Network administrators, a career keeping people connected
Monday, April 6, 2020
Written by: Emily Hollingshead
The importance of our online connection has never been so apparent as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has sent the bulk of the population indoors. We log on to our computers to work remotely, chat with loved ones and seek entertainment. “We take for granted that when we fire up our phones and computers that we can get to our email or Facebook,” said Seminole State College of Florida Professor of Networking Dr. Adam Stark. In fact, we have network administrators to thank for keeping the world connected when we need it most.
What do network administrators do?
Network administrators are responsible for the computer systems that are integral to almost every organization. From working in server rooms, configuring devices and troubleshooting problems, no two days are alike for this profession. “What most people don’t know is that during times when everything is working properly, we are still working,” said Stark. “We are constantly trying to think of what is next. What is going to improve our infrastructure to make it better, faster and cheaper.” Depending on the size of the company they work for, network administrators can be involved in everything from purchasing equipment to system updates and improvements.
Where do network administrators work?
Network administrators do not have the desk job you imagine. Any day they can go from working remotely, to setting up computers across the company, to even checking physical connections outdoors. If the work they are doing may interrupt a core service of the company, network administrators will work non-traditional hours to disrupt the least amount of people possible.
How do network administrators maintain and protect computer networks?
Computer networks are maintained by making sure the hardware and software are up to date, which requires network administrators to continue their education and stay on top of industry knowledge. “In this field, as soon as we write the textbooks they are out of date,” said Stark. To keep the system secure, network administrators must keep up with the latest trends attackers use, while also educating their client base to keep their information secure and avoid questionable sites and links that may put the system in danger.
How do I become a network administrator?
Being detail-oriented and organized are excellent qualities of network administrators as they set up computer systems and troubleshoot problems. Seminole State’s networking technologies department offers several certification courses and Associate in Science degrees that can lead into the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology. Starting Fall 2020, Seminole State is one of the first schools in the nation to partner with Attivo Networks® to incorporate threat deception instruction into their cybersecurity specialization.
To learn more about networking technologies, visit seminolestate.edu/net.
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