How to filter Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD)?

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Along with assigning school owned devices to students, schools can also choose to allow students and staff to bring their own devices (BYOD) to school. For some schools, BYOD might be the route to go in face of budgetary constraints.

The BYOD network may require schools to be equipped differently. It is very important that you keep BYOD architecture segmented from the rest of your network so that your network is not affected by any software, malware etc. on those BYODs. Once your primary BYOD segmentation is in place you can then go ahead and determine what filtering policy would be applicable to them.

  • You can either choose to assign them standard Securly policies that you would assign to users on school-owned devices.
  • Or you can go with the guest network policy which provides basic filtering but does not do SSL inspection or log all types of activity etc.

There are two types of Policies, standard filtering policies, and Guest Network Policy. Standard filtering policies are used for school owned devices. There is also a Securly Guest Network policy that is great for visitors that don’t have user accounts or don’t want to install the Securly Certificate. Please click here for more information on the Guest Network Policy. BYOD could use either policy depending on the preferences of your district.

What option is best for my district’s BYOD?

If you want an easy experience for your BYOD, it is advisable to use the Guest Network Policy as an easy baseline policy.

For greater insight into the network traffic on BYOD, filter them the same as a school device use the standard filter policy. BYOD traffic will be logged to the user’s history the same way it is logged for school device.

Tips for installing the Securly certificate to BYOD for Standard Filtering Policies  

  • Set up a splash page on your Wireless Network to direct to the certificate download.
  • Set up a page on your school's website with the instructions for installation.
  • IT admins can manually install the certificate for BYOD.
  • Send instructions via email to all users.

Note: A device without the Securly certificate is filtered the same way as a device with the certificate. The Securly certificate is only used to decrypt HTTPS sites. If the certificate is missing there will be SSL errors.

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You can view our webinar on BYOD and guest network best practices at https://vimeo.com/215063352



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