Spring Cleaning Your IT Infrastructure

Spring cleaning up your network is an important task to ensure optimal performance, security, and efficiency. 

Here are some steps you can take:

Inventory and Documentation: Start by taking stock of all devices connected to your network. Update your network documentation to reflect any changes since your last audit. This includes servers, switches, routers, firewalls, access points, printers, and any other networked devices.

Update Firmware and Software: Ensure that all network devices have the latest firmware and software updates installed. This helps patch security vulnerabilities and improve performance. Schedule regular updates to keep everything current.

Review Network Configuration: Check network configurations to ensure they align with best practices and security standards. Review firewall rules, VLAN configurations, routing tables, and access control lists (ACLs) to make sure they are configured correctly and efficiently.

Clean Up Unused Services and Ports: Identify and disable any unused services, ports, or protocols on your network devices. This reduces the attack surface and minimizes potential security risks. Disable any unnecessary services running on servers or network devices.

Optimize Network Performance: Analyze network traffic patterns to identify any bottlenecks or areas for optimization. Consider implementing Quality of Service (QoS) policies to prioritize critical traffic types. Optimize network settings such as MTU sizes and TCP window sizes for better performance.

Implement Network Segmentation: Divide your network into segments to improve security and manage traffic more effectively. Use VLANs, subnetting, or physical segmentation to separate different types of devices or user groups.

Review User Access Controls: Review user permissions and access controls to ensure that users have appropriate access levels based on their roles and responsibilities. Remove or modify access for users who no longer require it.

Backup and Disaster Recovery Planning: Verify that backup systems are working correctly and that critical data is being backed up regularly. Test your disaster recovery plan to ensure that you can quickly recover from a network outage or data loss event.

Security Auditing and Penetration Testing: Conduct regular security audits and penetration tests to identify vulnerabilities in your network infrastructure. Address any findings promptly to mitigate potential security risks.

Employee Training and Awareness: Provide ongoing training and awareness programs for employees to educate them about cybersecurity best practices and potential threats. Encourage employees to report any suspicious activity or security incidents promptly.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your network infrastructure is clean, optimized, and secure for the spring season and beyond.

We are here to help you with all of this. Please call us today

OKC – (405) 588-8000

TULSA – (918) 528-9965

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