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Network Assessments – Why Do I Need One?

A network assessment is an analysis of your business’s network and its components — infrastructure, performance, security measures and more. This process yields a network assessment report, which gives you a rundown of everything that’s going on with your network, such as connected devices and users, available bandwidth, user traffic patterns and any issues that need addressing.

An assessment is an excellent resource for business owners who may not have the full picture of their IT setup and need clarity or are considering upgrading their current network. Enlisting an IT service provider, such as Conneqt IT to do the job is particularly advantageous for businesses without this in-house capability. A third party can give an objective, detailed review of your systems and use their extensive technological knowledge to provide you with the most effective recommendations.

If you’re unsure whether your business needs a network assessment, you can gain some insight by answering these questions:

  • Do you have full visibility into your network?
  • Is your current network management strategy taking up a significant part of your budget?
  • Has your business recently suffered from IT issues caused by network failures or a lack of system updates?
  • Are you having difficulty with long-term business planning without a full scope of your network infrastructure?
  • Are you about to perform a major IT overhaul, such as migrating your business data into a cloud platform?

Elements of a Network Assessment

During a network assessment, your IT provider will consider various factors that contribute to your network’s performance. It’s helpful to have an idea of what they’ll inspect so you know can begin taking steps toward establishing solutions for any issues. Some common points of a network assessment checklist include:

1. Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

A review of your IT infrastructure will reveal cybersecurity vulnerabilities such as a lack of antivirus or antispyware software, inadequate password management, outdated security patches, unsupported operating systems and more.

Tactics like network segmentation can improve your cybersecurity measures and protect your company from national or global virus threats and end-user vulnerabilities, such as unsecured devices. This approach reduces your network’s attack surface, which limits how much of your network cyberattacks can affect, and can make compliance reporting easier for industries where it matters most.

2. Network Bandwidth Issues

Bandwidth issues are often characterized by slow performance or application malfunctions and failures. Understanding your network usage thresholds will help you avoid running too many programs or doing too many tasks at once, preventing you from overwhelming your network capacity. An analysis lets you figure out whether your network capacity needs expanding, or specific applications are taking up considerable bandwidth.

3. Network Infrastructure Issues

Your network infrastructure consists of both software and hardware — cables, routers, operating systems, device drivers and much more. With so many moving parts, it’s relatively easy for one component to malfunction and leave you unsure of the problem’s source. For example, hardware can experience gaps in security patch updates.

A network assessment report breaks down the intricate parts of your system and lets you pinpoint problem areas so you can build your infrastructure up to where it needs to be. Scheduled updates can be a significant part of maintaining your infrastructure’s efficiency and productivity.

4. Network Data and File Security

Data and file security fit into cybersecurity as a whole, but data breaches can cause major damage to your company, its reputation and your customers. Who has access to your confidential business information? How easy is it to change those permissions? A security review will identify data vulnerabilities and give you the roadmap you need to gain more control over your file and folder permissions and ensure sensitive information can’t be readily accessed.

Benefits of Getting a Network Assessment

Now that you know what a network assessment typically consists of, what kind of benefits can it bring to your business? Conducting an analysis will allow you to:

Analyse Any Vulnerabilities in IT Infrastructure
The sooner you fix susceptibilities in your network, the sooner you can secure sensitive business information in highly guarded locations and have more peace of mind.

Create a Strategy for IT Systems and Employees
Knowing what’s going on with your network can help you make more informed decisions about matters like upgrades, optimal maintenance tasks and employee IT best practices. Maybe some upkeeping tasks aren’t as beneficial as they could be, or your network needs other upgrades it’s not receiving. Once you and your team fully understand your system, you can develop a strategy for implementing more automation, consolidating your network, reducing network costs and more.

Protect Against Security and Data Breaches
According to the ACSC’s latest threat report, the agency received 67,500 cybercrime reports in the 2020-2021 financial year – up 13% on the previous year. That equates to one report every eight minutes. Protecting your network against cyberattacks with recommendations gleaned from a comprehensive assessment can stop your small business from being an impacted enterprise.

Identify Cost Savings Opportunities
With outdated networks, some companies must work with a fixed data capacity based on their system’s peak requirements, meaning valuable resources can be left sitting unused during slower periods. Overall, this setup doesn’t provide much flexibility for scaling data capacity up or down as needed. Assessing your network capabilities sheds light on these issues so you can upgrade to more scalable data storage solutions and save money on running less equipment.

Contact Conneqt IT Today for a Network Security Assessment
If your growing company needs a network assessment to scale up and reach the next level of efficiency, schedule a consultation with us to address your IT needs.
When you do business with Conneqt IT, you can trust that we have the experienced and efficient IT staff your business requires to enhance its technology. As a locally owned business, we aim to provide small and mid-size enterprises in Perth, with comprehensive, consistent tech support regardless of their IT priorities.

To speak to one of our friendly representatives and begin your project, reach out to us today by filling out our contact form or calling or texting us at 1300 241 716.

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