On this episode of the CyberSpeak with InfoSec Institute podcast, instructor Elias Papatestas, who has extensive history in the IT industry dating back to the 1980s and currently works as a trainer and consultant, discusses the path to becoming a network admin.

In the podcast, Papatestas and host Chris Sienko discuss:

  • What drew you to networking and keeps you excited about it? (1:40)
  • What are the jobs you’ll do from entry-level to network admin? (3:30)
  • Do network admins work on nuts-and-bolts issues or do they work more closely with the C-suite? (6:00)
  • What are the most interesting parts of the job? (7:30)
  • What new skills do you need to become a network admin? (11:05)
  • What’s the certification track for a network admin? (13:35)
  • How important are certifications vs. hands-on experience in the interview process? (15:25)
  • What is the work culture and hours like for a network admin? (17:35)
  • Are network admins more self-directed, or how do they fit into the corporate structure? (19:25)
  • What are some common mistakes people make? (20:50)
  • What steps can someone immediately take to help move closer to a network admin position? (24:45)
  • Are there new technologies or skills aspiring network admins should be aware of? (29:00)
  • Any final tips or words of encouragement? (31:15)

The InfoSec Institute IT security career series aims to break down the path from security newcomer to an elite security practitioner. View our collection of resources on networking and network administration: https://www2.infosecinstitute.com/network-admin

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