Open Source Tools Are Your Friend If You Are Just Getting Started In The Security World

One of the most sought out job offers these days is in the security world. There are a lot of positions open for these types of jobs and there are a lot of people who are looking for them. Computer security is something that has come to be taken seriously in the job market now. But the problem is if you are someone new to the scene where is a good place to start? A lot of the books that are out there are for people who are already involved in the security and there are very low level beginner books for you to start with. No, when it comes to the technical side of computer security the best thing that you can do is try to get your hands dirty. And luckily in this day and age there are many ways that will allow you to do that.


One of the more popular ways is for people to start with open source projects. No matter what field of computer security you are trying to get in to you will something that will help you in the open source community. For example if you are someone who is into networking security then you will find plenty of places that will help you with that. There are plenty of open source network monitoring tools, open source network scanning tools, and many more apps that are available in the open source model that deal with the network.

If you are someone who wants to work in finding ways to get into a system there are plenty of open source projects that will help you with that as well. There are open source projects like the Backtrack operating system that was built just for that. There are open source virtual machines that will allow you to set up operating systems and you can pretend to bust into those whenever you would like to. There is a ton of things that you can do if you want to practice in the world of penetration testing.

And if you want to be able to reverse engineer something then there is a lot that will help you in that front as well. There are a bunch of open source tools out that will help you debug, disassemble, and anything else that you want to do with a piece of software. And there is another bonus when it comes to open source software and reverse engineering as well. You are able compile a program and reverse engineer it while you are looking at the source code at the same time. This is a great way to learn and will help you out a lot in the long run.

A great way to learn is to go to the many open source repositories out there and just study some of the source code that you can find. That way you will be able to see and learn what you are up against. Most of the time your enemy is going to be the bad guys exploiting some kind of software hole found in your system. If you learn how software works you will be one step closer in stopping your enemy.

When it comes to learning how to do computer security there is no better way than to learn in the open source world. It is a great base that will allow you to go on to other exciting projects.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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