Module 4 - Case
NETWORK ADMINISTRATION AND SECURITY
"Systems administration" and "network administration" sound a lot alike, and in practice it`s sometimes difficult to tell them apart. Yet there is a substantial amount of effort invested by the technical community, supported by a lot of managers, to maintain this distinction.
If we take a look at an interesting source for technical career information, Techies.com, we find the specialties described as follows:
This module is about what network management do for organizations, and thus it is appropriate that the case focus on one of the unique contributions of networks -- that is, the ability to conference people from widely distributed places. The development of easy-to-use and widely accessible conferencing arrangements has been some time coming, although one of the very first things done with the early ARPANET was to establish a conference call between two of the first three nodes. There is no shortage of technology available to organizations wishing to implement such approaches. However, Internet based conferencing is not just a technological issue, but a classic case of sociotechnical balance; in most organizations, the social arrangements for managing and incorporating conferencing are underdeveloped, and it is not clear just how to change the situation for the better. Mostly, people are worried about its security.
Read this guide to gain a background in web conferencing:
Web Conferencing Guide, netschmoozer.net. http://www.netschmoozer.net/article_list.php
Then read the following articles. One is on web conferencing packages and the other is on web conferencing security:
Patton, E. (2009) Web Conferencing Packages. Article Alley, 10/15/2009 http://www.articlealley.com/article_1175700_45.html
How Web Conferencing Security Works. HowStuffWorks.com. http://communication.howstuffworks.com/how-web-conferencing-security-works.htm
White Paper (n.d.), Cyber Security for Power Utilities, RAD, Retrieved from
When you`ve had a chance to read these articles, anything from the Background that seems helpful to you or anything else you may have come across on the subject (please use appropriate references). Please write a 6-10 page paper addressing the following questions. Make sure to take a stand one way or the other (and justifying it!) when answering the second question.
Why do we distinguish between network administration and systems administration?
Agree or Disagree: Internet-based conferencing is as safe as face-to-face meetings
Your paper should be between 6-10 pages. Take a definite stand on the issues, and develop your supporting argument carefully. Using material from the background information and any other sources you can find to support specific points in your argument is highly recommended; try to avoid making assertions for which you can find no support other than your own opinion.
You will be particularly assessed on:
Precision: Your draw on a range of sources, and to establish your understanding of the historical context of the question. You carried out the exercise as assigned, or carefully explained the limitations that might have prevented your completing some parts (running out of time isn`t generally considered an adequate limitation).
Support for assertions: You use examples, citations (especially to the required readings), and elaboration to support assertions. You provide evidence that you have read the required background materials.
Clarity: Your answers are clear and show your good understanding of the topic. You see what the module is all about and to structure your paper accordingly.
Breadth and Depth: The scope covered in your paper is directly related to the questions of the assignment and the learning objectives of the module.
Critical thinking: The paper incorporates YOUR reactions, examples, and applications of the material to business that illustrate your reflective judgment and good understanding of the concepts. It is important to read the "required readings" posted in the background material plus others you find relevant. Your informed commentary and analysis is vital -- simply repeating what your sources say does not constitute an adequate paper.
Overall quality: Your paper is well written and the references, where needed, are properly cited and listed (refer to the Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper) if you are uncertain about formats or other issues.
MODULE 4 - CASE NETWORK ADMINISTRATION AND SECURITY
The difference between network administration and systems administration
Since the advent of the technological age and information explosion, there has been some form of confusion or assumption when it comes to the technological experts. Even though most of the duties of these experts tend to overlap in one way or the other, the fact still remains that they do different jobs and all of them contribute quite differently to their respective causes. This has been the case with system and network administrators, two very important people as far as systems and networks go.
For a long time, system administration and network administration have been mistaken to refer to similar thing. Even to this day, there are indeed some people who still confuse these two, taking one for the other. The practice of the two administrations draws a delicate line that makes it simple to confuse one for the other. The confusion has made it tough for many people especially those who are not in the Information Technology to take the description of one to mean the other (Industrial Network Security, 2015). In untangling the confusion that exists in distinguishing the two administrations that existed regarding the system, there is a need for keen consideration of the specific dimensions that make each structure along with their practices.