Remote Access in Education

Posted by Tobias Eichenseer Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:39:00 GMT

From primary schools to universities across the country, educational institutions are increasingly leveraging technology in order to provide a more advanced learning and working environment. For example, secure remote access has significantly helped educational institutions optimize resources, keep administrative costs down, increase productivity and enhance the learning process. It has been gaining wide acceptance and is now considered an essential part of a comprehensive IT security infrastructure.

Secure remote access continues to benefit educational institutions in a number of ways, including:

Reduced Investment in Technology Infrastructure
Software-based remote access solutions enable the educational institutes to effectively decreasing their costs. Thus, the solutions fit perfectly into their existing IT infrastructures – without the need to invest in additional hardware. Secure remote connectivity optimizes existing server resources and reduces total cost of ownership. It can make the use of incompatible systems (e.g., Windows vs. Mac) a seamless interaction.

Extended Classrooms
With secure remote access to campus PCs and computer labs, students can access course materials, files and software applications anytime from any location on or off campus via an Internet connection. This extends the classroom beyond campus buildings and hours and accommodates students interested in e-learning and distance learning. In addition, secure remote access services provide a level of convenience as students can use their preferred PC, laptop, tablet or mobile device.

Reduced Security Concerns
Many education institutions experience thousands of data breach attempts every day. According to the associate dean of research policy at University of Wisconsin, Bill Mellon, the amount of attempts to penetrate university systems has reached up to 100,000 per day. With that said, it is vital that universities implement remote access solutions as part of a security strategy that includes firewalls, anti-virus software and intrusion prevention services.

Ability to Quickly Scale Services to Match Demands
Many secure remote access solution providers allow universities and schools to purchase resources as needed. For example, if the institution experiences significant growth, it can easily increase the capacity of their remote access solutions. In an opposite circumstance, they can scale down services if their needs decrease.  

Over the past few years, secure remote access has gained significant momentum in many industries, including education. Secure remote access has easily become an essential part of a campus-computing infrastructure that has the power to solve countless problems for universities and schools.

Readers, have you implemented a secure remote access solution for your education institution? Please share your experiences in the comments below.

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