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Working As A Network Security Officer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $71,848

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Security Officer 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 Officer

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 Operator 3.0 years
Network Associate 2.7 years
Network Assistant 1.8 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Careers Before Network Security Officer
Instructor 6.3%
Specialist 5.2%
Internship 3.1%
Server 3.1%
Top Careers After Network Security Officer
Consultant 5.7%
Manager 5.7%
Officer 5.7%
Engineer 4.6%

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Network Security Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

80.0%

Female

19.4%

Unknown

0.6%
Ethnicity

White

57.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.6%

Black or African American

14.1%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

21.4%

German

14.3%

Carrier

14.3%

Danish

7.1%

Portuguese

7.1%

French

7.1%

Dari

7.1%

Persian

7.1%

Cheyenne

7.1%

Urdu

7.1%
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Network Security Officer Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

13.5%

Ithaca College

5.4%

Western Governors University

5.4%

Liberty University

5.4%

Webster University

5.4%

Naval Postgraduate School

5.4%

University of Missouri - Kansas City

5.4%

Colorado Technical University

5.4%

University of Phoenix

5.4%

Capella University

5.4%

Northeastern University

5.4%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.4%

Ashford University

5.4%

George Mason University

5.4%

Syracuse University

2.7%

University of Scranton

2.7%

Baker University

2.7%

Grays Harbor College

2.7%

State University of New York College of Technology at Canton

2.7%

Illinois State University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

21.5%

Information Technology

11.6%

Computer Information Systems

11.6%

Computer Science

8.3%

Computer Systems Security

5.8%

Computer Networking

5.8%

Electrical Engineering

5.0%

Management Information Systems

3.3%

General Studies

3.3%

Information Systems

3.3%

Criminal Justice

3.3%

Management

2.5%

Psychology

2.5%

Marketing

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Engineering

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.7%

Kinesiology

1.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.7%

Physics

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.5%

Masters

26.5%

Other

18.7%

Associate

14.8%

Doctorate

1.9%

Certificate

1.3%

License

0.6%

Diploma

0.6%
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Top Skills for A Network Security Officer

  1. Network Security
  2. Servers
  3. Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reviewed network configuration change proposals for compliance with information system and network security directives, and local policies.
  • Monitored software package installations on client workstations and file servers while tracking system updates through Microsoft Access Database.
  • Authored DITSCAP/Certification and Accreditation procedures and security policies in support of DoD regulatory compliance.
  • Developed Information Assurance awareness and training programs to ensure information assurance readiness.
  • Experienced on Windows XP/Vista, Windows Storage Server, Windows Media Server, Active Directory and Exchange Server 5/5.5.

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