Network assessments are essential for all financial firms.
Why? Because a professionally conducted assessment often reveals issues in your computer network that could be robbing you of employee productivity today or even hidden risks that just might be tomorrow’s disaster waiting to happen
Think of a network assessment as a yearly checkup with your doctor. You receive a physical every year to look for abnormalities in your health.
The same concept applies to your IT network, especially because IT networks are often the backbone of financial service firms. Read on to know how your financial service firm could benefit from a network assessment.
A network assessment provides your company with a list of recommendations and a detailed review of your network operations. Your outside consultant would use his or her own tools and experience, bringing in a fresh insight. Also, an outside perspective helps identify issues that would otherwise go unnoticed.
Network assessments scan your Internet, computer activity, user activity, security, and backups. With these scans, you may learn of risks or issues that are present in your network and be able to potentially prevent issues in the future.
Your firm may build an IT budget based on the list of recommendations uncovered by a network assessment. By determining your network needs, you may allot your company finances towards the necessary tools and equipment that can make your network run more efficiently and ultimately become more secure.
A network assessment identifies your network’s weak points, which you may not have been aware of. Thus, your IT staff can immediately target those weak points and implement changes and improvements as needed.
Conducting an annual network assessment can help maintain your firm’s overall network integrity.
Your consultant will be able to compare your network versus industry best practices.
Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a blanket solution for all networks.
Every financial service firm is unique, which is more of a reason to conduct an annual assessment.
Network assessments are a way to ensure system fluidity and can prevent an IT crisis down the road.