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What Is a Network Assessment?

Why Do You Need One?

What Is a Network Assessment?
August 5, 2020 Liz Pena

Have you been considering a network assessment for your business but are not quite sure what a “network assessment” entails or how it could possibly benefit your business?

These are VERY common questions and thoughts to have. IT support isn’t the simplest undertaking to learn, or the most entertaining  so that’s why we’re here! 

Let Us Break It Down for You 

A network assessment is a detailed report and analysis of your company’s existing IT infrastructure, management, security, processes and performance. The purpose of a network assessment is to identify opportunities for improvement and get a comprehensive view and current state of your existing network. This will help you make more informed and strategic business decisions. 

Proactive network assessments can help you catch problems early on, find applicable solutions and track performance over time. Rather than staying worried — even frustrated — about your underperforming network, you can now spend the energy on drafting a plan to improve it! 

A network assessment often starts with the realization that your organization’s IT systems have grown to the point where you’re not sure what is occurring everywhere on the network — or certain components of your IT systems have started failing or giving you trouble. You might have a general idea about what may be causing the problems but are unable to verify it without a thorough analysis of all network vulnerabilities and components. Additionally, you may not want to undertake a major new network configuration without first understanding the current situation of your network infrastructure, systems and processes.  

That’s where we come in! To understand the current state of your network — a qualified IT Managed Services Provider is a MUST.

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Network Assessment: Does My Business Need One?

During a network risk assessment, all the devices on your network are examined and analyzed. A network assessment looks at how each of these devices (such as computers, laptops, iPads, servers, routers, etc.) are managed. Some of these devices have compliance modules that the assessment picks up, such as PCI and HIPAA compliance. 

Verity IT’s network assessment also studies (or scans) the exchange server. These scans test for anomalies or issues specific to compliance. 

A network assessment has the power to identify atypical data or anything that may stand out — outside of compliance. 

4 Reasons Your Business Needs a Network Assessment

Find Vulnerabilities Before the Bad Guys Do

A network assessment can identify these vulnerabilities before the bad guys do. It can help you find and fix holes in your security, as well as analyze your current processes and procedures. 

Identify Bottlenecks and Improve Resource Management

This info can help identify areas where you are under or overusing resources – it can pinpoint areas of high user traffic that could be slowing down network performance. 

Ensure Compliance and Avoid Fines

Network assessments can uncover areas with compliance issues that you didn’t know existed. This allows you to proactively address them before facing censure or fines. 

Implementing New Technologies

A network assessment should be one of the first things you do during the planning phase for any big IT project, like migrating to the cloud or replacing major pieces of hardware. 

How Can Verity IT’s Network Assessment Help Secure Your Network?  

Assessment tools can help secure a network in a variety of ways, including the following:  

  • Compliance assessments  
  • Vulnerability scanning  
  • Configuration monitoring  
  • Device updates  
  • Asset Inventory 

Our goal at Verity IT is to educate you and your employees on the best business practices to ensure business growth and success. We believe in helping our current, and future clients make the best decisions when it comes to office technology.  At Verity IT, your success is our success. 

Remember, a network risk assessment is only the first step in the process of ensuring your network is secure. Once you know what your weaknesses are, you can begin to plug those security holes! 

Contact us today for your  Network Security Assessment!