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Working As An Information Security Administrator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $80,582

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Security Administrator Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become An Information Security Administrator

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Average Length of Employment
Administrator 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 3.3%
Specialist 2.8%
Top Employers After
Manager 5.0%

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Information Security Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

60.9%

Female

38.0%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

77.2%

Hispanic or Latino

10.6%

Asian

9.6%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Chinese

12.5%

German

6.3%

Japanese

6.3%

French

6.3%

Mandarin

6.3%

Dakota

6.3%

Italian

6.3%
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Information Security Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.3%

University of Maryland - University College

7.1%

Dakota State University

7.1%

Indiana Wesleyan University

7.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.4%

Villanova University

5.4%

Capella University

5.4%

Hillsborough Community College

5.4%

University of Alabama

3.6%

University of Washington

3.6%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

3.6%

University of Baltimore

3.6%

Harris School of Business fka The Harris School

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.6%

New York University

3.6%

University of West Florida

3.6%

New Jersey City University

3.6%

Delaware Technical and Community College

3.6%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

3.6%

A-Technical College

3.6%
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Majors

Business

20.4%

Computer Information Systems

11.2%

Computer Science

11.2%

Computer Systems Security

7.3%

Information Technology

6.8%

Criminal Justice

6.3%

Information Systems

5.3%

Computer Networking

4.9%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

General Studies

2.9%

Finance

2.4%

Marketing

2.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Management

1.9%

Pharmacy

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

Elementary Education

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.9%

Political Science

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.4%

Other

20.7%

Masters

20.4%

Associate

11.6%

Certificate

3.9%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.4%
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Real Information Security Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Information Security Administrator Populus Group, LLC Johnson City, TX Jul 06, 2014 $162,786
Information Security Administrator Populus Group Johnson City, TX Aug 29, 2013 $156,525
Information Security Administrator-Program Management Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 14, 2016 $145,000
Information Security Administrator Populus Group San Antonio, TX Jul 06, 2013 $131,898
Senior Information Security Assurance Administrator Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA May 09, 2016 $130,000
Senior Information Security Assurance Administrator Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Sep 05, 2016 $130,000
Information Security Administrator Populus Group Dallas, TX Jul 16, 2012 $108,524
Information Administrator Wimplus Inc. West Covina, CA Jan 15, 2010 $83,647
Information Administrator Winplus Inc. West Covina, CA Mar 15, 2010 $83,647
Senior Associate, Information Security Administrator DFS Corporate Services LLC Riverwoods, IL Jan 16, 2016 $81,163
Information Administrator Samurai Infotech LLC Cumming, GA Sep 15, 2014 $80,000
Information Security Administrator Nrich Enterprise Solutions, LLC Roseville, CA Aug 29, 2016 $74,443
Information Security Administrator The Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc. New York, NY Aug 31, 2014 $66,500 -
$77,000

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Top Skills for An Information Security Administrator

SecurityProceduresActiveDirectoryEnsureComplianceWindowsXPRandomAuditsDatabaseSecurityPoliciesMainframeVulnerabilityAssessmentsSecurityAdministrationWebUserAccountsSQLISARSAUnixVPNUserAccessPCIIdentity

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  1. Security Procedures
  2. Active Directory
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct network vulnerability assessments using tools to evaluate attack vectors, identify system vulnerabilities and develop remediation plans and security procedures.
  • Utilized active directory to build LAN accounts and give access to applications as needed.
  • Assist in implementing Quality Control procedures and training manual to ensure compliance with internal and external auditor controls.
  • Provide internal software issues in user's desktop on Windows XP and Windows 7 platforms.
  • Brake down and restacked merchandise from pallets during random audits.

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