Launch your career into Cybersecurity

What is Cybersecurity?

Cyber Security is a term all of us might have come across, regardless of our familiarity with it. Everything on the web is a part of cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity is a form of technology and process designed to protect networks, programs, and data from different forms of malicious attacks on the internet. Almost 90% of the businesses we have today run on and are successful because of the internet. So it is imperative to have a technology to make it secure for data to exist on the web. This is pretty evident by the amount of capital invested in cybersecurity technologies. The investment made in this field, according to data:

$71.1 billion in 2014 (7.9% over 2013), and $75 billion in 2015 (4.7% from 2014) and expected to reach $101 billion by 2018.

Why do we need Cybersecurity?

The relevance of cybersecurity will only continue to increase, and it is pretty obvious as the nature of cyberspace is constantly evolving. The ever-evolving nature of cyberspace requires that has complex threats aimed towards it need robust technologies for tackling them. Cyber threats range from a variety of malicious programs that attack in different ways ranging from phishing, social engineering, malware etc. What does the Cybersecurity Nanodegree program entail?

Udacity has carefully devised a ‘Become a Security Engineer’ Nanodegree program that provides a perfect blend of technologies and knowledge needed to understand the problems of the cyberspace. It is a collaborative effort with Chronicle, Alphabet’s X cybersecurity moonshot. The Nanodegree program appropriately highlights the current trends in cybersecurity. The program progresses with keeping in mind the beginner level mindset of our learners and starting the learning journey from scratch.

The course content loaded with real-life projects that will give an in-depth experience to our students. The Nanodegree program consists of 2 terms. Projects in which you will you will learn about the infrastructure of the cloud and learn how to launch your very own server instance. The second project takes a more advanced dive into the world of cloud computing by introducing the concepts of DNS, load-balancing and learn to use Terraform, a tool that allows the user to alter infrastructures. After an extensive introduction to cloud infrastructure, we move on to the ways to create a layer of security over it by employing various security configurations. Learn to identify security gaps, and maintain a security-mindset when creating a cloud architecture. Despite the various techniques deployed into securing the cloud infrastructure, there still remain some vulnerabilities. Term 2 focuses purely on getting rid of these vulnerabilities and strengthen our network. It concludes with a special collaborative project in which you will team up with your fellow classmates to attack and defend a cloud production environment. Pretty cool, right?

Our contributors:

We have collaborated and brought in the expertise of various cybersecurity stalwarts to provide our students with the best learning experience backed up by the industry. 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 The career prospects in Cybersecurity: According to a report, many workers claim that their systems are very prone to get attacked and might find it difficult to recover. This creates a great dearth for skilled individuals in this field. As an individual skilled in cyber security you can find yourself take up various positions. It is a very vast field. Some of the common positions that this area entails are:

  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Architect

The vastness of cybersecurity fuels many big industries like:

  • Banking/Finance/Insurance
  • Information Technology/Management
  • Government (Defense)
  • Government (Nondefense)
  • Consulting/Professional Services

Since these industries hold a lot of public and private data so cyber attacks are pretty common for them. So the deployment of adept individuals is super crucial in maintaining the integrity and trust through really secure cyber technologies. Hence, it creates a huge demand for cybersecurity specialists.

Build your career in Cybersecurity today


Udacity’s collaborative effort with Chronicle aims at a bigger goal. The goal to provide a hasslefree and secure maintenance of the web. As a cybersecurity engineer, you too become a part of this mission and feed in a valuable effort to battle against global cybercrime.

If you too get excited by the entire cyberspace realm then this is the right field for you. Enroll in Udacity’s Cybersecurity Nanodegree program today and become a cyber-hero!