A Day in the Life in Computer Networking and Security

See if you have what it takes to play this essential role on an IT team

From designing and setting up secure networks to emergency recovery plans, a computer network and security role carries a lot of responsibilities. Setting up, maintaining, and managing a secure and fast network is essential in today’s climate, in which many companies now rely so heavily on technology to run their businesses. This position requires being able to solve technical issues quickly, so that your client or employer’s business is not compromised. Sound exciting?

Before you consider career training in this profession, it’s wise to do enough research to determine if the work environment and responsibilities are a good career fit for you. Here is a run-down of some of the basics to give you an overview:

Basic duties

Every day, computer networking and security specialists are working diligently behind the scenes to ensure that businesses function securely and safely. It will be your responsibility to minimize down-time, recover and resolve network problems, and ensure that there are no security breaches or disruptions. Depending on the size and scope of the company where you work, you may be responsible for multiple networks across several different locations.

Day-to-day tasks for Computer Networking and Security Specialists

Every company will have unique needs, and their network requirements will be different, but general daily tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • planning and implementing systems security requirements for your networks
  • maintaining networking equipment and purchasing new equipment
  • testing system vulnerabilities
  • defending the systems network against hackers and other unauthorized access
  • monitoring system reports, to identify any abnormalities or unsanctioned violations
  • assessing ongoing operational security and new security risks
  • monitoring ongoing network performance, as well as troubleshooting and repair
  • expanding network infrastructure as the company’s needs grow and change
  • developing a disaster/back-up recovery plan for network emergency
  • configuring firewalls, anti-virus software, and other patch management systems
  • integrating mobile devices into the organization’s networks

Hours and work environment

The skills of a computer networking manager and security specialist can lead to work for any number of different companies. You may choose to work in-house for a larger firm or for a specialist company that provides networking management support to a range of clients.

Most computer networking management jobs will be full-time and, depending on the company, you may work in shifts or be on call outside of normal work hours to resolve network problems. Also, you may need to perform major network upgrades or installation of new systems late at night and/or during the weekends, to minimize any disruption to the user.

If this career is intriguing to you, read about 5 reasons to consider a career in Computer Networking and Security. At Branford Hall, we offer a variety of courses that cover topics you’ll need to get started—from the basics of supporting computers and the foundations of networking administration and security to the art of network defense and “ethical hacking.”

This post is part the weekly blog of Branford Hall Career Institute. We offer a range of professional training programs at our eleven campuses in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey. Get in touch today for more information on how we can help you start your new career!