Overview

A systems administrator (sysadmin) is an individual responsible for maintaining a multi-user computing system. Typical duties include: setting up user accounts; installing software (sometimes available system-wide); allocating storage space to user accounts; and patching software. The following information sources have been compiled to assist Systems Administrators at Mason with their security duties.

Before Connecting a Server to the Mason Network

A systems administrator (sysadmin) is an individual responsible for maintaining a multi-user computing system. Typical duties include: setting up user accounts; installing software (sometimes available system wide); allocating storage space to user accounts; and patching software. The following information sources have been compiled to assist Systems Administrators at Mason with their security duties.

After Registering & Connecting

  • Monitor your log files at least daily.
  • Backup important data.
  • Ensure that only authorized individuals have access to your systems.
  • Limit your use of admin privileges; only use when necessary.
  • Know what steps to take if you suspect a security incident.
  • Follow the trends and stay current with latest threats and updates.
  • Configure system settings to close unused ports and unused system accounts. Deny access to known bad sites.
  • Develop a recovery plan in the event you are on vacation and the hardware fails, your system gets hacked, or something 'just happens.'
  • Maintain professional development: develop a plan with your supervisor. Attend classes, seminars, conferences, and workshops; use Mason's license with SkillPort to take online courses - anytime, anywhere.

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