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What is a Database Administrator?

A Database Administrator administers databases and/or data management systems that allow for the secure storage, query, protection, and utilization of data.

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Core competencies of Database Administrator

  • Vulnerability Management
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Information Assurance
  • Software Development
  • Data Administration
  • Network Management
  • Forensics Analysis
  • Data Management
  • Security Policy
  • Cryptography

Database Administrator must know:

  • computer networking concepts and protocols, and network security methodologies.
  • risk management processes (e.g., methods for assessing and mitigating risk).
  • laws, regulations, policies, and ethics as they relate to cybersecurity and privacy.
  • cybersecurity and privacy principles.
  • cyber threats and vulnerabilities.
  • specific operational impacts of cybersecurity lapses.
  • data administration and data standardization policies.
  • data backup and recovery.
  • data mining and data warehousing principles.
  • database management systems, query languages, table relationships, and views.
  • digital rights management.
  • enterprise messaging systems and associated software.
  • network access, identity, and access management (e.g., public key infrastructure, Oauth, OpenID, SAML, SPML).
  • operating systems.
  • policy-based and risk adaptive access controls.
  • query languages such as SQL (structured query language).
  • sources, characteristics, and uses of the organization’s data assets.
  • the characteristics of physical and virtual data storage media.
  • database access application programming interfaces (e.g., Java Database Connectivity [JDBC]).
  • Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data security standards.
  • Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security standards.
  • Personal Health Information (PHI) data security standards.
  • current and emerging data encryption (e.g., Column and
  • Tablespace Encryption, file and disk encryption) security features in databases (e.g. built-in cryptographic key management features).
  • current and emerging data remediation security features in databases.
  • an organization’s information classification program and procedures for information compromise.
  • database theory.

Key skills of the Database Administrator include:

  • allocating storage capacity in the design of data management systems.
  • conducting queries and developing algorithms to analyze data structures.
  • generating queries and reports.
  • maintaining databases. (i.e., backup, restore, delete data, transaction log files, etc.).
  • optimizing database performance.

Database Administratormust be to:

  • maintain databases. (i.e., backup, restore, delete data, transaction log files, etc.

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