Higher Education

Network Access Control for the Way Your Students Interact

Impulse was founded to address the unique endpoint policy requirements of higher education,  and so we understand the need to provide a flexible management framework to support diverse network architectures across multiple remote locations, all while supporting and protecting students, faculty, staff, and guests.

Because students don’t wait for the latest technology,  we’re continually updating our software to accept the latest, greatest, and newest devices that now comprise the Internet of Things (IoT). In this world of ever-evolving technology, SafeConnect helps access your wireless network faster and more reliably, while directing unmanaged users to custom-branded portals for authentication.

SafeConnect integrates with your existing network infrastructure and provides multiple different enforcement options, all from one centrally deployed appliance equipped to handle tens of thousands of concurrent devices. And we do it faster and simpler than any other NAC or BYOD product available.

What other industry has the combination of a highly transient, unmanaged, diverse variety of device types; large-scale, complex, high-performance, agnostic networks; which serve scores of computer savvy users; in a highly collaborative, politically charged and opinionated environment? It’s no wonder why so many colleges and universities count on SafeConnect to give them easy and secure access for all.

SafeConnect is the only solution that provides your school with ease of management, ease of use, and proactive maintenance support services. SafeConnect’s key benefits include the following:

Centrally Deployed and Managed Solution

SafeConnect offers a centralized policy management interface that enables an authorized policy administrator the ability to build and edit policies that can be deployed immediately. The SafeConnect Policy Manager can be accessed from multiple locations and allows you to assign application and read/write level administrative privileges to both policy administrators and help desk personnel based on their authentication credentials.

Ease of Implementation

Impulse knows that many networking solutions can be time consuming to install and deploy. That’s why SafeConnect comes with personalized project management, installation, and deployment as a standard part of your purchase. We pride ourselves on the rapid, efficient, and successful implementation of SafeConnect, and since it’s been designed for remote customer setup and implementation, it can routinely be installed in less than an hour. Your system comes pre-loaded with your specific configuration information, and our Service Delivery team guides you through the connection process. SafeConnect can also be deployed in a phased-in approach (by IP address/range, subnet, VLAN) across wired, wireless, and VPN infrastructure as required for an even more seamless transition.

24/7 Proactive Maintenance and Support Service

SafeConnect is supported by the industry’s most comprehensive support services agreement. In addition to the standard implementation offering, Impulse provides continuous proactive monitoring and support that includes hardware and software problem determination and resolution support, as well as upgrade protection to future software functional releases. Daily policy configuration remote backups are included which enables Impulse to restore and deliver a replacement system within 24 hours should the need arise.

Furthermore, Impulse is committed to delivering supported updates of new operating systems, and security software applications within 24 to 48 hours of their official release date, as compared to other Legacy NAC providers who struggle with maintaining 24‐48+ “day” update cycles.

Agentless Device Identification

The ability to quickly identify the different types of devices connecting to your network (and the people using them) is key to maintaining control over your network; doing it passively and in an automated fashion is necessary in maintaining the delicate balance between security and convenience. Our Identity Access Control module provides you with an authentication engine ensuring the right users access the right resources, a robust guest self-enrollment system to provide convenient guest management access, real-time device-to-identity association, 3rd party security integration, and real-time and historical reporting.

Real-Time Security Policy Automation

Do you want a way to ensure that a user has the most up to date antivirus program running on their machine? How about safeguards against unsupported operating systems, full of security vulnerabilities, making their way onto your network? Our Device Security module offers you the ability to assess devices in real-time to ensure they’re meeting your security policies, and immediate and automated remediation of devices that aren’t in compliance with those policies.

Wireless Security Leadership

Secure BYOD Onboarding is our policy module which automates the process of configuring end user standard-embedded device 802.1X supplicants for wireless 802.1X / WPA2 Enterprise network environments. This module can simplify the end user’s experience of transitioning to a secure WPA2 Enterprise wireless network, and offers the added benefit of “silently” deploying SafeConnect’s Policy Key as part of the initial device wireless registration process to provide real-time (pre- and post-admission) security assessment and enforcement.

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