A company’s network is one of its most valuable components, not only because of its necessity to the health of operations, but because of its vitality to sustaining business-client relationships through business continuity. One of the most common errors business owners make in terms of IT strategy is to take a reactive approach rather than a proactive approach when it comes to network monitoring. A reactive approach can promote costly downtime, expensive urgent break-fix technical consulting, and often more serious problems such as virus and malware attacks, hacking, and data loss. A good network monitoring system is beneficial to any business, however if your network displays any of the following warning signs, you should consider implementing a monitoring system right away:
A system that freezes, crashes or runs very slowly is almost always a result of some other unauthorized software running in the background, using up valuable memory and CPU resources. This can be a result of a virus attack, or a hacking attempt. Proactive network monitoring services regularly scan your server and workstations for virus and malware presence, and can identify and isolate them before your network performance begins to suffer.
You don’t have a complete overview of the last time each workstation on your network updated its virus definitions
If you have a number of workstations on your network, particularly if these are mobile devices, it can be difficult to ensure that they are all kept up to date with the latest virus definitions. This leaves the entire network vulnerable to malware. Network monitoring identifies the last update on each machine and alerts you when a workstation is not up to date, allowing you to rectify the problem before it becomes a bigger issue.
You experience a high number of error messages while carrying out routine tasks
Hacking attempts and malware can damage operating systems, especially if you do not regularly upgrade your software and apply security patches. Network monitoring can automatically report when security patches are due to be applied, and alert you to any weaknesses in your system to help prevent these attacks before any damage is done.
You don’t know when your firewall was last updated, or if you have one in place
Firewalls are a crucial tool in keeping a network secure, and it is important that they are present and updated regularly. A firewall acts as a safeguard around your network, determining what traffic is allowed to pass in and out of your network. It is also the first line of defense against hacking and malware. Network monitoring and a Managed Security service automatically keeps your firewall up to date and identifies any weaknesses, helping keep the network secure.
You receive emails accusing your company of sending spam, or emails that are being sent without your knowledge
Email is perhaps one of the weakest points in any network as data travels across public servers and can be intercepted at any point. Email encryption helps keep your email communication secure and private. Many viruses and malware often propagate themselves across the internet by email, resulting in spam emails being sent without the sender’s knowledge. This can lead to company emails being blacklisted and blocked from large internet email services, which can be incredibly damaging for a business. Network monitoring identifies unusual email patterns, enabling any problems to be eradicated before becoming a problem.
Managed services, particularly Network Monitoring, can save your company time and money in long run by being implemented proactively. Don't wait until it's too late - take action now.