Undertaking a Network Overhaul: Is Your Network Fit for Purpose?

Undertaking a Network Overhaul: Is Your Network Fit for Purpose?

Modern business IT networks are more complicated than ever before, because they tend to have less defined boundaries than in the past. This could be because the network has to cover more than one site, but it is also important to note that many work networks also now allow remote connections, as well as connections from personal devices.

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many employers to adopt work from home strategies, even where they were opposed to such an idea before, it is important that this change is reflected through infrastructure and policy. In this article, we explore the potential benefits of carrying out a full-scale network overhaul.

Changes in Operations

There can be little doubt that COVID-19 fundamentally altered the way UK organisations do business. This is perhaps best demonstrated through government statistics, which show that in April 2020, almost half of all people in employment (46.6 percent) did some work from home, with 86 percent of these doing so because of the pandemic.

For most organisations, this represents a major operational change and it remains to be seen how many companies will continue to embrace work from home options after the crisis is resolved. However, it seems reasonable to assume that remote work will continue to have a role to play in many businesses for the foreseeable future.

Furthermore, many businesses are embracing greater flexibility even within the workplace and this often means allowing employees to connect to the network with their own personal devices, such as mobile phones and laptops.

One potential issue with this, however, is highlighted by the National Cyber Security Centre. They point out that every connection between your network and the internet represents a point at which your IT network and your systems are vulnerable to attacks from cyber criminals and others who may be acting with malicious intent.

Overhauling Your IT Network

These changes mean that now may be the best possible time to consider a network overhaul. This could involve everything from fundamentally altering your network infrastructure, to making sure your internal policies and processes are up-to-date and designed to help minimise the level of risk you are exposed to.

On a basic level, you should ensure your virus and malware detection software is always kept up-to-date, so that those threats can be detected early. It is also important to make sure you segregate your network effectively, utilise firewalls to protect your network, and insist on a robust password policy for each individual employee.

However, you also need to make sure you have a robust monitoring procedure in place, as this will allow you to detect any threats that emerge and identify any areas of vulnerability that may have gone unnoticed.

If you are unsure of precisely how to overhaul your network, it is sensible to work with a managed service provider.

NOC Management Services

At Fifosys, we offer comprehensive NOC management services for businesses in London and the nearby area, taking care of many of these issues and helping to make sure your network is fit for purpose in the COVID age and beyond. This service is offered via our 24/7 Network Operations Centre, staffed by level 2 and level 3 engineers.

Among the services we are able to offer is proactive monitoring, where we will continually track the performance of your network, systems and connected devices. This will allow us to monitor performance trends and potentially intervene before any problems occur, even with complex networks covering multiple sites. If any issues are detected, they will either be resolved through automated processes, or through manual intervention from our engineers.

We will work with your organisation to understand your specific requirements, and to make sure your network is optimised with these in mind. We are also able to handle service pack and patch installation, while preventative maintenance can be carried out to fix issues before they grow into deeper issues that are more difficult to resolve.

Finally, another way we are able to help is through capacity forecasting. With this, we will monitor network usage trends over time and help you to forecast when you may need to make further adjustments to your network infrastructure, such as when company growth or new technology starts to place a strain on your resources.

James Moss

Technical Director

James Moss