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Working As A Network 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

  • $79,609

    Average Salary

What Does A Network 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 A Network 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
Network Manager 3.9 years
Network Operator 3.3 years
LAN Administrator 3.3 years
MIS Administrator 3.2 years
Administrator 3.2 years
Network Technician 3.1 years
Network Designer 3.1 years
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Data Administrator 2.9 years
Network Architect 2.9 years
Lan/Wan Engineer 2.7 years
Network Associate 2.6 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Network Installer 2.2 years
Firewall Engineer 2.1 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Network Assistant 1.7 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 2.7%
Top Employers After
Consultant 2.9%

Network Security Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

84.4%

Female

12.7%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

72.6%

Asian

13.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.0%

Unknown

3.6%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

French

13.3%

Portuguese

6.7%

Chinese

6.7%

German

6.7%

Carrier

6.7%

Cheyenne

6.7%

Mandarin

6.7%

Arabic

6.7%
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Network Security Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.8%

Strayer University

12.3%

Community College of the Air Force

7.4%

Capella University

6.2%

University of Maryland - University College

4.9%

Oklahoma State University

4.9%

George Mason University

4.9%

Western Governors University

3.7%

Saginaw Valley State University

3.7%

Park University

3.7%

University of Houston

3.7%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.7%

Colorado Technical University

3.7%

South Dakota State University

3.7%

Bellevue University

3.7%

University of Texas at San Antonio

3.7%

The Academy

3.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.5%

Tyler Junior College

2.5%

Richland Community College

2.5%
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Majors

Computer Information Systems

16.5%

Computer Science

15.1%

Information Technology

11.3%

Computer Networking

9.3%

Business

7.2%

Computer Systems Security

6.5%

Information Systems

4.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.4%

Criminal Justice

3.4%

Management Information Systems

2.7%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Management

2.4%

Education

2.4%

Project Management

1.7%

Music

1.4%

Computer Technical Support

1.4%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Engineering

1.0%

Communication

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.5%

Other

19.5%

Masters

18.1%

Associate

14.2%

Certificate

3.7%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.8%
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Real Network Security Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Security Administrator Data Glove Inc. Princeton, NJ Nov 12, 2015 $125,000
Network Security Administrator Starpoint Solutions New York, NY May 28, 2014 $95,000
Network Security Administrator Data Glove Inc. Princeton, NJ Feb 11, 2015 $94,328
Network Security Administrator III Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Sep 03, 2015 $92,664
Network Security Administrator III Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Sep 12, 2015 $90,000
Network Security Administrator III Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Dec 13, 2014 $88,500
Network Security Administrator III Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Nov 01, 2014 $84,700
Systems Network and Security Administrator Babson College MA Mar 14, 2012 $83,845 -
$92,691
Network Security Administrator II Rackspace Us, Inc. Grapevine, TX Aug 20, 2015 $80,151
Network Security Administrator III Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Sep 12, 2012 $78,000
Network Security Administrator III Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Nov 22, 2013 $78,000
Networking & Security Administrator Aplomb Technologies, Inc. New Brunswick, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $72,000
Network Security Administrator III Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Oct 01, 2015 $71,920
Network Security Administrator Panda Express LLC. Rosemead, CA Jul 25, 2014 $71,000
Network Security Administrator I Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Dec 16, 2013 $64,000
Network Security Administrator II Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Oct 01, 2011 $63,000
Network Security Administrator II Rackspace Us, Inc. Edgewater, NJ Oct 01, 2014 $62,392
Network Security Administrator Broadax Systems, Inc. Industry, CA Sep 26, 2011 $62,213
Network Security Administrator II Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Oct 01, 2011 $62,000
Network Security Administrator II Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Nov 07, 2014 $62,000
Network and Security Administrator Union Island Corp NY Sep 23, 2016 $61,000

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Top Skills for A Network Security Administrator

Lan/WanWindowsServerNetworkSecurityRoutersHardwareSecurityPoliciesRemoteAccessActiveDirectoryCheckpointFirewallWebTcp/IpASABackupTroubleshootInternetDNSSSLVPNDisasterJuniperSetup

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Top Network Security Administrator Skills

  1. Lan/Wan
  2. Windows Server
  3. Network Security
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitored, troubleshoot, configured, and deployed LAN/WAN solution.
  • Managed Windows Server application server.
  • Retrieved data from compromised computer systems for further forensic analysis in accordance with network security policy and recovery methods.
  • Configure and manage Cisco switches/routers.
  • Analyzed software and hardware requirement for infrastructure service.

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