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A system administrator (also known as the sysop, sysadmin, and system operator) is

[t]he individual who has legitimate supervisory rights over a computer system. The administrator maintains the highest access to the system.[1]
[the] [p]erson responsible for the effective operation and maintenance of an IS, including implementation of standard procedures and controls to enforce an organization's security policy.[2]
privileged-level individual employed or authorized to maintain and operate a computer system or network. Individual responsible for the installation and maintenance of an information system, providing effective information system utilization, adequate security parameters, and sound implementation of established information assurance policy and procedures.[3]

A system administrator is "[t]he individual responsible for maintaining the system in daily operations."[4]


"The System Administrator (SA) has responsibility to:

• Manage system performance