SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR RESOURCES
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.
Setting up a server on the Mason network
- Join Mason's Systems Administrators Leadership Team (SALT) listserv and attend meetings.
- Understand your job responsibilities by reviewing the Responsible Use of Computing Policy.
- Register your computer if you need a Public Internet Address.
- Before connecting your server to the Internet, make sure you have installed the latest patches. Verify that all ports and services that are not needed are disabled or closed.
- Before connecting to the network, remediate against the Top Cyber Security Risks.
- Create strong, hard to break passwords, for administrative account and user accounts.
- Do not use the same password for multiple devices.
- Configure system to create logfiles.
- Physically secure your computer(s).
After Registering and 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.
Guidelines, Tips, and Checklists
Discussion Groups / Other Resources
Wireless and Wired Networks
Operating System Security Sites