With so many employees working out of the office with remote networking in response to the coronavirus outbreak, your company may feel the need to relax when it comes to security or performance monitoring. However, this is far from the case. In fact, it’s during heightened periods of remote work where businesses need to be more vigilant regarding how well the network is performing. Employees working remotely due to concerns over coronavirus could pose a serious risk to your company’s network if you don’t take the proper precautions.
To help facilitate this issue, it’s imperative that your business implements the right technology and practices to keep your infrastructure running smoothly. That includes making sure that you have a network monitoring tool in place to continuously examine your network. Below, we’ve outlined why you need a network monitoring solution to keep your network performance in check when your workforce is operating remotely thanks to the coronavirus.
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Maintain solid network performance for remote tasks
Employees working from home rely on both their own network and your business network to successfully work on company resources stored in your infrastructure. You can’t control how your employee’s network performs, but you can ensure that the corporate network is free from performance issues. Network monitoring tools continuously observe your network for performance-related issues, so your team can eliminate any business-side bottlenecks and repair physical hardware problems.
Track voice and video usage
Companies that manage a virtual workforce will most likely implement voice and video chats to supplement in-person meetings. If your business hasn’t done this regularly, it needs to assess the strain that those chats can put on business networks if even one person is still working inside the office. VoIP and video calls can pull a lot of bandwidth from the network — bandwidth that employees could be using to work on company projects. Any network monitoring solution worth its salt will track bandwidth usage, allowing your company to see how voice/video conferencing is affecting your network.
Keep your network secure from threats
When you have a large number of employees working remotely, your business will have to deal with an increased amount of potential security threats. With employees working out of the office, your security team has so many new variables to deal with when it comes to protecting the network. You have to worry about the networks that workers are connecting to and (unless you assign them specific hardware) the devices they’re using for work. If those factors are compromised, then your infrastructure will be at risk when employees attempt to access corporate resources.
Many network monitoring solutions come equipped to discover and alert users to security threats, either located on your system already or that attempt to access the network. By monitoring all traffic that flows through your network, network monitoring tools can highlight suspicious transactions that suggest a threat has entered your system remotely.
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