Guidelines for the Responsibilities of a Systems Administrator

 

The following guidelines outline responsibilities of systems administrators

  • Provide multi platform systems programming and advanced information security skills
    • Technical
    • Planning
    • Operational
  • Security operations
    • Ensure the security and integrity of any equipment attached to the Stevens network
      • Server
      • Workstations
      • LAN
      • Recommend additional security software as needed
    • Scans will be done by Information Technology; systems administrator will assist with information and help as needed
    • Resolve issues and vulnerabilities found on University scans
  • Back-up and recovery for critical data
  • Server back-up
  • User support
  • Network monitoring
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Standard security settings
    • Default account settings
    • Password control
    • System monitoring
    • Data integrity
    • Data confidentiality
    • Host based firewalls
  • Periodic verification of security settings
  • Tape Backup Operations
    • Ensure backups are successful
    • Provide for a tape rotation schedule and change tape according to process
    • Store tapes in an appropriate “safe place” or off-site
    • Tape media should be replaced no less than once a year
    • Tapes should be clearly marked
  • Virus protection
    • Ensure virus protection software is operational and current on servers and workstations
    • Discovered viruses should be reported to the departmental support person and/or Stevens Help Desk immediately