Mid-Year Network Audits Keep You Up to Date
There oftentimes isn’t all that much to investigate at the start of the new year, so a network audit wouldn’t make much sense in January. On the flip side, practically everything in your organization is about to be audited as the year comes to a close, which could create an atmosphere where things are rushed and details are overlooked. With that in mind, it could be in your best interest to conduct your network audit in the middle of the year. Your IT needs are constantly changing, so taking stock of what you have and what may need updating or replacing numerous times a year couldn’t hurt.
Via a network audit, your business takes the time to analyze, study and gather data about a network with the purpose of ascertaining its health in accordance with the network/organizational requirements. An audit is used to provide insight into how effective network control and practices are in relation to compliance with internal and external network policies and regulations.
Another advantage of the mid-year audit is defining what you are using for software. This will allow you to check your software license records to find out if you are underpaying or overpaying for software. An IT audit can also spot and help rectify performance bottlenecks and similar problems.
By conducting this process mid-year, you avoid the rush to year-end most other processes in your operations may require. You also can identify needs that can be addressed by the current year’s budget instead of being forced to push updates and replacements into the following year’s capital improvement program. Like the end-of-year audit, your mid-year audit should address all areas related to IT compliance, assets/IT inventory, software licensing and noncompliance-related security audits.
The fact that many IT audits can now be conducted quickly and effectively with appropriate audit software and network tools makes multiple audits a year more achievable. Look for a partner that can come in and conduct your IT audit using a solution with auditing and consolidation, real-time monitoring, reporting and remote endpoint management. 2W Tech is a full-service IT consulting firm that has the appropriate auditing software and tools to ensure you stay on top of your IT demands the rest of the year. Give us a call today to ensure your technology can carry you through the rest of 2019.