Jobs of the Future – Networks and Information Systems Security

Matriculation students today are faced with a very difficult choice - at the age of 17, you have to make a decision about what you want to do for the rest of your life and then study it.

That's tough!

Auston College Myanmar is here to help you discover some of the jobs that will still be in demand and will be useful for the future. Read more below!

Networks, Information Systems, and Security – let’s break it down.

Networks – are a series of connected computers or devices. Most people don’t realize this but the internet is just one giant network that spans over hundreds of thousands of wired networks called LANs (Local Area Networks) and WLANS (Wireless LANs) and WANs (Wide Area Networks).

Information Systems – Information systems is a combination of hardware, such as computers and drives, and software, such as information processors, that functions to increase efficiency and management of an organization. Professionals in this field do everything from day to day IT-support to deploying and managing a complicated work environment for software companies and data centers.

Security – As we use the internet more, we happily place more and more content on the internet, or near to it. We must be able to inventory what we have, secure it, and defend it. Cyber Security is a massive field of work but is never in demand, until it is too late.

 

So what are these jobs and why are they relevant for the future?

This is a career pathway for someone in a typical network job. Networks are the infrastructure upon which so many services run today. Don’t get confused.

Infrastructure means Networks.

Cloud also means Networks +plus some powerful computers.

 

If you’re in an Infrastructure engineer job, you’re likely to perform one of these jobs:

At a typical Network Engineer level, you’ll design and configure the network that the organization runs on. This would require you to understand the needs of the company and run a network that would make work possible, and efficient.

At a higher level such as Network Operations Command, you will be expected to oversee the performance of your telecommunications networks live, and fixing problems as they crop up. For example in an internet service provider like Ooredoo or MPT, sometimes people in certain areas can’t get a connection. Or in other places, connections are slow. These will be your problems to identify and resolve.

In advanced environments you will deploy and use Fiber Optic networks. These are specialized cables that connect networks at up to 100Gbps but their cables are tiny and fragile and must be carefully maintained. In countries like Singapore and urban zones like Yangon, fiber connections are getting more common. Understanding this technology is definitely a key for the future.

Networks may be old technology but as more and more devices get introduced to the world, we will definitely need more people connecting these devices.

Information Systems is another huge field on its own.

A good view of information systems is building, deploying, and maintaining the software environment in which people work. Where networks is the hardware environment, information systems is the software environment.

What software? Here are some examples:

When your company wants a safe controlled working system, you’ll need to deploy a domain server. A common one is Windows Server 2012 or 2016.

When your company wants to have internal shared files, you’ll need a file sharing server with some users being able to only read files, and other people being able to edit files.

If your company needs to manage a huge number of customers with information such as names, companies, contact number, product preferences, special prices, addresses and so on, you’ll need databases.

If you work for a software development company, you’ll need to create a multi-server environment with proper resource and power management.

These are just a few examples of what you could do an information systems job scope.

According to KPMG and Harvey Nash, Cyber security is a 46 billion USD industry. In comparison, the entire country of Myanmar only did 68 billion USD in trade in 2016. This is a HUGE opportunity, especially for young people today.

At a Security Executive level a typical job would be to monitor your network and companies assets on a daily basis to make sure that there are no “break-ins” and no “leaks”. If there are, you’ll have to be an investigator and first on the site to catalog the evidence.

Security Engineers will build systems to prevent or trap hackers or would be hackers. Keep the good guys in. Keep the bad guys out.

Penetration Testers are one of the hot terms in the cyber security industry and everybody wants to be a certified ethical hacker. However, there is only a small demand for such professionals and to win this game you have to rise to the top of the industry.

Cyber security is going to be a huge opportunity for technology professionals because as the internet grows, and more service become available online there will be more to defend, and definitely more attackers.

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