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Why Should You Monitor Your Network?

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Effective IT network monitoring service enables companies to manage cybersecurity risks, identify trends and predict future needs, enhance network performance, and reduce the incidence of system outages.  This allows the smooth operation of your IT network, helping your staff to maintain focus on business objectives.  Conversely, an IT network left unattended promotes inefficient operations, resulting in disruption to your business workflow.  How does IT network monitoring service work to help you achieve your business goals and objectives?

Cybersecurity Risk Management

Cybersecurity threats remain one of the most significant risks to the stability and profitability of most businesses.  This holds true for businesses of all sizes.  Some hackers target large companies with hopes of a large payout, however, some cyberattacks spread without specific targeting, rendering all companies equally at risk of infection.  A large company may have more to lose; however, SMB’s typically have a lower tolerance to profit loss due to cyber-attacks.  Companies can significantly reduce cybersecurity threats by implementing appropriate cybersecurity protection measures, including effective IT network monitoring.

A few ways that IT network monitoring service enables cybersecurity risk management:

Performing Frequent Cybersecurity Scans – When you perform frequent scans, you reduce the risk of anti-virus and anti-malware threats attacking your system by eliminating the malicious code before harm occurs.

Establish and Monitor Compliance with Cybersecurity Policies and Procedures – An IT MSP can help you establish and deploy your company’s cybersecurity policies and procedures.  The MSP can also monitor user activity and report non-compliance so that you have the opportunity to ward off risky behavior before it manifests as a cybersecurity breach.

Manage Network Access – Establishing user authentication protocols provides a barrier to network access verifying user identity for relevant endpoints attempting to connect to the network.

Establish and Maintain BYOD Policy and Usage BYOD use accounts for a significant percentage of network cybersecurity breaches in recent history.  An IT MSP can help you define and establish BYOD security protocols and procedures to reduce your BYOD driven exposure to cybersecurity threats.

In this article, we address only a few of the methods used to produce a safe secure networking environment.  Cybersecurity threats manifest in many ways, therefore effective cybersecurity risk management requires proactive attention and prompt response on multiple fronts.  To learn more, visit CIS’ Cybersecurity Blog, which contains posts on a wide variety of cybersecurity issues, including threat identification, cybersecurity risk management, and more.

Identify Network Traffic Trends

Routine IT network monitoring can help a business track trends that provide insight into a variety of factors that affect business efficiency and profitability.  Some companies monitor network traffic as an indicator of how employees spend their time, while others focus on software use.

To keep pace with the competition, most companies maintain a significant investment in software.  Deciding which software to maintain often proves challenging, particularly for companies with diverse software needs.  Monitoring activity IT networks allow companies to track software use, enabling management to make strategic decisions on which software to continue using.

Enhance IT Network Performance and Reduce Outages

Effective IT network monitoring service includes tracking indicators of IT network performance.

Latency – This performance metric indicates how long it takes data to travel from one location to another across a network or the internet.  IT network monitoring should include continuous measurement of latency as an indication of IT network performance.

Bandwidth and Throughput – Bandwidth describes the maximum rate of data transfer possible for a specific data flow path within a computing system.  Throughput describes the actual observed amount of data transferred within a specific timeframe, for a specific data flow path within a computing system.  Bandwidth discussions most commonly occur when discussing or detailing system physical configurations.  Throughput discussions most commonly occur in the context of IT network monitoring service, whether local NOC, cloud-based or a hybrid system.  Monitoring throughput allows network administrators to understand the health of the system in regards to data transfer efficiency.  Monitoring throughput enables network administrators to take a proactive approach to maintain IT network performance.

Hardware Performance – Effective network monitoring service includes hardware usage and performance monitoring.  This includes performance metrics such as CPU utilization, remaining hard drive space, uptime, and others.

Software Performance –Mission-critical applications and software need to run smoothly in order to enable top-level staff performance.  Expanding IT network monitoring service to include mission-critical software performance helps identify problems early and keep users producing at maximum output.

You can learn more about factors that impact IT network performance, and how IT can be used to improve productivity in various CIS’ Productivity Blog posts.

Promote IT Network Management Efficiency

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If you want your network to run smoothly and efficiently, then you need efficient network management, which includes measuring network management efficiency.    A few characteristics of efficient network management include:

Proactive vs Reactive – How many potential or looming IT network problems does your IT staff resolve before they become potential problems?  Does your business suffer due to frequent IT network downtime episodes? These trends can provide a measure of the proactivity of your network management system.  Maintaining detailed logs of all IT network maintenance and repair activity and problem resolution can provide the basis for tracking how proactive or reactive your IT system operates.

Routine Reporting of Network Performance – Routine reporting promotes proactive response to IT network performance.

If you recognize some of these signs that your IT network monitoring service needs improvement, feel free to consult with Custom Information Services for an analysis of your IT systems.  CIS maintains a strong record of accomplishment for efficient and professional network monitoring services and helping companies achieve their full business potential.

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