Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cyber Security: Monitoring Your Networks by Curt Christian, Conultant for Invensys Critical Infrastructure & Security Practice

Curt Christian, Consultant for Invensys Critical Infrastructure & Security Practice, discusses the importance of monitoring your networks.

Monitoring Your Networks

Today’s complex network systems have become the foundation of business.  A network’s reliability and performance are essential.  With so many interrelated devices and applications running simultaneously, system event diagnosis can be a challenge.  Real-time visibility can significantly reduce the reaction time to system events, thus maintaining continuous operations and, more importantly, revenue.
How can real-time network performance monitoring help? For one, our customers are seeing a reduction in operation costs.  They are using less effort to manage their networks with application-based technology with built-in automation. This proactive approach to network management allows real-time visibility spanning the entire critical IT infrastructure.
Some of the features and benefits of network performance monitoring include:
· Monitoring the health of key Critical Assets
· Viewing current bandwidth usage and identifying bottlenecks
· Detecting network system trouble before it happens
· Increased security by monitoring for “rogue” devices that have been connected without authorization
· Monitoring resources to track metrics such as disk space, CPU load, storage space, offline/online  state, and memory utilization
· System event alert management from anywhere 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Viewing all your key critical IT assets is a snap with built-in customizable dashboards. You’ll also find the reporting tool handy for documentation. The benefits include:
· Real-time dashboards for quickly viewing your network’s overall state
· Storage of time-based data from millions of elements
· Establishing a performance baseline
· Identification of all of your IT network inventory devices
· Pre- and post-deployment performance monitoring metrics
· Trending metrics provides data to project future growth
In summary, protecting your IT infrastructure can be easy and cost-effective with a comprehensive real-time network performance monitoring solution.

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