In this video, Marc Menninger describes key roles and functions performed by IT security administrators. Discover which skills and certifications IT security administrators are expected to have. Learn how many years of experience and other requirements you'll need to qualify for this high-demand IT security job.
- [Instructor] IT security administrators configure and support security systems such as firewalls, anti-malware software, and patch management systems. They also manually administer user rights to systems to ensure only authorized people can access them. In addition to IT security administrator, common job titles include Systems security administrator, Network security administrator, and Information security administrator. As their title says, IT security administrators need solid Windows, Unix, or Linux operating systems administration skills.
And because they must analyze and implement network application and data security, IT security administrators must understand common protocols such as TCP/IP, SSL, TLS, HTTP, DNS, SMTP and IPsec. IT security administrators are also expected to monitor network traffic for unusual activity. So familiarity with packet analysis tools and how they work is a frequently desired skill among employers. Other skills that are often required include a strong understanding of firewall technologies plus excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
IT security administrator jobs aren't typically entry level positions. Most job postings will require a minimum of one to two years of IT experience and at least one year of security administration experience or equivalent. Almost every administrator role will require a Bachelor's degree in a related field. This means an IT field such as Computer Information Systems degree. Other technical degrees may also be accepted. You'll also be expected to have technical hands on experience with security and networking technologies such as identity and access management, firewalls, VPNs, IDS/IPS, TCP/IP, computer networking, routing and switching, security information and event management systems, vulnerability management practices, network scanning tools, and more.
Frequently desired certifications for IT security administrators include Security+, CCNA, ENSA, CISSP, and CISM. IT security administrator roles are great for security professionals who want to use their in-depth knowledge of security systems and access management to help protect organizations.
Marc closes with a few pieces of career advice specific to the world of information security, which will help you succeed in this dynamic and high-demand industry.
- IT security key concepts
- Understanding the job marketplace (government vs. healthcare, etc.)
- IT security success traits
- Career specializations
- IT security certifications
- Getting experience
- Marketing yourself