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Top 5 Gap Analyses to Improve Your Business

Getting your organization to where it needs to be in regard to security, efficiency and productivity is not always an easy task. Sometimes, we don’t even know where to start, let alone what gaps need to be filled. This is why it is important to assess your organization on a regular basis. When you analyze your environment, you may discover your backups are malfunctioning, your network isn’t properly optimized, and your employees aren’t properly trained to combat cyber attacks. Identifying these gaps in your organization is critical to the success of your business.

User Education – Score on Security

Often times, the last place we look to boost our security posture is through employee training. Employees can either be an organization’s strongest weapon against security threats or its biggest weakness. With a Score on Security Gap Analysis, you can determine your cybersecurity risk based on the seven areas covered in the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) framework. If it identifies end-user cybersecurity training is deficient, recommendations like a cybersecurity-education program can significantly decrease your level of risk and therefore increase your score. Similar to how positive financial behaviors translate to a better FICO credit score.

Channel Overlap – Wireless Network Gap Analysis

Keeping your wireless network at optimal performance levels is not always an easy task. There are a number of different factors that can lead to reduced performance. Testing your network for signal strength and channel overlap is a great way to help identify what may be causing the issue. In some cases, simply selecting the proper WiFi channel can significantly improve your WiFi coverage and performance. In other scenarios, you may need a hardware refresh or configuration changes. Any way you slice it, a Wireless Analysis can help your organization solve efficiency and performance issues associated with network interference.

Unable to Restore – Business Continuity Analysis

An employee makes a mistake, or your systems malfunction, and in the blink of an eye, your critical business processes grind to a halt. Would you be able to restore your computers, phones, and other infrastructure in order to continue business as usual? Without proper backups, and a Business Continuity plan, your organization could be down for hours, days, or even weeks, costing you not only time, but significant revenue loss. Simulating an outage with a Backup and Recovery test is one way your organization can evaluate your ability to properly restore your environment. Having a proper Business Continuity plan in place, and testing it annually is one way to prove your organization is secure and resilient.

Load Imbalance – Storage Gap Analysis

Optimizing your storage performance is another task that can have a major impact on the bottom line. Without load balancing, your storage devices can become strained from too much traffic. This can significantly slow down the time it takes for your employees to perform the business tasks that keep the wheels turning at your organization. Performing a storage gap analysis in your environment can help you identify storage devices that are experiencing heavy network or application traffic. Instituting load balancing into your environment can help better distribute workloads across your entire network, greatly improving the performance and reliability of your systems. Sometimes organizations even discover they can consolidate to less storage appliances and while enhancing performance.

Actual Cost Vs. Perceived – Risk Analysis

If your business was to go down for an hour, do you know how much it would cost your organization? Understanding the cost associated with downtime isn’t as simple as looking at your hourly revenue number. There are costs associated with employee productivity, sales, lost customers, and much more. In order to properly discover your cost, your organization needs to perform a risk analysis. By assessing the risk level of your organization, the potential negative effects and costs of downtime are identified, evaluated, and accounted for. While a full risk analysis is recommended you can get started today by using our downtime calculator to estimate your downtime costs.

Filling the gaps in your business isn’t easy, but performing these gap analyses can help your organization start the journey to becoming more secure, reliable and resilient.