We live in a time when everyone is comfortable with using some kind of operating system, but how many of us know how they actually work? Understanding Operating Systems is designed to introduce students to the key elements of common desktop operating systems. The course covers OS design & structure, resource management, scheduling, security and more with plenty of hands-on labs in Microsoft Windows, Linux and Solaris environments. It is an excellent preliminary course for those looking to develop skills in OS security or intrusion analysis, malware analysis or vulnerability assessment.
Learn the basics of desktop computer architecture.
Develop an understanding of the major roles of the operating system, including dual-mode operation, process & memory management and I/O device management.
Be able to extract and manipulate OS configuration data using a command-line interface and GUI-based monitoring tools.
Perform common system administration tasks such as network configuration and user & group management.
Understand the fundamental security issues that affect operating systems, and how these are addressed by the major desktop operating systems
The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.