A reliable network is one of the core foundations of your business. When your network isn’t functioning optimally, neither are your employees or your organization as a whole.
Network assessments: the key to a high performing network
A network assessment is a review of your organization’s existing IT infrastructure, security and processes. It provides a snapshot of the current state of your IT in order to identify areas of vulnerability or opportunity. Proactively completing network assessments can help you to recognize issues early and ensure that your infrastructure is providing the right solutions for your business’ needs.
Some of the basic things that should be evaluated in a network assessment include:
- Standardization across various technology platforms
- Security processes including:
- Admin account username/password changes
- Elevated privilege restrictions
- Network segmentation
- Equipment warranties and maintenance plans
- Naming conventions
- 3rd party vendor relationships
- Outside access/remote workers
Depending on your business and the industry you are operating in, more network specific security and access checks should be completed as part of your network assessment.
After a network assessment is completed, you should have a good understanding of the current state of your network and areas in which you can increase efficiencies, tighten up security or generally improve upon your processes.
Sound important? It is.
Completing a network assessment is not something that should be taken lightly or put off as insignificant. It’s truly one of the most important things you can do for your organization (and your own peace of mind!).
Working with a managed services provider like Warwick takes the stress and unknown out of completing a network assessment. Having an outside, professional opinion allows you to properly identify areas of your network that are holding you back or negatively affecting your business’ operations.
Call us today to learn more about the front-end discovery process we use when working with new clients. Our comprehensive and customized approach allows us to understand your goals, evaluate your current infrastructure and come up with an IT and communications solution that continuously meets your needs.