Let’s face it—not all of us are great about going to the doctor every year for a checkup. When everything seems healthy, we simply forget about the need for a routine exam. Because we feel safe and secure, it oftentimes takes illness or abnormal symptoms to get us into the office and remind us how important proactive examinations can be.
As a business owner, you likely regard your organization’s network in a similar way—meaning you tend to take it for granted when it’s up, healthy and running as it should. It’s only when something stops working and the business comes to a screeching halt that you’re reminded of the need to have eyes on your network 24/7. But preventing downtime isn’t the only advantage of network maintenance. In fact, network monitoring has multiple benefits for keeping your business in tip-top shape.
Network monitoring provides that first, proactive level of security. It’s a lot smarter (and easier) to spot threats before they become an issue than to have to recoup after a cyberattack. With that in mind, network monitoring gives you a picture of what "standard" performance looks like for your organization, analyzing bandwidth and traffic to make it easy to spot anything out of the ordinary, such as password changes or unauthorized downloads. The key to preventing the disastrous consequences of any cyberattack is to thwart the attack as early as possible.
Given the ever-changing internet landscape, most industries are subject to governmental regulations in some form or another—especially those that handle sensitive user data such as healthcare—and maintaining compliance with regulatory requirements like HIPAA can seem overwhelming for businesses. Many of these regulations require some form of network monitoring as both a best practice and a security measure to continually ensure that network configuration, firewall rules and filters are all correctly in place.
Unfortunately, a vast number of cyberattacks are brought on by user behavior. While we’re not encouraging any business owner to become Big Brother, monitoring user activity on a network can help protect an organization against monetary loss or criminal/civil lawsuits down the road. Most importantly, network monitoring can actually help prevent users from accessing harmful content. How? Through providing audits of file access, examining cached web files and monitoring access at the firewall, which allows your IT support to block sites and stay on top of user access.
Justification for equipment upgrades
Network monitoring can provide you with the information needed to justify an equipment upgrade, especially if you need to get management approval or the upgrade comes with a large price tag. For example, if your managed services provider notes that one of the servers on your network is not performing at optimal levels, it can use the data from your network monitoring to prove this and underscore the necessity of a server upgrade.
Whether you’re using a managed services provider like MyITpros or have your own IT staff, 24/7 proactive network monitoring is a key part of keeping your business up and running. Not sure where to start or what shape your network is in? Let MyITpros perform your free network assessment! Contact us for more information.