The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020, 1.4 million jobs will be open in computing with only 400,000 computer science graduates available to fill them. That means students with training in Information Technology (IT) will be ready to fill the candidate gap.

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The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit umbrella organization formed to advance professional open source management for mass collaboration. It recently announced the availability of a new online learning course, Linux Security Fundamentals (LFS 216). This is a self-paced course. It focuses on security skills training complementing open source software development.

“Open Source software underpins most of the Internet, facilitating trillions of dollars of business, but many projects lack rigorous security process,” said Nicko van Someren, chief technology officer at The Linux Foundation. “From day one, training and education play a key role in ensuring open source projects obtain a high state of security, quality and resiliency. Whether open or closed, software security must begin early on to minimize risk.”

The Linux Security Fundamentals class covers the basics that every IT professional working with Linux must know. It starts with an overview of computer security and touches on how security affects everyone in the chain of development, implementation, administration and end use.

The course covers these specific topics:

  • Threats and Risk Assessment
  • Auditing and Detection
  • Application Security
  • Kernel Vulnerabilities
  • Local System Security
  • Network Security
  • Denial of Service (DoS)
  • Firewalling and Packet Filtering

LFS 216 is a hands-on course that uses virtual appliances to demonstrate “what happens when,” rather than relying on typing exercises to configure complex servers. After completing this course, students will be able to assess current security needs, evaluate current security readiness and implement security options as required.

This course is the second security offering for The Linux Foundation. The first is an instructor-led Linux Security (LFS 416) course which has been offered since 2013.

“We recognize that security is a concern for any IT organization, which is why The Linux Foundation hosts initiatives such as the Core Infrastructure Initiative and Let’s Encrypt, which help make it easier to protect sensitive data and systems,” said Linux Foundation Training General Manager Clyde Seepersad. “These high-level efforts can only do so much though, so making it easier to train staff at all levels in security best practices is essential for ensuring all systems remain stable and secure.”

The Linux Foundation offers a bundle of security-focused courses that include the new Linux Security Fundamentals course along with LFS201 – Essentials of System Administration, LFS211 – Linux Networking and Administration and LFS265 – Software Defined Networking Fundamentals.

This bundle provides aspiring Linux system administrators with all the knowledge they need to start in the field and prepares them for a Linux Foundation Certified System Administration exam.