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

Udacity - Chronicle - Cybersecurity Nanodegree program

Today marks a significant milestone for a journey that began on April 20, 2018. On that day, Sebastian Thrun spoke at the annual RSA Conference, and announced that Udacity would be building and launching a new Nanodegree program focused on cybersecurity. A key component of that announcement was our call for collaborators:

“To the leaders in this field, we are extending the opportunity to join us. Your organization, together with Udacity, can help shape the future of cybersecurity training, and nurture the world’s most advanced pipeline of highly-qualified cybersecurity talent.”

Today, we are excited to unveil our new Cybersecurity Nanodegree program, built in collaboration with Chronicle, and featuring contributions from leading security experts at Facebook, Microsoft, Visa, and VMware.

Cybersecurity training that can stay ahead of the threats

The launch of this program represents a critical step forward in the battle against global cybercrime. 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. In this new program, Chronicle’s bleeding-edge expertise at applying planet-scale computing and analytics to security operations, and Udacity’s agile and dynamic learning platform, combine to offer a compact and groundbreaking training opportunity found nowhere else in the world.

The time is right for this program, 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.

“We need to build more cybersecurity expertise everywhere to meet the growing demand for security skills. I’m glad to see Udacity’s work on their Cybersecurity Nanodegree program, particularly the input from the technology industry. I wish I had this type of program available when I was starting my career in security.” —Aanchal Gupta, Director of Security, Facebook

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 program 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.

Our expert collaborators and contributors

To build the best curriculum possible, and to create the most compelling and valuable real-world projects, we’ve assembled an outstanding team of cybersecurity experts to provide input for our program. Their invaluable contributions serve to ensure that our students learn broadly-applicable skills valued across a wide range of fields and industries. These experts include:

  • Mike Wiacek, Co-Founder and Chief Security Officer of Chronicle, and the entire Chronicle team
  • Aanchal Gupta, Director of Security at Facebook
  • Ashish Jaiman, Director of Cybersecurity at Microsoft
  • Swapnil Deshmukh, Senior Director of Cybersecurity at Visa
  • Wael Ghandour, Lead Security Engineer at VMWare
  • Ariel Kirson, Security Development Lifecycle Executive

Our cybersecurity curriculum

The curriculum for this program includes six courses spread across two terms, and features seven projects. Students begin with an introductory course covering key topics such as Python, networking, cloud architecture, APIs, security, and operating systems. The initial focus is on the essential skills necessary for building secure cloud platforms. Students learn the main components of a cloud platform, various cloud settings, and different computing options.

Students then advance to the next course, on cloud infrastructure security. Here, they gain critical knowledge needed to build and operate a secure cloud platform. They begin by learning key cloud security concerns such as multi-tenancy, data privacy, and access management on the SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS platforms, as well as techniques they can employ to avoid common pitfalls.

They additionally learn to assess and analyze the differences between traditional and cloud-centric approaches to network security, before moving on to exploring the AuthN/AuthZ frameworks that govern control-plane security. Students learn about cloud storage and networking—their functions, and the options available to secure them. From there, students begin to get a deeper understanding of how to secure VMs, containers, and serverless computing.

The course concludes with a project based on identifying and automating security flaws on the cloud platform. The challenge for the students is to spot security flaws, and build scripts to automate the detection process.

In the next course, on product and application security, students gain understanding of secure design, secure coding practices, and threat modeling concepts. By learning about the various phases of a formalized secure development lifecycle, students come to understand the structured approach to building security into product development. They will then be able to carry out security assessments at the product design-level, as well as guide engineering teams to perform threat-modeling exercises.

As students advance towards their capstone project, they segue into building expertise with security monitoring and analytics. In the fifth course—titled “Monitoring & Incident Response”—students work on security log events, and learn to build monitoring tools that can detect incoming threats.

In the sixth course, students leverage different analytics frameworks to detect security issues at multiple levels in an infrastructure, and use these frameworks to display infrastructure and application health and security.

In the final capstone course, students team up with their fellow learners in a red team (attackers) vs. blue team (defenders) exercise to both attack and defend a cloud production environment. Teams compete to see who can protect their environment the longest, and success depends on the extent to which they can successfully deploy all the skills they’ve learned in the program.

Throughout the program, video classes, programming exercises, and hands-on projects form the backbone of the learning experience. The overarching goal is for students to fully absorb critical cloud-native security concepts, so that they can advance their careers as security engineers, and fully embrace the security mindset. To succeed in the program, students will need to have intermediate Python experience and a basic understanding of Linux and networking. The program is composed of two three-month terms, at a cost of USD $999 per term.

Enroll today to advance your cybersecurity career

The combination of Chronicle’s focus on fighting cybercrime on a global scale, Udacity’s dedication to offering groundbreaking learning opportunities in transformational fields like artificial intelligence, and the deep industry expertise of all our Cybersecurity Nanodegree program contributors, makes this an unrivaled training opportunity that will enable graduates to launch and advance successful careers as security professionals, and become the kind of security-minded engineers that are so in demand across all industries, and which the world so desperately needs.

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