Cybersecurity Training for Less than $300!!

Ok. Since the IT Market is going in the following avenues and you plan on staying in IT and making more than US $100,000 a year. You need to practice. Also, one of the joys of learning and staying in IT is the ability to resolve the problem everyone learning on the cheap has to do. Even though I can likely buy a fancy schmancy $600 or $1500 laptop. I like to keep it inexpensive and cheap and actually focus on learning.

1. Chromebook (US $100-$500). CPU's are what jumps the cost. Stick with Intel CPU's.
2. RAM from Amazon (Prime get's it to the house quicker)
3. Crouton (with -e encryption:
4. Kali-Rolling / Ubuntu (Depending on if you need VirtualBox to run Window$)

1. Put your Chromebook into Developer Mode (ESC+Restart Key+Power Button)
3. CTRL+D, Machine will wipe into Developer Mode
4. Connect to your wireless and log back in (recreate your profile by enabling your sync)
5. Launch a Terminal Shell (CTRL+ALT+T)
6. Shell
7. Download "Crouton" from
8. Pick your distribution (Debian, Kali or Ubuntu). You can use -r to change the distribution.
    (Example: sudo -e sh ~/Downloads/crouton -r kali-rolling)

9. If your doing Cybersecurity training, your going to need Kali-Rolling and Pluralsight Online Training ( If you already have a Bachelor's or Master's Degree. Don't waist your time getting another degree at a university. Learn hands-on, pass some certification exams and then start applying for jobs. University programs are pretty good, but like I said, this is the cheap and quick way to jump into the field if your already in IT or flipping into IT. Certifications and hands-on experience is what will get you through a technical interview or technical phone screen. Degree's help, but I can't count how many people I have by-passed because they didn't know anything hands-on or weren't skilled.

However, a college degree is actually important. Don't let anyone tell you different, but if you can't afford it, you have to do something else. Also, you don't need to spend US $5000, $10,000 or dear goodness...$50,000 US getting a college degree. You can attend a US Department of Education Accredited Online School like University of The People: where tuition is free and all that you pay for is exams and whatever ancillary expenses are necessary. If you have math or other area's of academic weakness you can use Khan Academy: . The only one that can stop you from learning is you.

10. Choose your desktop type (sh /Downloads/crouton -t list) this will show you what environments you cant to pick. I prefer gnome to unity. As usual with all things administrative. You have to run via "sudo"

sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton -t gnome

11. sudo startgnome

12. Optionally, if you want it encrypted and want to throw the whole kitchen sink at it...just copy and paste the following command (NOTE: Xenial is Ubuntu 16.04.1):

sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton -r xenial -t unity-desktop,gtk-extra,cli-extra,extension,keyboard,xbmc,chrome -e

Note: If you have an issue, use another desktop type and run the command with -u (don't forget your passphrase or your done...)

sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton -r xenial -t xfce,keyboard,xbmc,chrome -u -e

FYI. If you don't like Unity use another desktop like Gnome or some other desktop. Personally, I like Budgie or Kali Linux. Budgie: If you are new to Linux...Kali will make you an Internet warrior!! Kali+YouTube+Blogs+Pluralsight...equals lighting and thunder!!! Ok....this Chipotle is making me delicious. Anyway...screenshot below!

More Crouton Information? It was created by a Google Employee.

More? Sheesh...go here already...

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