02 Linux 101

Course Description

We often get questions – Why Linux? Why can’t I use Windows? Why not Mac OS? And  ‘Why not Unix?’

There are many answers to this question, however I’m going to cover the most important reasons. 

Linux is everywhere – you’ll find it powering a majority of servers, data centres, mainframes, supercomputers routers, mobile phones (Android is basically Linux), embedded systems in all sorts of devices (from washing machines and toasters to mechanical equipment, elevators and a lot more). Linux and Unix servers power close to 70% of the worlds’ web servers. Most large internet giants use these operating systems in some form or the other as the back-bone of their tech stack. Popular companies that use Linux as their backbone are Google, Amazon, IBM, Facebook, and Twitter. So learning Linux can have many advantages. 

As a cybersecurity professional, the main reason that LInux is preferable is – that Linux is open source. That means anyone can read the source code and modify the software – giving us potentially full control and trust over how exactly the software functions. As a security professional, you will want a greater level of control over how exactly your tools work. At times you may need to customise your operating system and tools. Linux makes it possible to perform these tasks. It is very important to have full trust in our tools. Open source software alone allows us this level of trust, because every minute working of the code is visible to anyone. Unix is also perfectly suited for these tasks. We suggest Linux because of the short learning curve, and easier availability of software packages – making Linux is often more friendly to a majority of beginners. That being said, once your knowledge advances, hardware and software restrictions will not apply to you and you will be able to perform all kinds of tasks on any kind of operating system. Moreover – you may even need to run tests on different operating systems depending on the kind of work you choose to do in the future. Linux is a good starting point to learn the basics of cybersecurity. 

Last, but not the least there are plenty of Linux distributions(more on distributions later in the course) that exist with the sole purpose of security testing. They come pre-loaded with all of the tools that you would need as a security professional. 

Who is this course for?

  • Anyone with a desire to learn about Linux.
  • People that have Linux experience, but would like to learn about the Linux command line interface.
  • Existing Linux users that want to become power users.
  • People that need Linux knowledge for a personal or business project like hosting a website on a Linux server.
  • Professionals that need to learn Linux to become more effective at work. Helpdesk staff, application support engineers, and application developers that are required to use the Linux operating system.
  • People thinking about a career as a Linux system administrator or engineer, but need the basics first.
  • Researchers, college professors, and college students that will be using Linux servers to conduct research or complete course work.
  • Aspiring security professionals

course stats

Pre-Requisite Knowledge/Hardware: 

Class 10 or equivalent and basic computer knowledge. 

Computer with the following requirements

  • At least one of the following operating systems installed(If more than one is installed then no problem):
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Mac OS X
  • Active broadband internet connection
  • RAM : Min 4GB, Preferred 16GB
  • 50GB Free hard disk Space
  • Suggested Hardware : 2 monitors (one for your exercises, and one to keep this course window open). A single monitor will work fine just as well.

What you will learn

  • Installing Virtualisation Software
  •  Creating Virtual Machines
  •  Installing Linux Operating system
  •  Basic Linux Filesystem Commands

Professional prospects

This course stands as a foundation course for the following professional applications. 

  • Linux systems administrator
  • Web server administrator
  • Webmaster
  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Systems architect
  • Back-end engineer
  • Networking Engineer
  • Forensic Analyst
  • Cloud Architect

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