The Backbone of the Tech Industry – Celebrating SysAdminDay 2022

Did you know, today marks the 23rd annual System Administrator Appreciation Day, a special day to commemorate the professionals who work nonstop in continuing to power our virtual world.

System Administrators, shortened to Sysadmins, are an indispensable part of business operations. These IT professionals work to proactively identify and troubleshoot IT issues to ensure quality solutions for the end-user. Their expertise and guidance stems way beyond just monitoring and installing IT infrastructures. Sysadmins uphold a variety of roles from designing technical controls, providing visibility of data stacks and sustaining private legislation compliance. Ultimately, these professionals are the true ‘unsung heroes’ of the workplace.

Without the invaluable support of system administrators, IT Infrastructure would crumble. SysAdminDay provides an opportunity for businesses and its leaders to show their sincere gratitude for those who are dedicated to promoting safe and secure practices within the modern digital business world.

To commemorate this special day, several tech leaders have gathered to discuss the invaluable role Sysadmins play within their business and to demonstrate support year round. Read below for their commentary and insights.

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Christopher Rogers, technology evangelist at Zerto, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

“SysAdmins are invaluable when it comes to keeping any business running. At its core, the role of a SysAdmin is to keep your business online—a much more complex and challenging task than it sounds. From maintaining network and computer systems, to overcoming IT disasters, such as major weather incidents or cyber attacks, no business would function if it wasn’t for the vital work of its SysAdmins.

One of the best ways we can help our SysAdmins in their day-to-day tasks is to provide them with all the necessary tools and disaster recovery solutions that allow them to tackle and overcome disasters quickly and with ease. Organizations looking to support their SysAdmins should ensure that they are spending and investing enough on resilient infrastructure—across backup, disaster recovery and cloud mobility. The process of protecting your data by creating an extra copy is one thing, but organizations need a disaster recovery plan that focuses on limiting downtime and restoring operations in minutes or seconds, not days or weeks.

By implementing adequate infrastructure, organizations will free up their SysAdmins to focus on building and managing systems for always-on and agile services, rather than constantly fighting to get the systems back online.”

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Chris Walker, Stratusphere Subject Matter Expert, Liquidware

“I work with SysAdmins from many companies. I help them optimize their environment and it is amazing how many of them know their users on a first name basis.

I live by many rules and one of them is, “None of my users should know my name”. If I’m talking to them on a daily or weekly basis then I have not done my job correctly or the company has not acquired the correct technology for the users to do their job.
I’m not trying to be a doom and gloom guy but IT is a cost center for most companies. They don’t make money on IT equipment or people.

Our job as IT professionals is to provide the best user experience so they can make the company money and stay in business.

Always advocate for your users the best technology.

FYI: Rule #1 – As long as I take care of my clients I will always have a job.

FYI: Rule #2 – If you enjoy your job you will never work a day in your life.

SysAdmins  – Be Nice, Be Kind but always remember that USER is a 4 letter word. 😊”

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Cassius Rhue, VP, Customer Experience, SIOS Technology

“With the complexity of modern infrastructures growing, concerns about the ability to meet 99.99% service-level agreements (SLAs) for essential applications prompt companies to implement sophisticated, application-aware, high-availability, and disaster recovery solutions.

For example, major database and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, such as Oracle, SAP S/4HANA, and SQL Server, have become so relied upon that even brief downtime for these systems is costly.

They are running in increasingly complex environments, prompting more companies to expect their SysAdmins to have deep, application-specific experience in implementing uptime protection for these important systems. Today’s SysAdmins must juggle more layers of complexity and develop skillsets across the widest possible range of systems, applications and infrastructure from cloud, hybrid cloud and on premise. Today, we take a moment to celebrate SysAdmins and their contributions to keeping businesses up and running.”

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Yoni Avital, Co-Founder and CPO, ControlUp

“It feels like not so long ago, I was a SysAdmin myself, so I know how hard they work and how integral they are to keeping the work from anywhere world turning. Now, with the world’s workforce logging in from countless remote locations, from countless different devices with countless configurations, the role of the SysAdmin has gotten exponentially more complicated. And yet, they make it work. The SysAdmins of the world keep the rest of us working and productive (no matter where we are), and they deserve our thanks. Three cheers for SysAdmins!”

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Chiara Regale, VP of Product Management, Forward Networks

“SysAdmins are the backbone of organizations, yet they are simultaneously the most underappreciated heroes. They work unpredictable and often undesirable hours, answer countless “Hey, let me Google that for you” questions, and always come to the rescue when needed. Without them, it would be impossible to transact business.

Forward Networks salutes SysAdmins today and every day.”

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Brian Knudtson, Director of Cloud Market Intelligence at iland, an 11:11 Systems Company.

“Did you install that patch? What’s the latest on that project? This user is having a problem logging in, can you fix it? Why did the accounting server disappear from our network monitoring? Did you see that alert? What about that other alert? There’s how many other alerts?

It’s not an easy job these days. In fact, being a systems administrator is a job that gets more complex and busy every day. Some of you cover more bases than we could’ve ever imagined 20 years ago. Odds are, your company isn’t going to do anything for you today, because SysAdmin Day isn’t any sort of recognized holiday, but do know you’re seen by the rest of us who know what it takes to keep the lights on (literally, if we’re talking about blinkenlights). Treat your fellow admins to an extra fist bump today, because we all deserve it after the last few years. Happy SysAdmin Day 2022!”

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Kevin Sparenberg, Senior Product Marketing Manager, SolarWinds

“Happy SysAdmin Day! The response today is ‘Whoa-oh!’

You all know how it goes: you do the tireless work for 364 days of the year, but today is your day.  If you’ve been living your best life on a sunny beach somewhere (or potentially avoiding the UV rays under a pile of tickets), we’re here to celebrate you – those tireless IT Professionals who give their all for your organizations.

Whether you are an IT staff of one, a member of tight, but integral team, or one of countless colleagues spanning the planet, this is your day – and we want you to make the most of it.

Long story short: we appreciate you!”

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Ken Barth, CEO, Catalogic Software

“SysAdmins are the gurus behind the scenes that keep us moving ahead. Home or business, keeping our lives in synch starts and stops with these hardworking folks.  Ransomware, phishing attacks, viruses—cloud migrations, software/hardware updates, infrastructure architecture, website accessibility…want me to go on!!

SysAdmins are constantly on the move in an always learning profession to keep us protected and our businesses/home lives running smoothly.”

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Simon Townsend, CMO, IGEL

“It could be argued that for some time, SysAdmins have been the unsung heroes of IT, sitting in the basement of IT and not always visible, yet ensuring the rest of us could work. However, in recent years the SysAdmin has become known to many. They are now the superstar of IT that everyone greets on Teams. SysAdmins are the ones who helped us work from home. The ones that helped us access not just our own networks and apps, but those in the cloud. The ones who deliver secure hybrid work.”

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Veniamin Simonov, Director of Product Management, NAKIVO

“The last couple of years were, in fact, a wild ride for sysadmins. With all the new challenges presented by ransomware, cyber warfare and whatever is waiting around the corner, all while keeping up to date with the latest tech and having to adapt to their ever-evolving roles.

Still, it feels both challenging and rewarding to be at the heart of an organization’s security and operational continuity. Here at NAKIVO, we continue to work on making our data protection solution less challenging and more rewarding for sysadmins. Every new release refines data protection functionality, offering sysadmins elegant solutions to problems instead of wasting time on routine tasks. On behalf of the staff at NAKIVO, I’d like to thank all sysadmins out there who help keep the world moving forward.”

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Subbiah Sundaram, SVP Products, HYCU, Inc.

“As technologies evolve and as business become more dependent on technology to drive innovation and growth, the importance IT plays in every organization just has gotten more critical. Be it on-prem, private cloud or public cloud, the one role that continues to be a constant throughout is that of the Systems Administrator. Whether it be protecting critical infrastructure, restoring from a ransomware attack, migrating critical workloads from on-premises to public clouds or just making sure the copier works when you need to print an important file, you can’t take what any SysAdmin does for granted. While we celebrate today, one of the most important days in IT, to recognize and celebrate the role of the SysAdmin, they deserve our recognition and gratitude every day of the year, not just the final Friday of July.

Let’s all do our part! Take time out of our busy day today to at a minimum say, “Thank You.” Their tireless energy, effort and dedication is incredibly important. To all the SysAdmins out there, including those that wear those shoes on occasion and fill in as SysAdmins, enjoy your day. You all deserve it.”

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Rick Vanover, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Veeam

“SysAdmin Day is Friday, July 29, and celebrations recognizing this ‘holiday’ are becoming more popular. A tweet from nine years ago confirms the importance and celebration when a user restored a file and an end-user brought them a cake – true story!  René Bos on Twitter: “Received a pie for restoring files in no-time for a colleague using #Veeam B&R! Get your piece now!

In all seriousness, SysAdmin Day has evolved alongside our technology journeys. Users will be users, and they need various levels of help to get things done. In recent years, the SysAdmin role has incorporated new offerings like the cloud, software-as-a-service and new application types such as Kubernetes. But at the same time, there are emerging threats, such as ransomware. The SysAdmin is a critical part of all of this, from application architects and developers to cybersecurity teams to manage critical response. SysAdmins are crucial players in the upkeep, configuration, and operation of these systems, aligning user needs with company performance, budget, resources, and security. Amid rapid and continuous change, proliferating cyberattacks and rampant innovation, what will the future of the SysAdmin role look like? Some believe modern technology, like the cloud, means SysAdmins are a part of the legacy system – irrelevant, obsolete, and a potential liability to system performance.

I personally think the future is bright. Many SysAdmins are evolving to pivot from hardware to services delivery and software, increasing opportunities for collaboration and merging with advanced tech tools for a different, elevated way of getting things done (think a shift from on-premises to cloud for service delivery). SysAdmins have an opportunity to lead the way of digital transformation by helping organizations save time and money, be more efficient, and most of all, be resilient against the many threats against technology today.”

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Andy Syrewicze, Tech Evangelist at Hornetsecurity

“Hard to believe another year has gone by since the last SysAdmin day. While it’s a good day to celebrate the AWESOME work Sys Admins all around the world do on a daily basis, it’s also a good time to discuss the challenges we face as well. This year, it’s all about security. While security is certainly an “every year topic”, it is even more so this year. I think it’s becoming clear that SysAdmins are increasingly being asked to not only pivot focus into security, but entire careers are being pulled into SysOps as well, and it’s not hard to see why.

We’ve been “moving to the cloud” for years now (a decade now for some). The pandemic accelerated this. With those changes came added complexities. Add to that, in the rush to accommodate work from home, a lot of that new complex infrastructure was deployed in a less than stellar way and to quote Baron Mordo from Doctor Strange….  “The Bill. Comes. Due.”

SysAdmins will continue to step up to secure and maintain their organizations, no doubt. That said, it’s also good to take some time to do some proper security training. Identify the core platforms your organization uses or should use. Look for resources on how to properly secure those platforms. Learn as much about it as you can, and work with trusted third-party security vendors to help close your gaps.

Doing this, let’s continue to show the world how awesome SysAdmins are, and we’ll all celebrate being more secure in the coming year!”

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Brian Martynowicz, Senior Director, Sales Engineering, LoginVSI

“I would like to take a moment to show gratitude to the many men and women who are resolving our often frustrating, and work stopping computer issues.  They are the very foundation of our ability to stay cutting edge, and competitive in this time of constant change and adaption in IT.  It’s worth noting that I started my career as a System Administrator in 2002, and I have a thorough understanding of what the life of one is like.  This gives me all the more appreciation for largely unrecognized yet none the less vital activities.  So I’ll close with a hearty thank you for all that you do.  For those that are not in the system administrator profession remember please treat them with the kindness and patience they deserve, they are here to help.”

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Don Boxley, CEO and Co-Founder, DH2i“There are numerous reasons to appreciate your System Administrator (SysAdmin). For instance, one of the most challenging aspects about working with technology is oftentimes not so much the technology itself, but rather the relationship between the technology and the people who use it. It is our SysAdmins who are invariably responsible for making sure that employees can use technology in an efficient, productive and safe manner.

This could certainly be seen during the start of the pandemic, when people were first sent home virtually overnight to work. Many organizations were forced to depend upon their virtual private networks (VPNs) for network access and security and then learned the hard way that VPNs were not up to the task. Savvy SysAdmins however recognized that VPNs simply were not designed or intended for the way we work today. They saw that external and internal bad actors could and were exploiting inherent vulnerabilities in VPNs. Instead, forward-looking SysAdmins saw there was an answer to the VPN dilemma. It was and still is an innovative and highly reliable approach to networking connectivity – the Software Defined Perimeter (SDP). This approach enables organizations to build a secure software-defined perimeter and use Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) tunnels to seamlessly connect all applications, servers, IoT devices, and users behind any symmetric network address translation (NAT) to any full cone NAT: without having to reconfigure networks or set up complicated and problematic VPNs. With SDP, SysAdmins can ensure safe, fast and easy network and data access.

This is of course just one example of countless reasons to appreciate your System Administrator.

Bottomline, our SysAdmins play a vital role in ensuring our workforce can leverage technology to help our organizations succeed at the agile and accelerated pace business now demands. So, why don’t you show your SysAdmin deserved acknowledgement on System Administrator Appreciation Day, and even better yet – all year long!”

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Richard Orange, Vice President EMEA at Exabeam

“The role of the SysAdmin goes far beyond simply ‘keeping the lights on’. From designing and building technical controls, ensuring visibility and security over sensitive data, to maintaining the company’s compliance with GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, and other privacy legislation, without the work of our SysAdmin heroes, modern digital businesses would be far from functional. What’s more, their job is getting harder every year.

Challenges now facing SysAdmins include supporting a geographically diverse workforce, while contending with an ever-expanding attack surface and diminishing distinguishable corporate perimeter. And, as organizations become increasingly cloud-focused, SysAdmins are doing a huge amount of the heavy lifting when it comes to migration. Accelerated cloud adoption is also removing some of the previous security controls inherent in provisioning on-premise infrastructure, causing further complexities for our SysAdmins.

Bandwidth, as is so often the case, is now the primary challenge for SysAdmins. We know that without them, any business would cease to operate effectively. We need to be doing everything we can to support them in their role. Even simple practical steps like proper cybersecurity training for all employees and providing the correct, up-to-date tools that can make the world of difference. Going forward, automation will be crucial – helping SysAdmin’s prioritize and automate their tasks wherever possible will be the key to their continued success.”

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Terry Storrar, Managing Director, Leaseweb UK

“It’s well known in the IT industry that SysAdmins are the backbone of the organisation. These professionals maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot office systems, internal networks, firewalls, and routers, to guarantee reliability and quality for end-users. Without their hard work, businesses would quite literally fall to their knees.

At Leaseweb Global, we know the invaluable work SysAdmins do for our organization. In fact, for two weeks each month, every SysAdmin is available on 24-hour call. No matter the day or time, when an issue arises at Leaseweb Global, a skilled sysadmin is quickly available to deal with it.

SysAdmins not only have to contend with day-to-day tasks, they also have to be crisis managers in the event of a natural disaster or cyber attack. In addition to this, they also have to keep up with the latest IT trends, home working and introduction of BYOD – no mean feat by anyone’s standards. When it comes to multitasking and wearing many hats, SysAdmins reign supreme.

On this SysAdmin day, we need to take the time to truly acknowledge and appreciate the incredible work of our SysAdmin heroes. They work tirelessly day in, day out and often with little to no appreciation. Today, and every day after, I want to encourage everyone to recognise our employees for their countless contributions to ensure our internal systems and workstations are running as smoothly as possible.”

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Mike Gosling, IT service platforms manager at Cubic Transportation Systems

“Whilst SysAdmins are respected within the IT profession, many people do not understand the scope and complexity of their role. High quality IT services are often taken for granted, with the phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind’ proving indicative. Indeed, organizations have a tendency to recognize customer-facing staff more than roles like the SysAdmin, which keep systems running behind the scenes. However without SysAdmins, the services we provide would be seriously compromised. They are responsible for the health, configuration, patching and updating of the systems (databases, servers, network etc.) that underpin the business services that we supply to customers both internal and external.

This is even more so the case in a world of expanding cyberthreats. Our contractual services are based on high availability and high capacity, however these can only be consistently achieved with the good work that SysAdmins do. They are directly winning the customer. Without them, we would more than likely fail our contractual obligations, whilst opening ourselves up for cyberattacks that could have serious repercussions for both our customers and ourselves. On SysAdmin Day and beyond, we should ensure these vital workers are seen, recognized and appreciated for all they do. After all, we’d be lost without them.”

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David Miller, SVP Technology, Fluent Commerce

“Sysadmins have evolved into DevOps, cloud, and site reliability engineers (SREs) in the age of the cloud. These individuals are the backbone of organizations by ensuring shipping software is cost-effective, reliable, secure and performant. By converting committed code into value that is delivered to clients, they empower users to have all they need to accomplish their jobs securely. They are the foundation for ensuring that performance and availability are increasing globally. On SysAdmin Day, we are proud to honor their dedication and hard work.”

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Steve Cochran, CTO, ConnectWise

“Sysadmins are often the first responders when it comes to addressing problems in IT systems. However, responding reactively is never as effective as taking a proactive approach. By staying ahead of internal or client-based infrastructure issues, it frees sysadmins up to repair IT systems before serious problems occur.

The most experienced sysadmin can struggle to keep up with the demands of modern IT infrastructure, especially with the routine tasks that they are continually being faced with. They are responsible for proactive network monitoring, conducting routine maintenance, managing ticket flow and more. Without the proper software assistance, it can leave IT teams feeling bogged down.

The best thing an organization can do to support its sysadmins is to find the right programs to provide insight into workflows and efficiency while facilitating system response monitoring. This frees up sysadmin to address other, more pressing issues so they are able to be more proactive and handle reactive situations with ease.”

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Manu Heirbaut, Vice President of Engineering, Datadobi

“SysAdmin Day serves as a reminder of the importance of the unsung heroes who are the cornerstone of virtually every enterprise IT organization. These professionals are incredibly deserving of gratitude for all the hard work they do to upkeep organizations’ infrastructure every day. Aside from singing their praises on SysAdmin Day, it’s important we provide them with the right tools that can help automate mundane tasks and solve some of the top concerns of enterprises today such as cost, carbon footprint, and business risk issues while maximizing the value provided by unstructured data. Providing sysadmins with purpose-built solutions built for our unstructured-data-driven world can not only elevate their job but also the business as a whole as well.”

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Adrian Knapp, CEO & Founder, Aparavi

“On SysAdmin Day, we want to celebrate all of our System Administrators and IT professionals for their hard work and dedication. These individuals are the backbone of every successful enterprise. System administrators not only maintain the functionality of our hardware and software but also maintain the safety of our networks.

It is crucial that SysAdmins and IT professionals are armed with the necessary tools to keep data safe and processes running smoothly. They can best do this through intelligent data management platforms, which assist in the analysis of unstructured data and suggest what data should be kept, deleted, or sorted. SysAdmins can improve their jobs by making data health a priority, which will, in turn, deliver value and safety to every enterprise.”

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Surya Varanasi, CTO, StorCentric

“I have long maintained that demonstrating employee appreciation is not only the right thing to do, but a fundamental cornerstone in creating and maintaining competitive advantage. This has never been truer than it is today, in the face of trends like the ‘great resignation’ and as competition for talent continues to escalate across virtually every job market. Prevailing research backs this up – according to the Pew Research Center, among the top three reasons that U.S. workers left a job in 2021 was “felt disrespected at work.

System Administrator Appreciation Day provides an ideal opportunity to recognize one of your organization’s greatest assets – its SysAdmins, who are also likely responsible in large part for your organization’s other greatest asset – your data. This responsibility is no easy task, especially given the current global cybercrime climate. Approximately 37% of global organizations said they were the victim of some form of ransomware attack in 2021, according to IDC’s “2021 Ransomware Study.” Likewise, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reported 2,084 ransomware complaints from January to July 31, 2021. This is a 62% year-over-year increase.

However, smart SysAdmins already know that by deploying an advanced Unbreakable Backup solution they can protect their organization’s data via an immutable, object-locked format which then takes it a step further by storing the admin keys in another location entirely for added protection. Other key capabilities SysAdmins use to their advantage are policy-driven data integrity checks that can scrub the data for faults, and auto-heals without any user intervention. In addition, with dual controllers and RAID-based protection SysAdmins can enjoy high availability protection that can provide data access in the event of component failure. Recovery of data is also faster because RAID-protected disk arrays are able to read faster than they can write. With an Unbreakable Backup solution that encompasses these capabilities, SysAdmins can ease their worry about their ability to recover – and redirect their time and attention to activities that more directly impact bottom-line objectives. And consequently, reinforce their immeasurable value to their organization.”

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Brian Dunagan, Vice President of Engineering, Retrospect, a StorCentric Company

“System Administrator Appreciation Day reminds us how important it is to show appreciation for one of our organizations’ most strategic and valuable assets – the SysAdmin. This is especially true today, given the increasing challenges most SysAdmins need to address on a daily basis.

One such issue most SysAdmins are having to deal with is cyberattacks. Ransomware and other malware continues to hamper businesses and government agencies around the world, locking them out of their operational workflows and then demanding exorbitant payments (after which unfortunately, data is oftentimes never unblocked and/or returned). With the advent of RaaS (Ransomware as a Service), these attacks are becoming even more commonplace, targeting an ever-expanding segment of organizations. It is often the SysAdmin that must enlist the tools necessary to mount a defense, as well as detect early signs of intrusion. And, they need to be able to recover quickly and affordably, should they experience a successful attack. Of course the truth is that today, it is not really a question of if an organization will be successfully breached, but more realistically simply a question of when, making this SysAdmin responsibility all the more crucial. When the SysAdmin is at their best, all of this service is taking place rather transparently, which is why System Administrator Appreciation Day is so important.

Creating a culture of appreciation can take time. So, while System Administrator Appreciation Day officially comes once a year, why not start today, commit to the process and recognize and reward your SysAdmins (as well as the rest of your invaluable workforce) on a regular basis!”

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Paul Farrington, chief product officer, Glasswall

“SysAdmins are vital employees – from ensuring that system patches are rolled out on time, to monitoring the performance of all IT systems to ensure they’re working effectively, SysAdmins keep their organisations delivering services to customers. Technology has become such an integral part of society that we need these skilled professionals to dedicate their working hours to maintaining IT systems and keeping the lights on for the rest of the company. However, they can so often go unnoticed because when everything is running smoothly, the wider business does not always realise the amount of work that goes into maintaining the status quo.

This SysAdmin Day, senior leaders need to recognise the hard work that these employees do. Providing additional training and upgrading the tools they use on a daily basis are just two ways that businesses can show their appreciation for their SysAdmins. These actions will not only help the admins to be more productive and not get held up by tedious manual tasks – it will also help them learn more skills and provide increased opportunities for their career development.”

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Anthony Cusimano, Director of Technical Marketing, Object First

“System Administrators are the literal Avengers of any organization, no matter the size. Whenever the “system halts the fan,” admins are on it before their leadership realizes there is a problem. When ransomware rears its ugly face, the admins have prepared for the threat and are ready to face it head-on. The job is often thankless; they are the first to receive any blame when something breaks, but none receive the call for help more than they. In my experience, no role holds more sacred knowledge and a fundamental understanding of every aspect of a business than the SA. Without them, we would not be able to have this conversation. Every piece of technology a company uses is tied to an SA’s responsibility, and they don’t receive the thanks they deserve for keeping us all employed and our world spinning on its axis. Still, it brings a smile to my face that we can recognize them on this upcoming holiday.”

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Andrew Kahl, CEO at BackBox

“System Administrator Appreciation Day serves as the perfect day to thank network system administrators for their tireless efforts to keep our workplaces running and our data secure. While sysadmins are the public face of IT and enjoy the (much-deserved) limelight on this day, their network admin brethren are sometimes overlooked. Their work is no less important, and today’s networks are more complex than ever thanks to environments that span cloud and hybrid settings, a diverse array of network infrastructure vendors, and the ongoing talent shortage in both IT and security industries. To help make network administrators’ lives easier beyond just today, organizations should look to adopt tools that will save time, resources and headaches.

As the threat landscape continues to evolve, new and advanced attacks are constantly threatening networks. Compounded by network complexity, network administrators are under more pressure than ever to deliver service and maintain a secure posture. With tools like network security automation, admins are able to automate critical tasks such as disaster recovery and backups, OS upgrades, patch and vulnerability management, remediation and attack surface management.

Automating network security is not only good for increasing security posture, but it can also mitigate risks caused by human error. With the ongoing security and IT talent shortage, manual processes coupled with smaller teams means errors are easily introduced, patch management falls behind, and it becomes increasingly difficult to keep up with best practices for routine backups. Additionally, many of the routine but critical management procedures can become scheduled and automated, providing organizations with peace of mind and saving time for network administrators to focus on high priority tasks.

While system administrators keep the machines running, network admins keep the information moving smoothly and securely from one machine to another, and in this connected age that is just as important. We should all be thankful to have them on our teams, and do what we can to ensure their success. Organizations should leverage tools that not only make the lives of network administrators easier, but also ensure the continuous improvement of network security posture.”