25 Nov

When we initially discuss structured cabling networks with our customers we usually hear “what we have is working just fine” or “we don’t have the budget for that right now, we are focusing on (insert other IT issue here).” This is understandable since structured cabling is not known for being the “sexy” or fun part of IT to focus on. Usually, our customers are more concerned with security, cloud solutions, or new software upgrades for end users. To give you a hint on where this is going: your structured cabling network is the foundation for all of this. Think of it like your home. If you want your home to be comfortable and functional, you organize your spaces so that you can move around easily and find things quickly when you need them. You also know where the doors and windows are so they can be closed and locked when you leave for the day. This is how you should think of your structured cabling system, you want it to be organized, functional, and secure.

What is a Structured Cabling Network? To put it simply, structured IT cabling is the design and installation of a cabling system that will support multiple hardware uses both today and any additional hardware added in the future. It is the foundation of your network infrastructure and enables all data transmission and telephone service done through your computer.

Top 4 Reasons Structured Cabling Networks are critical for IT Security Management

Every business has some sort of structured cabling network, but they vary in size, organization, and capability. No matter how large your business is, having a seamlessly functional structured cabling network will save you and your employees a lot of trouble. Here are the top 4 reasons that structured cabling networks are critical for IT security.

Compliance and Security Your data center/rack/closet is essentially the nucleus of your organization. It is where your servers, switches, routers are located and every piece of hardware (computers, phones, printers, security cameras) is connected to them by various cabling. If these cables are not labeled and organized well it is very difficult to know what they are connected to. It will also be difficult to tell if an unauthorized person has made changes to your physical network. We recommend having photos of your cabling network on file for reference so you can easily identify changes and potentially identify why someone has made those changes. It is the simplest way to tell if someone is tampering with your network from a physical standpoint.

Faster Speeds and Reliability One of the most important things to any business is network stability and speed. There is nothing more frustrating that being on an important virtual meeting and having latency issues or drop-offs. Having a highly functional structured cabling network enables you and your employees to have trustworthy connection to the internet, and speed with locating important files stored on your network. If you have ever tried searching for a specific file and had to wait an extended period of time for it to be located, you may have some issues with your physical cabling system.

More Effective Support and Troubleshooting No matter which industry you are in, or how big your organization is, support and troubleshooting is important. Technology by nature is ever changing and evolving and with this comes issues that need to be addressed. If your structured cabling network is poorly installed, organized, or labeled your support team will have a much tougher time identifying the issues you come across. This can lead to longer wait times to getting back to the task at hand, and even the need to reach out to 3rd parties for help.

Cost Saving Your structured cabling network can save you time and money. As we mentioned above, it is the nucleus of your organization and should be invested in on the front end, so you do not have to spend more money down the road to fix or even reinstall the entire network. If your employees are unable to be productive due to latency issues, drop-offs, and lost files you are losing money. If your support team needs to spend twice as much time locating the issue, you are losing money. Time is a resource that transfers directly to cost in the business world.