What would be the impact on your business if your technology failed?
Technology touches practically every aspect of business these days. From your email to your phone system to how you track your customer relationships, your tech is a big part of your company’s success. Still, the technology that makes your business run smoothly can also be the source of significant disruption if it fails.
The interconnected nature of technology means that there is a certain measure of risk to everything you and your employees do. Some of these more common risks include:
- Social networking
- Mobile devices
- Cloud computing
- Electronic records management
Keeping your IT infrastructure up-to-date and secure can help to mitigate some of this risk. It’s important, however, to have an accurate overview of your IT environment. This is where an IT infrastructure assessment can be invaluable.
Why You Should Have an IT Infrastructure Assessment
An IT infrastructure assessment can help you to evaluate your IT environment to determine its strengths and weaknesses. As a thorough examination of your IT environment, this assessment will explore many common issues:
- Outdated or non-existent policies
- Poorly-developed or out-of-date business continuity and disaster recovery plans
- No outside source for security management
- Lack of testing for BC/DR scenarios
- Allowing remote access without requiring two-factor authentication
- No testing or scanning for network vulnerabilities
- No centralized log management
- Lack of sufficient security, both physically and technologically
- Outdated networks or operating systems
- Poor data loss prevention systems
- Inaccurate or absent network architecture and data flow illustrations
What’s Included in an IT Infrastructure Assessment?
An assessment of your IT infrastructure will aid your business in establishing a comprehensive view of the current state of your network. Additionally, it will help you to identify opportunities for improvement and make better-informed and strategic decisions.
Typically, this assessment will examine:
- Network performance
- Physical security
- Network security
- Allocation of resources
- Bandwidth usage
- Number of networks or servers in use
- Hardware age and capacity
- Mobile device policies
- Server room layout
- Software versions, support, and updates
- Service providers
- Network-related issues
- User-related issues
- Other infrastructure risks as identified
Because every business is unique, some of these elements may take on a larger significance than others.
What Good is an IT Infrastructure Assessment?
Once you have a clear picture of the strengths and weaknesses in your IT environment, you can begin to make necessary changes and improvements. These actions can help to reduce the risks inherent in the use of IT. Improvements to your IT security will help to significantly reduce your risks with regard to data privacy, data protection, and breaches. Additionally, you can reduce potential impacts to your business by implementing business continuity and disaster recovery plans based on the information returned in an assessment.
For businesses that must comply with industry standards (such as SOC2 or HIPAA), an IT infrastructure assessment can help you to prepare for an audit. Audits are often performed by a third party in an independent evaluation of your processes as they relate to industry standards. Your IT infrastructure assessment can assist you in the remediation of issues so that your auditor can validate your environment for compliance purposes.
Furthermore, an accurate evaluation of your IT environment can aid you in your budgeting process for the coming year. Knowing where you stand in terms of existing IT infrastructure, management, security, processes, and performance can help you to plan for efficiencies and expenditures going forward.
Lieberman Technologies conducts IT infrastructure assessments for a wide variety of businesses. Contact us for more information!