The 22nd annual education technology conference, Campus Technology 2015, took place in Boston the last week of July. It brought together some of the most influential leaders in technology for higher education and offered innovative solutions to the myriad of challenges for IT professionals, faculty, staff and students.\nWhether attendees were looking to learn more about online and blended learning or end-user virtualization, the four-day conference was ripe with opportunity to find advice, solutions, or products for all things technology on the college campus.\nMeeting the needs of today\u2019s students means understanding teaching and learning in the digital age, but it also demands an understanding of IT management, policy and cybersecurity. The modern learner functions on multiple devices, which means that IT professionals in higher education are challenged with protecting against vulnerabilities related to BYOD and mobile devices. The conference offered solutions to those challenges, and more. Here are some highlights from the workshops and exhibition floor.\n1. Get off the old Internet!\nJohn Curran, president and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) advised that every enterprise turn IPv6 on for its public facing website. \u201cYour website will perform better if connected to the Internet with both an IPv4 and IPv6 address,\u201d Curran says. Many campuses have acquired the additional IPv6 address, but if they haven\u2019t, Curran says, \u201cYou\u2019re on the old Internet. If you don\u2019t have your website on IPv6, you don\u2019t have direct connection with your customers.\u201d\u00a0\nHaving both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses provides better analytics and better performance, but be sure to also upgrade the operating systems, software and network management tools for the website.\n2. Cybersecurity: Protecting data on a campus full of devices\nIn \u201cRe-evaluating cybersecurity in higher education\u201d \u2013 a panel discussion with Christian Hamer, CISO at Harvard University \u2013 Lysa Myers, a security\u00a0researcher at ESET\u00a0Security, talked about the common threats for cybersecurity attacks for colleges and universities. Myers said, \u201cLayering in depth and encryption of data at rest and across the network is important. As more [data] moves into the cloud, look at securing data instead of securing devices.\u201d\n[Related: How higher education deals with security threats]\nBoth Hamer and Myers warned against being the department of No. \u201cBe the trusted advisor. Training early and often is essential because the information needs to be repeated.\u201d \u00a0Myers said the message that \u201cGood security is part of good privacy,\u201d reminds end users that they have a stake in security, too, and \u201cbeing cautious about their information protects the university as well.\u201d\n3. To Google or not to Google?\nRob\u00a0Zdrojewski, an adjunct\u00a0professor at Canisius\u00a0College, demonstrated the sundry applications available to teachers through Google\u2019s platform. From creating surveys that collect data in real time to slideshows and word processing, Google and Google Classroom have made teaching in the digital age easier for educators. Before deploying a campus-wide Google initiative, IT professionals should be sure that they are in compliance with FERPA and HIPAA laws and other privacy regulations.\n4. Will educators scream bravo for Grovo?\nGrovo is both an online resource as well as a video training platform, and is heavily invested in professional development for educators. Its director of education, Andy Auerbach, says, \u201cOur platform is a learning management system where teachers can customize learning, manage users and track progress. We can build certificate programs around the competencies you deem most important.\u201d It\u2019s not just aimed at the higher ed space, either; Grovo\u2019s coursework may also appeal to organizations looking to help their employees or teams learn new digital skills.\n5. Going digital with event planning\nGuidebook\u00a0proffers an easy way for universities and organizations to build a mobile guide for just about anything. Sareena Helton, account executive at GuidebookEDU, talked about Guidebook\u2019s campus apps, which help take the logistical pain out of organizing everything from freshman orientation to alumni events.\n\u201cIf you\u2019re looking to connect people with your message on their mobile phones, there is no other solution that is as simple and as fast,\u201d said Helton. Boasting what Helton referred to as an \u201cinsanely user-friendly\u201d set of tools, \u201cGuidebook Builder takes the technical difficulty out of building an app, gives you unbelievable control over your events and offers precise insight into your users\u2019 behaviors.\u201d\n6.\u00a0Why pay for cable when the university has a network?\nPhilo is an Internet TV amenity for campuses that lets students watch TV on almost every device, including laptops, tablets, smartphones and even television sets themselves.\u00a0\nPhilo\u2019s Garren Hilow noted that the experience includes HD picture, social features and network DVR, allowing students to watch recordings across devices while they\u2019re connected to the campus network. \u201cWe work on top of your current cable or satellite TV provider to enable an amenity that students love.\u201d\nAccording to Hilow, such Ivy League schools as Harvard and Brown have already embraced Philo, and more than 30 other colleges and universities are poised to follow suit.