What Is an Information Security Administrator?
Information security administrators are responsible for all security protocols related to an organization's information infrastructure. They work with network administrators to track down security vulnerabilities in the information sharing network to ensure that such weaknesses in the system are addressed and remedied efficiently. Administrators work continuously on security measures and applications designed to mitigate the risk of malicious intrusion into the network's information sharing structure and internet file sharing. They monitor and upgrade malware, anti-trojan, and virus detection applications; conduct analysis on the information sharing structure; and test for security vulnerabilities. Administrators research new anti-intrusion applications and test their efficacy against the network's and organization's security protocols and requirements. Administrators in information security create and implement policies, protocols, and procedures, and they create and present reports based on risk analysis of the information sharing network.
Security administrators provide access to clients using applications such as Microsoft SharePoint. SharePoint is a web-based application that allows document and other file sharing over a secure network. Varying levels of access are assigned and established based upon specific needs of various end-users. For users that request restricted information, information security administrators coordinate with management to ensure proper and safe access. Information security administrators work to ensure that an organization's information sharing infrastructure meets established compliances and regulations such as HIPAA, SOX, and ISO.
|Educational Requirements||Bachelor's degree|
|Job Skills||Expertise in information security standards and frameworks, strong problem solving, excellent communication skills, excellent knowledge in relational databases, experience in Windows and UNIX operating systems, strong verbal and oral communication skills|
|Median Salary (2019)*||$66,852|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)**||11% (database administrators)|
Sources: *Payscale.com **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Information security administrators need a bachelor's degree. Employers commonly require the bachelor's degree to be in a business- or information technology-related field. Prior work experience is required in designing and implementing security controls. Knowledge of a programming language, such as PERL, C, Python, Ruby, etc., is usually preferred by prospective employers.
Information security administrators need strong problem-solving skills because they must address any malicious intrusions into the information sharing infrastructure and address problems that could adversely affect the network in a timely manner. They need expertise in all types of network security applications, protocols, and procedures because they implement and monitor detection and prevention measures to protect the organization's information sharing initiative as well as the secure and safe access and use of data by end users. Because networks utilize a number of different platforms for efficient integration of network operation and data sharing and retrieval, administrators require an excellent working knowledge of UNIX, Windows, and other operating system platforms. Administrators need a thorough understanding of established security and data sharing standards, such as SOX, HIPAA, and ISO, to ensure organizational compliance.
Career Outlook and Salary
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported an expected 11% job growth rate between 2016 and 2026 for all database administrators. The BLS reported that this rate is faster than average compared to all other occupations, and part of this growth could be attributed to an increase in data requirements for companies in all sectors. Payscale.com reported that in May 2019, the median salary for information security administrators was $66,852.
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