Why Do You Need a Data Network Audit?

Do you know what is connected to your network?

At the simplest level, conducting a regular audit of your data network will keep you aware of what it actually consists of; servers, routers, cabling, desktops, laptops, printers, etc.

If you haven't conducted an audit before, your preliminary assessment could reveal deficiencies in the composition and layout of your data network as a whole, defects in your equipment and data cabling, or even the presence of components that you weren't previously aware of – for example, an employee connecting their own device to the company network.

In a similar manner, the results of subsequent audits may be used in comparison to what was discovered previously. This enables you to pinpoint areas where performance may have improved or deteriorated, any potential opportunities and problem areas, as well as the presence of any unauthorised additions to (or subtractions from) your expected inventory.

Beyond the equipment tally and numbers, an audit of your data network provides an opportunity to test and monitor performance levels – a crucial factor in an economy that depends on fast data transfers, real-time communications and secure storage. Network traffic bottlenecks, the efficiency of access and authentication techniques, access and execution times for applications and services, and other parameters may be revealed in this assessment.

Even if your industry isn't governed by a stringent set of regulatory compliance rules, there will no doubt be internal policies and rules imposed by your organisation. Regularly auditing your data network will help ensure that these compliance targets are continually being met.

Finally, with the threat of cyber-crime ever on the increase, regular audits of your data network conducted in conjunction with the latest cyber-threat intelligence and security techniques will help keep your organisation secure and resistant to potential attack.