- Posted by Jared Peno
Most of us are uncertain of the answer to that question. And yet, imagine how a malfunctioning or unguarded computer network can easily threaten the success of our business.
Did you know that technology experts recommend that networks be thoroughly examined and evaluated at least once each year? Using diagnostic software tools, reports can be generated that reveal detailed information ranging from asset inventory to security risks to error detection. In most cases, the results of the assessment facilitate improved decision-making, business efficiencies, and often, disaster prevention.
A comprehensive network assessment can provide a wealth of information about your network and highlight challenges in many areas that are typically overlooked and neglected. Regularly scheduled assessments are critical markers for monitoring network health. Here are some of the many reasons for getting an expert evaluation of your technology network:
Know Your Inventory
Do you have an organized, easy to search list of your existing hardware, software, and peripherals? Asset inventory is crucial not only as a record of what you have, but also serves as a key indicator for devices that should not be attached to your network.
Know Your Risks
Risks can come in many forms. Do you have missing patches, out-of-date hardware, employed default passwords, conflicting security policies, or other risks?
Know Your Assets
It is one thing to have a count of your assets and another to be able to detail their uniqueness. It is important to understand your asset health. These insights can help you better make purchasing decisions, for example. Do you know your assets?
Monitor Your Security
Do you have tools for evaluating the relative health of your network security, along with a summary of the number of computers with issues?
Know Your External Vulnerability
Guard against the ever-changing threat landscape by ensuring you have your border security to your internal network locked down. Many institutions require this on an annual basis. Do you know your external vulnerability?
Understand Your Internal Vulnerability
Internal security may consist of WIFI, VPN, physical controls, and policies for proper employee job transitions. Each of these and more will serve as a wholistic approach to a healthy and well maintained internal network. Do you know your internal vulnerability?
If you answered “no” to any of the questions above, it’s time to find out how well your technology network is performing. Our technology experts Alliance Technologies, LLC can help. To schedule your Network Assessment, contact us at [email protected]
Jared is an Electrical Engineer with over 10 years of IT experience. He is an expert IT strategist with a mind for innovation and process improvement.
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