1. Inventory of Network Devices
This involves listing all hardware components and network devices, such as routers, switches, servers, and endpoints, to ensure nothing is overlooked.
2. Network Topology Mapping
Create a visual representation of the network's structure, including how devices are interconnected, to understand data flow and potential bottlenecks.
3. Bandwidth Analysis
Monitor and analyze network bandwidth usage to identify areas where network congestion might occur.
4. Security Policy Review
Evaluate and update security policies to align with the latest threats and industry best practices.
5. Firewall Configuration Audit
Verify that firewall rules and configurations are up to date and in compliance with security requirements.
6. Vulnerability Scanning
Use automated tools to scan for vulnerabilities in network devices and applications, then prioritize and address any identified weaknesses.
7. Quality of Service (QoS) Assessment
Ensure that network traffic is properly prioritized to guarantee optimal performance for critical applications.
8. Network Traffic Analysis
Analyze data traffic patterns to detect anomalies and potential security breaches.
9. Redundancy and Failover Testing
Test failover mechanisms and redundancy configurations to ensure network reliability.
10. Documentation Review
Ensure that network documentation, including diagrams, configurations, and policies, is accurate and up to date.