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Network Auditing

What Does Network Auditing Mean?

Network auditing is the collective measures done to analyze, study and gather data about a network with the purpose of ascertaining its health in accordance with the network/organization requirements.

Network auditing primarily provides insight into how effective network control and practices are, i.e. its compliance to internal and external network policies and regulations.

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Techopedia Explains Network Auditing

Network auditing works through a systematic process where a computer network is analyzed for:

  • Security
  • Implementation of control
  • Availability
  • Management
  • Performance

The data is gathered, vulnerabilities and threats are identified, and a formal audit report is sent to network administrators.

It is generally done by an information system auditor, network analyst/auditor or any other individual with a network management and/or security background. It uses both manual and automated techniques to gather data and review network posture. It reviews:

  • Each node of a network
  • Network control and security processes
  • Network monitoring processes
  • Other data

Although a network audit may focus more on network control and security, it also reviews processes and measures that ensure network availability, performance and quality of service.

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