Linux Essentials for Cybersecurity

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-08-06
  • Publisher: Pearson IT Certification
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Linux distributions are widely used by technical professionals to support mission-critical applications and manage crucial data. But safeguarding Linux systems can be complex, and many guides to Linux usage and certification provide only superficial coverage of security. Linux Essentials for Cybersecurity is the solution. Part of the new Pearson IT Cybersecurity Curriculum (ITCC), it introduces Linux with the primary goal of enforcing and troubleshooting security. Leading Linux certification and security experts William “Bo” Rothwell and Denise Kinsey, PhD offer a layered approach to security that helps readers protect their Linux systems even if one or more layers are penetrated.


Rothwell and Kinsey show how to install Linux to achieve optimal security right from the outset, even if you have no experience with Linux at all. Next the authors present best practices for the secure day-to-day administration of accounts, devices, services, processes, data, networks, and more. To increase readers’ sophistication in defending Linux systems, the authors also walk through the use of powerful tools and automated scripting techniques for footprinting, penetration testing, threat detection, logging, auditing, software management, and more. Finally, to help readers earn certification and demonstrate their abilities, the authors cover many key topics found on the CompTIA Linux+ and LPIC-1 certification exams. 

This guide’s features include:

  • Logical organization designed for easy understanding, effective classroom use, and rapid on-the-job-training
  • Strong emphasis on modern real-world security troubleshooting techniques throughout -- not just in separate sections
  • Real-world examples and step-by-step activities that permit hands-on practice without expensive equipment
  • Key terms, chapter objectives, review questions, and more

Table of Contents



Part I: Introducing Linux
1. Distributions and Key Components
2. Working on the Command Line
3. Getting Help
4. Editing Files
5. When Things Go Wrong


Part II: User and Group Accounts
6. Managing Group Accounts
7. Managing User Accounts
8. Developing an Account Security Policy


Part III: File and Data Storage
9. File Permissions
10. Managing Local Storage
11. Managing Network Storage
12. Developing a Storage Security Policy


Part IV: Automation
13. Crontab and at
14. Scripting
15. Common Automation Tasks
16. Developing an Automation Security Policy


Part V: Networking
17. Networking Basics
18. Network Configuration
19. Network Service Configuration
20. Connecting to Remote Systems
21. Developing a Network Security Policy


Part VI: Process and Log Administration
22. Process Control
23. System Logging
24. Developing a Process and Log Security Policy


Part VII: Software Management
25. Red Hat-based Software Management
26. Debian-based Software Management
27. Additional Management Tools
28. System Booting
29. Developing a Software Management Security Policy


Part VIII: Security Tasks
30. Footprinting
31. Firewalls
32. Intrusion Detection Systems
33. Additional Security Tasks


Appendix A. Resource Guide


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