Network Assessment: Find and Fix the Risky Problems

We work in a digital world, so when your computer network systems are down, the potential is high for lost productivity, lost customers, and lost revenue.  9 out of 10 computer networks have potentially serious IT problems sitting undetected.   A business can minimize this cause and effect outcome with one simple solution – a network assessment by an IT company like TeamLogicIT Plano.  When was the last time your business had a network assessment?  If it has been over 24 months, we encourage you to consider it now. 

WHAT IS A NETWORK ASSESSMENT?

A network assessment is like a physical for your business – it is a periodic evaluation to ensure all vital signs are good, systems are functioning properly, and your network is secure against the latest threats.

A network assessment is a detailed report and analysis of your company’s existing IT infrastructure, management, security, processes, and performance.  The purpose of the assessment is to identify opportunities for improvement and get a comprehensive view and current state of your existing network.

Network assessment is a term that refers to various things in the context of network devices. It could mean the analysis of such network devices to find which devices are obsolete. It could also refer to the assessment of network performance, a review of network architecture, a security assessment of network devices (including security compliant configuration, bugs, vulnerabilities etc.). The term network assessment could also be used to refer to the network inventory used to discover what network devices are running on the network. The definition of network assessment could also include applications, servers, operating systems etc.

WHAT CAN A NETWORK ASSESSMENT UNCOVER?

After a network assessment is complete, it will be analyzed by network consultants for vulnerabilities and existing problems that could leave your company at risk for a breach and business interruption.  There are several categories that are assessed including:  hardware, software, configuration, accessibility, and security risks.

Hardware will cover servers, workstations, printers, and non-AD devices like switches, routers, and printers.  It will also look at old computers which are still joined to the domain and have not been removed.

Software will examine systems with missing patches, service packs, and security updates. It will assess local accounts (per system) with weak and insecure passwords, as well as systems with missing anti-virus, anti-spyware, or firewall misconfiguration.

Configuration will cover security policy inconsistencies across network servers and computers. It will look at outbound system access that should be blocked.  Additionally,  it will examine lack of content filtering such as social media, entertainment, pornography and illegal downloads.   

Accessibility will focus on the misconfiguration of user access to network shares, as well as a detailed breakdown of AD Security Group Membership.

Finally, security risks will look at old user accounts which still may have access and have not been properly disabled, internal systems with open ports that pose a potential security risk, and external issues which put your network at risk of business disruptions or data loss.

WHAT TYPE OF DOCUMENT FINDINGS DOES A NETWORK ASSESSMENT PROVIDE?

The network assessment results in an executive summary that will provide the business with an overview of the devices on the network along with a network Risk Score and analysis of each potential issue uncovered.  An IT consultant or a Managed Services Provider will review the document with the stakeholders, discuss the findings in detail, and answer any questions they may have.  The information in the document should outline the issue, its impact to the business and recommendations for IT solutions to move past these obstacles.

WHEN IS A GOOD TIME FOR A NETWORK ASSESSMENT?

Businesses about to experience a large-scale rollout that would change the nature of their network infrastructure may want to conduct a network assessment to secure a smooth transition. Whether the decision is to move to Cloud services or switch to VoIP services, business owners must understand where improvements within their network should be made.  You may also want to consider a network assessment if your technology is reaching the end of its lifecycle or nearing the end of support.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A NETWORK ASSESSMENT?

A comprehensive network assessment can prove to be extremely advantageous for companies seeking to identify which parts of their networks are flourishing and which parts need bolstering.  Below are some benefits of commissioning a network assessment for your business through IT technology services.

  • Provides ways to prevent unauthorized access
  • Augments security systems
  • Locks down on sensitive data better
  • Sees and gets more out of existing technology infrastructure
  • Creates a strategic road map for IT systems and people
  • Uncovers serious cost-savings potential
  • Determines the capabilities and shortcomings of network
  • Finds equipment nearing the end of its lifecycle
  • Gets a handle on inventory
  • Locates bottlenecks causing performance problems
  • Establishes a baseline for normal performance 

When was the last time your business had a network assessment?  If it has been over 24 months, we at TeamLogicIT Plano, encourage you to consider it.  Contact us at (469) 573-3743 or on our website at teamlogicitplanotx.com.  We want to ensure your business is positioned for optimal performance.

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