Cyber Security/Hacker Operating Systems
I was recently informed of a new operating system that helps cover all of the security needs for those working in the Cyber Security industry, by the name of Parrot OS. I’ll confirm now before letting you read on, I have migrated away from Kali to Parrot but during this journey I thought it was a good idea to see what other systems are out there for my security needs.
This blog article covers my discoveries, some of which may come as a complete surprise and others not so much.
The first two have already been mentioned, but here they are:
- Kali OS. https://www.kali.org/
This is the most popular Cyber Security operating system around, and there’s no surprise as to why. The security tool count, that is built in exceeds 600, and that is a lot to get your head around.
Add to this, the following certifications evolve around Kali, so for anyone wanting to get their careers moving in the direction of Cyber Security, this is a perfect choice.
Certifications: OSWE, OSCP, OSCE, OSWP, OSEE, KLCP.
Parrot OS. https://parrotlinux.org/
Parrot OS is a relatively new solution brought to the industry, but it’s been done well. Just like Kali is has a wealth of tools but unlike Kali it has two major components prebuilt in, which are fantastic for all users, not just specific niches of the security industry. The first is the implementation of many tools to help keep you safe/anonymous online, and the second is all the default tools you require for performing documentation and office work. These brilliant additions are why the Parrot OS is also designed for Journalists and hacktavists, and not just the police or security professionals.
Quick summary, if I was asked which one to learn first. I’d still recommend Kali, but this is due to its history. It has been around long enough to have huge amounts of documentation and tutorials, which help people learn. However if you’ve been in the industry for a while now, I’d advise moving over to Parrot because it feels more natural and could be the future industry leader.
To find out more and discover the other cyber security operating systems you could explore, continue reading part 2 of this article at “mind of a raptor“.