Security administrators are also known as computer security specialists, network security analysts, or Internet security specialists. They perform a variety of security-related tasks for their organization, such as teaching colleagues about computer security, checking for security violations, installing protective software, and taking action against cyber attacks. Once a problem is detected, security administrators are expected to quickly and accurately find a solution, providing updates to management as needed. In some cases, a security administrator may provide evidence of a cyber attack to help prosecute individuals for breaching security.
Security administrators generally work in an office setting during regular business hours. However, alternative and/or additional hours may be required depending on their employer's needs; administrators may need to be on-call in case of emergencies as well. Typically, security administrators work on their own or with a team of other security administrators.
For the most part, security administrators are required to hold a bachelor's degree in a relevant field such as computer science. Relevant certifications may be required or preferred as well. Security administrators must have excellent communication skills, as well as be able to effectively detect and analyze security problems. They must stay up-to-date and knowledgeable about security-related issues as well.
Security Administrator, Computer Network Tasks
Ensure the security of services and networks connected to the public Internet, for example websites and email gateways.
Educate user community on measures needed to maintain security.
Detect, troubleshoot, and repair any breaches in security.
Select, deploy, monitor, and maintain Internet firewall and other security technologies.