How the Network Intuitive Will Change IT Professionals’ Future

You are probably lying if you are reading this.
We aren’t judging, but we won’t judge!
According to University of Massachusetts research, most of us lie. The University of Massachusetts found that 60% of people lie between 2 and 3 times per 10 minutes. We do it all the time, even though we don’t realize it.
We lie a lot, whether we are trying to impress others by exaggerating something or telling homeless people that they “have no change”, just to avoid interaction with them.
This may seem obvious, but lying is a science. It goes far beyond mere words.

Paul Ekman, a psychologist, pioneered the study of body language, especially micro expressions. He is known for being “the best human lie-detector in the world.”
Dr. Ekman discovered that by using the 7 main emotions to guide him, it is possible to deduce a lot of micro expressions that can be used to indicate how a person feels and, as a result, whether he or she is lying.
Have you ever seen a movie where detectives interrogate bad guys in a room.
You’ll understand what I mean if you’ve ever seen Lie to Me.
The first thing detectives do is ask a series simple questions that they know will yield a truthful answer.
This gives them an idea of the suspect’s reaction to the truth. After this, they can jump to the fun questions and infer if someone is lying based upon their reactions.
Cisco’s intuitive network uses intent based analytics and machine learning to track encrypted traffic and determine if it contains malware, just as detectives use Dr. Ekman’s research to find truthful answers.
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Cisco’s Network Intuitive uses an interesting concept called ETA (encrypted traffic analytics) to accomplish this. It can identify patterns in encrypted traffic that are mostly benign and create a reference to help it point out unusual situations.
Introducing Network Intuitive
It’s not surprising that the tech industry is constantly changing. The introduction of Network Intuitive and its ability to simplify some of the most difficult problems of today is a clear indicator that the industry is changing rapidly.
Chuck Robbins (Cisco’s CEO) stated that “we’ve reached an inflection points.” Billions of devices have been connected to the internet. Security threats are a growing concern. The environments are becoming too complicated.
Cisco promises to solve all these problems by creating a platform that allows organizations to scale, secure information and simplify their environments through their futuristic network; a platform that “meets companies where they are.”
Everything sounds fascinating. You know what people don’t talk about? It is time for a major shift.
The IT profession itself.
Chuck Robbins didn’t mention anything about entry/associate technical training during Cisco Live…

If you are in your early years of your career, or looking to start a new career, you should keep up with the latest trends. You have a tremendous opportunity before you.
You are probably smart enough to see the obvious disconnect between what you learn in school/certs and what you need in the real world.
Have you noticed this problem?
Many technologies are being integrated into networks and connected to them by tons of devices that generate endless amounts of data. However, entry-level certification programs require that people specialize in one area of IT right from the beginning.
This is like asking pre-med student to choose a specialty field in their first year, when they don’t know what it is!
Why should you have to choose security or data center early? It is absurd…
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According to Cisco’s CEO, three major issues are being addressed by the company:
1. Scale: This is a response the the staggering number of devices connected to the internet. It is expected to have more than a million connections per hour by next year.
Cisco is aiming to offer enterprises, who already use over 3.1 billion devices for business model changes, a network that can be repaired by “predictive maintenance”.
2. Companies need to simplify their operations. Networks are becoming more complex every day. Cisco uses automation and programmability to simplify the operations of companies that have often failed to succeed at their organization.
One example is when companies use multiple cloud service providers and their IT department has to manage all of them. This creates more complexity than is necessary.
3. Secure information: Every day, more traffic is encrypted. Soon, more than 80% will be encrypted and 70% will be protected from attacks. These attacks will be countered by ETA (encrypted Traffic Analytics).
This threads the line between security and privacy. It will be a lively debate…
These three factors are complemented by the fact that companies are looking for people who can understand the various networking technologies (read more here). You’ll soon realize that IT is a complex field and that you need to learn as many technologies as you can to succeed.
I don’t think you will lose your ability to specialize in the future. You’ll need a network foundation that covers as many relevant technologies as you can to make your career stand out and collaborate with “full-stack” IT teams.
But you won’t