What is a Technology Assessment?
A technology assessment is an in-depth analysis of your current IT infrastructure that provides you with a comprehensive understanding of your existing environment and recommends improvements such as network consolidation, simplification, or automation.
Technology continues to change and advance, but companies may not have the time to keep up with these changes. Additionally, companies may not know where to look for changes in technology.
Some questions and comments we hear from our clients:
- How can I speed up productivity?
- Why does it take so long to open a file?
- Why does it take my computer so long to boot up?
- Why is my cloud access so slow?
- My wireless doesn’t cover the whole building.
- How old is my network equipment?
Older equipment can cause delays in productivity, long computer boot up times, slow file access, long print times, these are all examples of delayed productivity due to older technology.
Not to mention, older technology can also put your business at risk if not updated and/or replaced.
What Does the Checklist Include?
NETWORK CYBERSECURITY VULNERABILITIES
Chances are, your network is more vulnerable to attack than you realize. Cybercrime is extremely lucrative, with monetary gain motivating nearly 3/4 of cyberattacks, and AI replacing the need for human involvement in the phishing scheme process.
NETWORK BANDWIDTH DEMANDS AND CHALLENGES
Any network has a finite amount of bandwidth it distributes among connected devices. Unless you know how your network distributes this bandwidth, you can’t assess whether your bandwidth can handle your business needs.
DATA AND FILE SECURITY
How you collect, store, process, and distribute data is incredibly important. When you’re assessing data and file security, check for:
- Password protections
- Access rights
- Whether users can edit or otherwise modify files containing sensitive information.
- Encryption strength
- Current state of anti-malware and security software.
YOUR BYOD POLICY
If your employees bring their own devices – including cell phones – to work, which most organizations do, these devices bring unique security and bandwidth problems. What you should have is an effective BYOD policy signed by each employee.
ANY EXISTING WEAKNESSES IN THE NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE
It doesn’t usually include personal devices or servers.
The best way to assess your network infrastructure, or architecture, is by designing a network map. This highlights problems such as forgotten firewalls and other inefficiencies.
IF ANY UPGRADES ARE NEEDED
Upgrades are often necessary when it’s time to bring in more hardware or update outdated software. When you’re a growing business, scaling your network to suit business needs is only possible with a proper network auditing technique.
FUTURE STEPS AND OUTCOMES
Once you’ve completed your audit, it’s important to assess your findings. Remember, the audit is only part of your overall cybersecurity management plan – don’t simply check off boxes on your list and forget about the results.
As cyber hackers become more sophisticated and threats evolve all the time, network security is more important than ever. While it’s impossible to prepare for every eventuality, with the right network audit checklist, you can mitigate the risk of cyber threats affecting your business.
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