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Working As A 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

  • $85,205

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 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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Security Administrator Career Paths

Security Administrator
Office Administrator Staff Accountant Audit Manager
Assurance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Securities Consultant Operations Manager Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Operations Manager Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Systems Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Administrator Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Technician Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Security Officer
Security Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Administrator 3.2 years
Site Administrator 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Security Administrator
Supervisor 3.2%
Internship 3.0%
Top Careers After Security Administrator
Consultant 4.4%
Manager 3.4%

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Security Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

56.6%

Female

41.1%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

59.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

12.6%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.1%

French

6.5%

German

4.3%

Portuguese

3.2%

Chinese

3.2%

Russian

3.2%

Arabic

3.2%

Japanese

2.2%

Hindi

2.2%

Urdu

2.2%

Korean

2.2%

Italian

2.2%

Indonesian

1.1%

Irish

1.1%

Gujarati

1.1%

Dari

1.1%

Carrier

1.1%

Mandarin

1.1%
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Security Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.8%

Strayer University

9.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

9.2%

University of Maryland - University College

8.4%

Webster University

8.0%

The Academy

4.8%

Community College of the Air Force

4.4%

Capella University

3.6%

American InterContinental University

3.2%

University of Houston

3.2%

George Washington University

2.8%

Arizona State University

2.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.8%

Ohio State University

2.8%

Northern Kentucky University

2.8%

Portland State University

2.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.8%

San Jose State University

2.4%

Ashford University

2.4%

Troy University

2.4%
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Majors

Business

22.2%

Criminal Justice

13.3%

Computer Science

10.2%

Computer Information Systems

7.7%

Information Technology

7.1%

Management

3.8%

Computer Systems Security

3.5%

Accounting

3.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

Computer Networking

2.8%

Management Information Systems

2.6%

Human Resources Management

2.6%

Communication

2.5%

General Studies

2.4%

Finance

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Information Systems

2.3%

Project Management

2.1%

Psychology

2.0%

Political Science

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.7%

Other

25.2%

Masters

17.3%

Associate

12.5%

Certificate

4.2%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Real Security Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Security Administrator Delta Computer Consulting, Inc. Torrance, CA Jun 06, 2016 $166,960
Senior Security Administrator Public Storage Glendale, CA Sep 19, 2015 $165,000
Unix Security Admin Diversant LLC Fort Worth, TX Aug 21, 2014 $125,220 -
$166,960
Enterprise Application Security Administrator Wood Group Mustang, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 09, 2015 $124,800
Lead Security Administrator The Gap, Inc. San Bruno, CA Sep 28, 2010 $115,000
Security Administrator Crown Equipment Corporation New Bremen, OH Dec 13, 2016 $113,412 -
$117,600
Lead Security Administrator The Gap, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 28, 2013 $111,675 -
$147,000
Security Administrator Trustees of Boston University Boston, MA Oct 01, 2015 $109,000
Lead Security Administrator The Gap, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 28, 2012 $107,830 -
$151,000
Peoplesoft Security Administrator Comprobase Inc. New York, NY Jul 02, 2014 $105,000
Peoplesoft Security Administrator Comprobase Inc. New York, NY Jul 25, 2015 $105,000
Peoplesoft Security Administrator Comprobase Inc. New York, NY Jun 27, 2014 $105,000
Security Administrator Crown Equipment Corporation New Bremen, OH Dec 01, 2014 $102,000 -
$111,000
Security Administrator Trustees of Boston University Boston, MA Jan 03, 2011 $100,000
GTI GSO Keon Unix Security Administrator JP Morgan Chase & Co Houston, TX Jan 03, 2016 $100,000
Security Administrator Crown Equipment Corporation New Bremen, OH Aug 17, 2015 $94,640 -
$115,300
Lead Security Administrator The Gap, Inc. San Bruno, CA May 28, 2010 $92,300 -
$147,700
Security/Splunk Administrator University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN Oct 31, 2016 $92,000
Security Administrator The Chamberlain Group, Inc. Elmhurst, IL Apr 25, 2011 $91,166 -
$95,000
Security Administrator Randstad Technologies, LP Richardson, TX Dec 08, 2014 $85,000
Web Hosting Security Administrator Assurant Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 03, 2011 $85,000
Security Administrator Susquehanna International Group, LLP PA Jun 15, 2016 $76,300 -
$87,000
Security Administrator Crown Equipment Corporation New Bremen, OH Apr 27, 2015 $75,400 -
$113,100
RSA Archer/Security Administrator IQ Systems, Inc. Iselin, NJ Sep 15, 2016 $75,000
Security Administrator IBM India Private Limited Phoenix, AZ Jan 10, 2014 $73,965 -
$74,730
Security Administrator IBM India Pvt. Ltd. Phoenix, AZ Oct 25, 2011 $72,908
Security Administrator IBM India Pvt. Ltd. Phoenix, AZ Nov 10, 2011 $72,908
Security Administrator IBM India Pvt. Ltd. Phoenix, AZ Dec 02, 2011 $72,908
Security Administrator IBM India Private Limited Phoenix, AZ May 16, 2012 $72,908

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Top Skills for A Security Administrator

  1. Security Procedures
  2. Security Personnel
  3. Network Security
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  • Review violations of computer security procedures and discuss procedures with violators to ensure violations are not repeated.
  • Maintained the storage of employee confidential records and notifications of personnel actions with security personnel.
  • Worked closely with network designers and network security professionals supporting solutions for Philips Network.
  • Reviewed Joint Personnel Adjudication System daily to determine if candidate received an interim clearance.
  • Audit classified Linux/Unix, Windows 2003, 2008 servers, Windows XP and 7 machines on weekly basis.

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  4. District of Columbia
  5. Connecticut
  6. Texas
  7. Rhode Island
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