If you celebrated the New Year by toasting another 365 days of successful business, we applaud you. But just because everything went according to plan last year doesn’t mean you should let your guard down in the year to come. Whatever resolutions you might have made, it’s essential that you add a network assessment to that list for these three crucial reasons. FOR PROTECTION Cybersecurity threats are continually adapting and evolving. Therefore, your security plan should do the same. Regular network assessments allow you to be sure your system isn’t unprotected against the latest hacking methods or that a minor missed detail doesn’t balloon into a big problem over time. As your business scales, you’ll need to make sure that your IT setups are reassessed to fix any current glaring security holes and create a strategic approach to technology planning going forward. A proper network assessment helps you do just that. By getting a comprehensive scan of all of your ports and vectors, ensuring your encryption and authentication controls are up to par, and developing strategic security solutions that can scale, you can make sure you’re protected today and for the future. FOR EFFICIENCY Keeping your business up and running means many times having to implement new IT solutions on the fly without taking a second look to make sure it’s all working as smoothly as possible. A network assessment gives you an overview of your systems so you can identify underused or overused resources and allocate them better for added efficiency. Pinpointing bottlenecks, maximizing bandwidth, and identifying out of date software or hardware will reduce workforce frustrations and free your team up to tackle more work, day in and day out. If you’re handling this process yourself, consider an open-source network mapping software solution like Nmap. A resource like this one can inventory all your devices and create real-time live diagrams that document the overall design of your system. FOR EDUCATION A network assessment doesn’t just provide precious knowledge about the weaknesses of your network and methods for improved efficiency to you alone; it gives you valuable insights you can share with your whole team. The knowledge gained by your employees will undoubtedly boost their productivity, augment security awareness overall, and improve communication among team members. But it also gives you some newfound knowledge for creating clear, well thought out policies that define proper network usage for your employees. Utilizing the discoveries made during your assessment, you can implement new protocols that maximize productivity while preventing unnecessary cybersecurity risk. If you’re looking to get your year off to the right start by learning more about the ins and outs of your network, consider contacting Net Works. Our professional IT experts can assist you in getting the full picture of how your system is working and all the ways you can fix and improve your processes. So, you can make sure your network is streamlined and secure year-round.