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The Importance of a Yearly Network Audit

 

 The end of the year can be a stressful time for any business. Taking the time out for even one more project can seem like an impossible task. However, there is one project you should find time for: an audit of your company’s network.

 

Network auditing is a must for any organization, regardless of size or industry. Networks evolve, shrink, and change continuously. New devices, hardware, and software can be added to your company network every day, without your knowledge, and have a serious impact on your network security. Your data is critical to your business, and it is important to do everything possible to protect it.

 

There are thousands of ways that your network can be compromised but some of the most common include:

 

  • Firewall that is not properly configured.

  • No firewall at all.

  • Unsecure wireless networks.

  • Less secure email services.

  • Anti-virus software that is not managed properly.

  • Non-secure mobile devises on the network.

 

Performing a year-end network audit can help identify these issues. In addition, there are many other important benefits to consider:

 

  • Identifying Vulnerabilities – Assessing the security of your systems and identify vulnerabilities including unapproved services, weak passwords, and open share can prevent future security breaches.

  • Patch Management – Using your network auditing reports can identify those systems that need to be patched and also to confirm that patches have been deployed successfully.

  • Hardware Inventory – Developing a complete and up-to-date inventory of all hardware on your network allows you to know exactly what you have and make hardware related decisions.

  • Software Inventory – Knowing which software is running on your workstations and servers is just as important as knowing what hardware is running.

  • Compliance – Ensuring that all systems are complaint with your internal policies prevents future licensing issues.

 

A network audit can seem like a rather large task but, with the right tools and approach, it can be an easy to perform and critical undertaking. If your business can’t find the time to perform a network audit at least once a year, Netmedia Solutions can help! Call us today to learn more about the services we offer.