Linux is an open source operating system utilized by millions of devices ranging from our mobile devices to the servers and super computers that are the backbone of the internet.
Having a solid understanding of the Linux Operating System is important as a Cybersecurity professional for two major reason: First being that you might be tasked with securing linux systems and second being that several cybersecurity tools are on linux based operating systems.
Although I’ve been a general Linux user for about a year now, since I started building my Cybersecurity Homelab, I recently had to take the LPI (Linux Professional Institute) Linux Essentials exam as part of my current college program at Western Governors University in order to fulfill the requirements for my Linux Fundamentals class.
After 10 days of studying and around 15 study hours, I was able to sit for this exam and pass on my first attempt. This blog covers my experience with the exam and all the study resources I used.
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WHAT IS COVERED IN THE EXAM?
According to LPI, these are the topic covered in the exam
- Topic 1: The Linux Community and a Career in Open Source
- Topic 2: Finding Your Way on a Linux System
- Topic 3: The Power of the Command Line
- Topic 4: The Linux Operating System
- Topic 5: Security and File Permissions
Jason Dion – Udemy
If there’s one person that has been a huge contributor to my Cybersecurity career, it has been Jason Dion. His courses have never failed me since I started using them and the LPI Linux essentials was no exception. Jason Dion’s udemy course for this exam was about 7.5 hours long and was very sufficient for this exam. The course covers all the domains of the exam and also provides video sections that walk you along with the commands and more specific details. This course also comes with 2 practice exams included.
Practice Exams – Udemy
Once again, Jason Dion’s practice exams were enough to give me the confidence I needed to attempt the exam. These practice exams are designed just like the actual exam and give a good expectation of what’s to come on exam day. The bundle comes with six practice exams but 3 were enough for me in addition to the 2 free ones included with the course.
RECOMMENDED RESOURCES FOR BEGINNERS WITH NO LINUX EXPERIENCE
Before starting my studies, I anticipated that this exam was going to be an easy one since I was not entirely new to linux. I was able to complete Jason Dion’s udemy course in about 3 days making sure to take detailed notes on the side for important details.
After completing the course, I was unable to study for about 2 days due to my being busy at work. Nonetheless, after these two days I made sure to review my notes before attempting some practice exams to test my knowledge. After scoring 90% on my attempts, I felt ready for the exam.
EXAM EXPERIENCE & CONCLUSION
Although this was not my first IT certification, this was my first LPI & Linux certification. As usual I took this exam from the comfort of my home (bathroom to be specific) and it was proctored via Pearson VUE.
This exam was 40 questions long and had a time allocation of 1 hour and I was able to complete the exam in under 30 mins. Just as I anticipated, it was a very easy exam.
I definitely want to get better at Linux, specifically in regards to the security aspect of it, however, I don’t think I will be taking any more linux certifications except the RHCSA(Red Hat Certified System Administrator) which would be determined by my progression as I continue in my Cybersecurity career.
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