Tools of the Trade: Linux and SQL


This course, part of the Google Cybersecurity Certificate, delves into the fundamental computing skills necessary for aspiring cybersecurity analysts. Through hands-on activities, learners will explore the intricacies of Linux operating systems, including navigation, file management, and user authentication via the Bash shell. Additionally, the course delves into the essentials of SQL, enabling learners to retrieve and manipulate data from databases. By the end of the course, participants will be proficient in Linux command line operations and SQL database querying, paving the way for entry-level cybersecurity roles.

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Tools of the Trade: Linux and SQL
Course Modules

The course covers essential topics like operating systems, Linux architecture, Linux commands via the Bash shell, and databases with SQL querying, providing a comprehensive foundation for aspiring cybersecurity professionals.

Introduction to operating systems

Module 1 introduces learners to operating systems, comparing graphical user interfaces to command line interfaces and providing insights into resource allocation via the OS. Participants will also explore virtualization technology and the command line in use, setting the stage for deeper exploration into Linux and SQL.

The Linux operating system

Module 2 delves into the Linux operating system, covering its architecture, distributions, and different types of shells. Learners will gain practical experience in using package managers for installing applications and troubleshoot Linux labs, laying the groundwork for mastering Linux command line operations.

Linux commands in the Bash shell

Module 3 focuses on Linux commands via the Bash shell, equipping learners with essential skills for navigating and managing the file system, as well as authenticating and authorizing users. The module also emphasizes responsible use of sudo and provides guidance on becoming proficient in key Linux commands.

Databases and SQL

Module 4 delves into databases and SQL, introducing learners to querying databases, applying various filters to SQL queries, and joining tables in SQL. Participants will also explore continuous learning in SQL and the application of SQL in the context of cybersecurity, facilitating a comprehensive understanding of database querying.

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