A security administrator of information technology is responsible for managing all IT-related security and safety issues within a company. This can include developing systems and policies, as well as overseeing the implementation of procedures to secure both company and customer data. He/she also implements systems aimed toward preventing malware infections of company computer hardware.
As a security administrator, this person helps develop their company's written official guidelines for how it deals with information and communication; these can include defining what files, e-mails, or digital assets may be shared across work groups, with clients, or with the general public. The security administrator will be expected to either analyze or work with a security analyst to determine the safest and most efficient means for establishing and implementing these policies.
Security administrators also work to ensure that all of their company's data is kept secure and stable at all times. This can include company files and digital assets or reports, but also employee data and sensitive customer information. The administrator works to help analyze and shore up any possible vulnerabilities, and must also be aware of any unusual activity and react swiftly to prevent or mitigate breaches.
Finally, the administrator helps implement stability and security procedures regarding malware in the company's information hardware. This can include installation, upgrading, and improvement of malware detection and prevention software across the entire company, as well as implementing policies for firewalls and site-blocking.
To work as a security administrator (IT), one must typically possess either a computer science degree with an emphasis on security, or an IT security education from a technical school. Many companies will also require extensive practical experience regarding IT security at junior levels before considering a candidate for an administration position. Security administrators typically work regular business hours in the week in an office environment, but should generally expect to be on-call for potential emergencies, as well.
Security Administrator, IT Tasks
- Analyze and define security requirements for local and wide area networks.
- Update secure configurations by routinely reviewing vendor sites, bulletins, and notifications for security information.
- Recertify application, platform, and server security periodically.
- Provide technical advice on access control, security models, disaster recovery, business continuity planning, and security awareness training.
- Plan, implement, monitor, and troubleshoot internal information technology security policies, application security, access control, and corporate data safeguards.