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Exploring what makes system administrators so important

NNSA depends on its computer systems and networks every day to accomplish its vital national security missions. The system administrators protect and maintain those networks and systems day in and day out, while also participating in the proactive detection, analysis, and mitigation of cybersecurity threats and incidents.

A system administrator’s main focus is to protect information assets on NNSA networks and systems. The system administrator is responsible for the upkeep, configuration, and reliable operation of computer systems, especially multi-user computers like servers.

It’s also important for the system administrator to ensure that the performance, resources, and security of NNSA computers effectively meets the needs of those employees using them. To meet these needs, a system administrator may acquire, install, or upgrade computer components and software; provide routine automation; maintain security policies; troubleshoot; train or supervise staff; or offer technical support for projects.

At NNSA, system administrators face a diverse range of tasks each day, but they consistently rise to the challenge. Their skills are put to use supporting intitatives that can have enormous impacts for national security.

For anyone desiring to enter the field, they should be comfortable with change. Technology is constantly evolving and system administartors must be able to adapt to new circumstances or ways of thinking. Previous solutions may not work the second time or an even better solution may be possible.