Network Auditing is an essential process for any organization. Networks are constantly evolving and it is unwise to assume that the network is under control. Adding new users or devices can disrupt the infrastructure of the network, and have major effects on security. To maintain a safe network, an administrator should regularly perform network audits and monitor changes.

What is Network Auditing?

Network auditing is a process of studying and analyzing information on a network. It gives insight on how effective network control is in an organization, and allows the network administrator to identify potential security issues and implement changes if necessary.

How Does a Network Audit Work?

First, the network administrator maps each computer used on the network, as well as the software used on each computer. After the software inventory is complete, the administrator can catalog which software is running smoothly and which software is delayed or stopped entirely.

Once the administrator completes auditing the computers on the network, he or she can start cataloging the devices. These include routers, fax machines, mobile phones, or any other device with connectivity to the network.  Once the devices are all cataloged, the network audit is finished, and the data can be analyzed.

What Can Information Obtained Through a Network Audit Tell Me?

Network audits monitor changes on the network, based upon the standard requirements the administrator determines, and reports changes when they occur. Then, the administrator can detect and enforce necessary changes to manage the network if unauthorized software could cause harm to the network’s security. Also, regular network audit can help administrators detect potential theft. This is especially important if your business is a Bring Your Own Device workplace. Your workers may not take the security measures that your business needs with their own personal devices, and that could have negative effects on your network’s security.

Network auditing is an important process for any organization. Networks change over time, as multiple users and devices are added. Security breaches are likely to occur unless the network is closely monitored. Regular network auditing is the best practice to keep a business network under control and make necessary changes, before small issues escalate into larger security problems. If you have any additional questions about network auditing or would like to schedule a network audit for your business, please contact us at 216.771.1600