What is exactly is a Network Audit you might ask?
To put it simply, a Network Audit is a health report of your company’s IT infrastructure. Think of it like visiting your doctors office for your yearly check-up. You go for a check-up to make sure your blood pressure isn’t too high, your cholesterol level is where it needs to be and your blood work comes back normal.
Your businesses IT infrastructure needs to be healthy in order to prevent data loss, reveal any vulnerabilities that could expose your network to hackers, and even to make sure your not overpaying for services you don’t need. A Network Audit looks at your IT setup from the inside out.
3 Reasons Why Your Small Business Needs A Network Audit
1.) If you don’t have a plan, plan to fail.
Technology is a large expense in any business. If you don’t know how much your business will be spending on IT for the next six months or even a year from now, you will likely not be prepared to pay for an unexpected technology disaster. Something like this could completely throw your budget off course and likely take a chunk out of your profits. If your business only spends on IT when something breaks, you might have a few unwelcome surprises coming your way within the next year. Technology is unpredictable, your budget shouldn’t be.
2.) Having a decent IT infrastructure isn’t enough.
Imagine trying to build a house from the ground up without an expert, such as a contractor or an architect? Most people wouldn’t dare to start such a costly project without an expert opinion. The same goes for your businesses IT infrastructure. Unless you yourself are in the IT industry, how can you be so sure your up to date on the latest software? You have a proper backup system in place? Or you know how to efficiently set up a network that best suits your businesses needs? If your business relies on data (customer information, medical records, legal files, ect…) don’t leave this vital information to chance- go with an expert.
3.) Your “IT guy” could be failing to provide you with proper advice.
Sure, you might have a “guy” you pay to come and install new software and do backups. But how do you know if they are properly working? If you are only relying on a one man operation, whose to say he’s doing everything he can to keep your network protected? In fact, the #1 issue revealed in hundreds of Network Audit’s has been that backups are not working. Can your business survive if you lost all of your data tomorrow? Did you know that 43% of companies that suffer from data loss never reopen and 51% of those close within two years.
A Network Audit could be that one simple solution to be sure your IT infrastructure is where it needs to be in order to successfully and efficiently run your business.