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Network Access for Guests or Contractors Requires More Than an Open-Network, Coffee Shop Strategy

Published: 26 March 2014

ID: G00261383

Analyst(s): Tim Zimmerman , Lawrence Orans


Open connectivity for wired or wireless guest access is not a strategy; it is a decision with consequences. Enterprises must ask the right questions to understand the challenges of guest access and to save more than just money.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Establish Formal Registration Processes to Control Access to Guest Networks
  • Use Separate Policy Enforcement and Context Variables Such as Location, Duration, Time/Date and Application, in Addition to Device and User, to Tailor Guest Access to Individual Needs
  • Use Content Filtering and Bandwidth Limiting to Control Content That Will Be Accessed and Viewed in the Enterprise Environment
  • Treat Contractors as a Special Use Case — They Are Not Employees and They Are Not Guests

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