Security Administrator Jobs

What is a security administrator?

A security administrator is often an entry-level position with broad responsibilities across an organisation’s cyber security team. Most likely, you will be involved in installing, administering and supporting your organisation’s cyber security solutions.

You will work as part of the organisation’s team in the day-to-day monitoring and upkeep of the security systems. Some employers will expect you to use your technical ability for tasks like monitoring and troubleshooting where some employers may expect more in-depth skill to support a smaller team.

What does a network security administrator do?

You will be required to perform vulnerability assessments as well as respond to threats as and when they occur. You will also likely be expected to support the implementation of new solutions to any vulnerabilities identified during your assessment.

Some other typical activities include:

  • Monitor network traffic

You will be expected to review the daily network traffic and pick up on any unusual activities or unauthorised access attempts, responding accordingly.

  • Network management and reporting

You will also be responsible for the everyday management of the network, including the wide area and local area networks (WAN, LAN) and the virtual private network (VPN). This will include initial threat response and regular reporting which will be passed on to senior members of the team.

  • Assisting with the introduction of new protocols or strategies across the company

You will be expected to assist with implementing new systems across the company, which can also involve supporting in training staff and raising awareness.

  • Live fixing and updating

As the security administrator, you will likely be tasked with working on updates, upgrades, patches and fixes to help support the security of the business.

  • Disaster recovery

Should your organisation experience a breach or intrusion, you will need to follow the disaster recovery protocols to help mitigate the damage, identify the problem and work on the solution.

What’s the difference between a security administrator and a security analyst?

Security admin is a role which is responsible for the regular running of the system, including updates, tackling problems and inducting new users. Security analyst, on the other hand, is a role more focused on analysing data to identify issues and then making recommendations based on this analysis.

What is the average salary of a security administrator?

This is a broad title which can vary in expected experience. In the UK, a security administrator is a common entry-level, graduate role and resultantly the average UK salary for a security administrator on https://www.payscale.com is £25,000, with the lowest 10 percentile earning £16,000. In the US, however, a security systems administrator can be a role expecting 5+ year’s experience. Because of this, PayScale reports the average US salary as $57,000, with the lower 10% percentile earning $39,000.

What qualifications/experience do I need?

This will vary widely depending on the company you are applying for. Typically, employers will expect you to have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, mathematics or another related field. However, this is not always the case and candidates with a good level of evidential experience in cyber security will also have a good chance.

Some professional qualifications you might want to consider working towards include CompTIA’s base-level certificate, Security+ and the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

How do I become an information security administrator?

As an entry-level position, showing employers that you have practical skills beyond work completed in higher education will give you a good edge in your job search. Additionally, experience with a number of coding languages, operating systems and cyber security tools will show that you have the skills, experience and dedication to perform well in the role.

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