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Published 10 Aug 2021

What is a Network Security Audit?

A network security audit is the process of proactively assessing the security and integrity of organizational networks. Conducted by IT managers and network security teams, it helps uncover and mitigate costly threats to an organization’s network and data assets.

This article will briefly discuss the following:

What is a Network Security Audit Checklist?

A network security audit checklist is a tool used during routine network audits (done once a year at the very least) to help identify threats to network security, determine their source, and address them immediately. A network audit checklist is typically used for checking the firewall, software, hardware, malware, user access, network connections, etc.

As network security risks continue to evolve, they remain a constant threat to any organization. Here are some of the most common network security risks and the recommended solutions to mitigate them:

Malware

Malware, such as computer viruses, spyware, trojans, worms, etc., are constant threats to the network and other information technology assets. Always check if anti-malware is updated and running periodic scans to protect the organization’s assets from potential threats.

Outdated operating systems

System updates include patches and updated security measures that intend to protect assets from newly discovered vulnerabilities. Allowing applicable system updates will help ensure that your operating systems and assets are protected from new threats.

New threats

Organizations that were vulnerable got hit in 2018 by the NotPetya ransomware, losing hundreds of millions of dollars and suffering unscheduled operational downtime. Proactively staying up-to-date with new threats to cyber and network security can help organizations mitigate IT risks and avoid reputation-damaging losses.

Unauthorized access

Employees and vendors who are no longer associated with the organization but still have access to company assets can be network-security risks. Proper off-boarding and deactivation of access will help protect the network from unintended or malicious access.

Human error

Neglect, lack of knowledge in network security, and malicious intent can render a network vulnerable to security threats. Provide training in using information technology and network assets for all employees and remind everyone to be mindful of how they handle information and network security. Conducting network security audits can help proactively reinforce cybersecurity and avoid costly IT incidents.

Technology for Building Effective Network Security Audit Checklists

Proactively conducting routine network security audits is a must if organizations intend to find and address threats to network security. iAuditor, the world’s most powerful auditing app, can help IT managers and network security teams in any industry or organization conduct network security audits anytime, anywhere. With the iAuditor mobile app and software, you can:

To help you get started, we have created 4 network security templates that you can download and customize according to your needs. 

SafetyCulture staff writer

Erick Brent Francisco

Erick Brent Francisco is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. As a content specialist, he is interested in learning and sharing how technology can improve work processes and workplace safety. His experience in logistics, banking and financial services, and retail helps enrich the quality of information in his articles.

Erick Brent Francisco is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. As a content specialist, he is interested in learning and sharing how technology can improve work processes and workplace safety. His experience in logistics, banking and financial services, and retail helps enrich the quality of information in his articles.