BYOx Connect is a technical solution that overcomes issues that may arise when students connect their personal devices to school networks. It was developed by the department in close consultation with pilot schools. It is one of the technical options (DOCX, 1.3MB) available to schools considering or implementing a 1-to-1 student ICT device program.
BYOx Connect helps schools adhere to departmental ICT policies and procedures by:
providing a self-service method for students to automatically connect BYOx devices to school networks without the need to change settings on the device
checking BYOx devices for appropriate anti-virus software
isolating BYOx devices to increase security, prevent file-sharing and disable the ability for students to play local area network (LAN) games
securing school wireless networks and restricting unauthorised access
offering simple yet secure sign-on for web browsing and web-based apps through transparent proxy authentication, eliminating the need to adjust proxy settings on the device
providing a simplified process for managing visitor and guest access to the school wireless network
staying compatible with the department’s enterprise platform and integrating with Managed Operating Environment (MOE) devices.
Student-owned devices may not have up-to-date anti-virus protection or use the latest operating systems. This can expose (to virus or malware attacks and hacking) school IT networks and other student-owned devices connected to school networks. It may also expose school and student information.
BYOx Connect minimises these risks.
How does BYOx Connect work?
BYOx Connect provides identity-based network access and assigns services based on the the assigned user role (see the diagram below). It uses tokens to determine whether users are accessing the network on an authorised, policy-compliant device.