Spider-Man’s credo is, “With great power comes great responsibility.” That’s also a wise attitude for Linux system administrators to adopt.

No! Really! Thanks to DevOps and cloud orchestration, a Linux admin can control not merely a single server, but tens of thousands of server instances. With one stupid move—like not patching Apache Struts—you can wreck a multibillion-dollar enterprise.

Failing to stay on top of security patches is a strategic business problem that goes way above the pay grade of a system administrator. But there are many simple ways to blow up Linux servers, which do lie in the hands of sysadmins. It would be nice to imagine that only newbies make these mistakes—but we know better.

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