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Six Hot Linux Certifications for 2019

A new year approaches! If you have a serious professional interest in Linux, then make a big impact on your career outlook by focusing on one of these six certifications in 2019.

Get one of these hot certs in 2019 to take your Linux game to the next level!Linux, the most widely-used open source operating system (OS), dominates the web server market. According to IDC, commercial and non-commercial Linux deployments in the worldwide enterprise segment registered considerable growth in 2017. It is now the standard for enterprise applications.

 

Linux offers organizations an open source, powerful, flexible, secure, cost-efficient, and well-supported OS for their computing needs. Open source talent is in high demand today. A ZDNet article reports that Linux Foundation and Dice’s 2018 Open Source Jobs survey found that 80 percent of hiring managers surveyed were seeking IT pros with Linux skills.

 

What follows is a list of some of the most sought-after Linux credentials. If you’re thinking about Linux to your IT skill set in 2019 — or improving your existing Linux skills — then you should consider going after one or more of these certs.

 

CompTIA Linux+ (Powered by LPI)

 

The current CompTIA Linux+ certification was developed for CompTIA by the Linux Professional Institute (LPI). Candidates are required to pass two exams, LX0-103 and LX0-104. The new version of CompTIA Linux+, due for release in April 2019, will have just one exam, XK0-004.

 

The content and format have been updated to reflect the needs of industry and the latest developments in Linux. CompTIA claims that the new version is up-to-date and global. The XK0-004 exam was developed in-house, taking into account inputs and advice from well-known Linux experts across the globe.

 

CompTIA Linux+ (XK0-004) covers security, kernel modules, storage and virtualization, enterprise-level device management, DevOps basics, networking and firewalls, server side and command line, server coverage, troubleshooting, and SELinux.

 

You are eligible to register for the exam if you have 9-to-12 months of hands-on experience using Linux.

 

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GCUX: GIAC Certified UNIX Security Administrator

 

The GIAC Certified Unix Security Administrator (GCUX) is a cybersecurity certification managed by GIAC, a certification body affiliated to the SANS Institute. SANS is a longstanding information security training organization of worldwide repute. The GIAC program offers more than 20 applied information security certifications in security leadership, network security, application security, cyber security, forensics, and audit.

 

The GCUX validates knowledge and skills in auditing and securing Linux and UNIX systems. It is designed to train professionals to install, configure, and administer Linux and UNIX infrastructure.

 

Though GIAC does not specify prerequisites for this credential, practical training in Linux or UNIX is recommended. Training is available in different formats from a range of providers. The GIAC training module is SEC506: Securing Linux/UNIX. The exam fee includes 2 practice tests.

 

Exam preparation options also include hands-on Linux/UNIX experience, college courses, and self-study. Candidates are required to pass one two-hour exam consisting of 75 questions with a minimum passing score of 68 percent. The exam is administered by Pearson VUE.

 

The GCUX is valid for four years. Candidates must earn 36 Continuing Professional Experience (CPE) credits and pay a maintenance fee of $429 every four years in order to renew this certificate.

 

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Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA)

 

Red Hat, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018, has grown to become the world’s leading vendor of open source solutions at the enterprise level. (The company is also now in the hip pocket of IBM, which is bound to affect its certification program at some point. Something to bear in mind.)

 

Red Hat certifications are in demand because a large number of enterprises use Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). The value of these credentials derives largely from an emphasis on practical ability and comprehensive training programs. Candidates need to pass challenging exams that test hands-on experience.

 

Candidates need to earn the RHCSA before they can take the RHCE. Those who aim to become Red Hat Certified Architects need to first earn the RHCE.

 

The RHCSA is an entry-level, performance-based certification. It demonstrates knowledge and skills in systems administration in different environments and deployment set-ups. The exam tests expertise in file handling, command line operation, systems management, configuring local storage, and other functions.

 

This credential is suitable for students of Red Hat System Administration I and II, professionals with experience working on RHEL systems who seek validation of their skills, Linux system administrators who are required to certify, and those who are working toward a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) certification.

 

To earn this credential, you need to pass a 2.5-hour exam. Red Hat doesn’t specify prerequisites for the RHCSA, but recommends Red Hat System Administration I (RH124) and Red Hat System Administration II (RH134) for Windows administrators and the RHCSA Rapid Track Course (RH199) for Linux or UNIX administrators.

 

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