Pepperdine University Simplifies Wireless Network Access
Xirrus Inc. and Bradford Networks announced today their successful integration and its utilization across Pepperdine University’s campuses throughout Southern California. Pepperdine University chose the combined solution to ensure against threats posed to its wireless network from daily use by thousands of students, faculty, and visitors across its multiple campus locations.
Dr. Kim Cary, Chief Information Security Officer at Pepperdine, led the university’s team responsible for selecting a network access manager. “We were looking for a flexible and full-featured network access control solution that would work with the University’s existing heterogeneous wired and wireless infrastructure, as well as the new wireless networks, without requiring hardware upgrades or replacements,” said Dr. Cary.
Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays were chosen to handle difficult RF environments and the density of wireless users, specifically those in Pepperdine’s dormitories. Dr. Cary noted that, “Xirrus enforces Bradford’s Campus Manager user authentication, right at the access point via the embedded controller. This effectively isolates sources of infection and makes sure that access controls are enforced right at the point of the user’s connection to the network.”
Bradford Networks Campus Manager was chosen because of its unique out-of-band architecture, and its ability to integrate with any network device. Campus Manager automatically quarantines non-compliant users, provides proactive messages to users about the state of their devices, offers self-remediation to alleviate the requests to the help desk staff and tracks security violations for compliance audits.
For Pepperdine, integrating Xirrus and Bradford removed layers of complexity and provided added benefits. Both solutions eliminate the need for in-band, overlay controllers or gateway devices. “Xirrus and Bradford required far fewer devices to support far more users than any other solution that Pepperdine evaluated. The two vendors certified each other’s equipment for interoperability, providing efficient integration, and allowed new features and functionality to be tested with each other’s products,” said Dr. Cary.
About Bradford Networks
Bradford Networks is a proven leader in securing today’s heterogeneous networks. Bradford’s adaptive security platform fortifies networks and leverages features from existing infrastructure to dynamically enforce policies across both wired and wireless networks. Bradford solutions uniquely identify and profile every device and every user to provide complete visibility and control. Hundreds of customers and millions of users worldwide rely on Bradford to secure their critical IT assets and automate security operations. Bradford Networks is headquartered in Concord, NH and is privately held.
Xirrus, the only Wi-Fi “Power-Play”, manufacturers the Wi-Fi Array® architecture that displaces both overlay Wi-Fi offerings and switched Ethernet to the desktop. The Wi-Fi Array integrates 4, 8, 12, 16, or 24 802.11abg+n radios coupled to a high-gain directional antenna system into a single device along with an onboard multi-gigabit switch, Wi-Fi controller, firewall, dedicated Wi-Fi threat sensor, and an embedded spectrum analyzer. The Wi-Fi Array provides more than enough bandwidth, security, and control to replace switched Ethernet to the desktop as the primary network connection. The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, throughput, and user density on a per device and per system basis than anything else available on the market today – resulting in a solution that uses 75% fewer devices, cabling, switch ports, power, space, and installation time compared with any other offering.