Much like human beings, networks are constantly growing, evolving, changing, and dividing. Monitoring changes to the ever-evolving network isn’t just paramount to maintaining the system’s security, it is essential for business owners in terms of efficiency as well. Hardware and software audits allow for businesses to keep tabs on networks like never before. With a simple IT software inventory, suddenly it is clear what’s running on the network and how efficient that network actually is. Hardware and software audits are important, let’s explore just how important they are.
Hardware is a vital aspect of any business, regardless of which industry that business serves. Data is critical to security and protecting information, that’s why a hardware audit is key. Here are a few of the most important ways a hardware audit can benefit any sized company:
Similarly, software audits can provide many of the same benefits and goals, that’s why it is important to run both hardware and software audits regularly.
Neither hardware nor software audits is very expensive. In fact, licenses for software to perform network inventory and audits can be purchased for as low as $90, a small price to pay for efficiency and security. Moreover, most legitimate companies will allow users to try the software free for a number of days to get a feel for how the product will work for their business.
Unseen issues aren’t just a massive security risk, they can cost any company time and money through issues or troubleshooting. Up-to-date hardware and databases can help you to keep tabs on your assets and know which pieces need to be replaced. It might sound like a large undertaking, but a hardware audit is easy to perform, especially with the right IT hardware inventory software. This can be implemented with quality IT professionals. Additionally, every company should deploy network monitoring software to keep the network running as efficiently and securely as it can.
Adam Edmond is a technology writer, and previously a software developer. He is a Masters graduate of the National Technical University of Ukraine in Applied Mathematics (department of system programming and specialized computer systems) and having worked as a software developer for Ciklum, he is now based in the USA as a contractor, and loves writing and sharing his experiences.
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