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September 17, 2020 Timothy Chiu, VP of Marketing
The Top 5 Programming Languages for Security Admins to Learn
If you’re a security administrator and you’ve been thinking about brushing up on your skill set, or if you’re just looking to get started as a security administrator, you may be wondering how you can get started.  One of the basics for becoming a security administrator is having the ability to program at a basic level for investigations, to write shell scripts, and just handle basic tasks.  A new article from Tech Republic covers the top 5 programming languages for security administrators to learn, along with the reason for each.  The list also includes two honorable mentions for a total of seven programming languages for a security administrator to learn.  That number may sound daunting, but once you learn one computer language understanding another is a relatively easy task, the only thing to keep in mind of course is making sure you get the syntax right when writing code, which is something you can always look up as needed.
Tech Republic’s list has a lot of common sense choices for languages to learn and includes the ones most needed when looking at security of web applications, including the languages used in most web applications today.  The short list of five languages to learn includes “C”, “Python”, “Javascript”, “PHP, and “SQL”.  For the full reason behind the choice of these five, be sure to check out the full article at Tech Republic


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