOD and tablet adoption were the two main drivers behind the rapid growth in the market. 

Although the report was only relevant to Australia, similar trends are taking place in developed regions across the globe. European and North American businesses continue to be challenged by the deployment of BYOD. Despite the many benefits of such policies, companies can find themselves in a troubling spot if they are unable to properly configure their networks to handle additional bandwidth usage. 

At most BYOD offices, the amount of data being transmitted through the corporate network is so significant that legacy network structures are ineffective. Older systems could be bogged down by such traffic, which could result in slow load times or even system crashes if information is overloading a single network. 

The importance of testing
For this reason, internal IT teams need to make sure they have the right pieces in place to allow for BYOD usage. While it's important purchase modern network tools, IT professionals won't know if a network can handle BYOD data loads unless they conduct a comprehensive test. 

According to eWeek, there should be a clearly defined strategy in place when such tests are underway. The source noted that it's important to select individuals in the office who are likely to test the boundaries and be extremely active with their personal devices.

Also, it's necessary to diversify the tester base by selecting both employees and managers. This way, IT leaders will have better insight into whether or not all mission-critical applications used by different workers and departments rely on will be useful while BYOD is in place. 

While the benefits of BYOD are widely accepted, many businesses fail to consider how their networks can handle such initiatives. For this reason, network auditing should be a standard when any BYOD policy is created. 

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