Please note: We have made changes to this curriculum since this announcement. As of January 15, 2019, a new version of our cybersecurity curriculum is available via a free course. Additional details below.

Learn modern cloud-native cybersecurity skills and advance your software career with a new course built in collaboration with Chronicle. Learn more today!

Udacity - Chronicle - Cybersecurity Nanodegree program

As of January 15, 2018, Udacity’s cybersecurity curriculum, developed in collaboration with the team at Chronicle, is available via a free course called Introduction to Cybersecurity with Chronicle. In this course, you’ll learn the foundational skills necessary to launch and advance a cybersecurity career.

To primary goal of the course is to ensure you develop demonstrable proficiency with core skills central to success in the field. This includes learning how networks handle routing, DNS, load-balancing, and more. You’ll also explore the Linux operating system, review programming and APIs, and even start building cloud infrastructure.

In addition to our core internal team, we are pleased to include Wael Ghandour, Lead Security Engineer at VMWare, as one of our course leads.

The course features seven lessons:

  1. Introduction
  2. Programming
  3. Networking
  4. Systems
  5. APIs
  6. Modern Cloud Architecture
  7. Cybersecurity Fundamentals

Through our cross-industry collaboration with Chronicle, we are creating something desperately needed in our world today—cybersecurity training that can stay ahead of the threats. Chronicle’s bleeding-edge expertise at applying planet-scale computing and analytics to security operations, combined with Udacity’s agile and dynamic learning platform, makes for a compact training opportunity that is regrettably still rare in our digital world.

The time is right for learning opportunities of this kind, and there has never been a greater need for new talent to enter this field:

“In this day and age, when our reliance on networked systems is higher than ever and the gap between talent and demand is growing faster and faster, cross-industry collaboration is critical to the future of our society. The time to address this problem is now, and this partnership with Udacity will take us one step closer to achieving our common goal.” —Mike Wiacek, Co-Founder, CSO, Chronicle

The need for qualified cybersecurity talent

As the number and complexity of cyber attacks increases around the world, demand for qualified security professionals continues to rise dramatically. The recently-released Global Information Security Workforce Study predicts that there will be 1.8 million open cybersecurity jobs by 2022, and the U.S. Department of Labor anticipates security-related job growth rates of 28% over the next decade. As striking as these numbers are, they are conservative by many estimates. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts 3.5 million cybersecurity job openings by 2021, and ISACA forecasts a global shortage of two million cybersecurity professionals by as early as next year.

No matter which forecasts come to fruition, the challenges are inescapable, and the demand is very real—the world needs trained cybersecurity professionals, and for those who possess the right skills, the opportunities are nearly limitless.

The opportunity to help the world address its security challenges, while simultaneously supporting a new generation of security talent to acquire the valuable and in-demand skills necessary to enter the field, is why we created this curriculum in the first place, and it’s why we’re here today, getting ready to open our classroom to the security professionals of the future.

If you’re ready for cybersecurity success in roles such as Security Engineer and Cloud Security Engineer, then visit Udacity today. The classroom opens soon, and the world needs you.