With more and more companies hiring to bolster their data engineering teams, data privacy is becoming more critical. Udacity is pleased to introduce the newest addition to our School of Data — the Privacy Engineer Nanodegree program. The program is designed to help engineers and other technical workers learn to implement the best practices in protecting privacy when designing products.
What Does a Privacy Engineer Do?
Privacy engineers are the technical branch of the privacy field. They’re software engineers with a specialization in maintaining the privacy of data.
Not only do privacy engineers understand the high-level definitions of privacy policies, but they can also identify weak points and suggest implementations for privacy in a product.
Typically, they work with other engineers for the technical implementations, but they also communicate with people in other departments, including product design, sales, and legal.
Inside the Privacy Engineer Nanodegree Program
The Privacy Engineer Nanodegree program will help students approach technical projects with a privacy mindset. In every step of the software development lifecycle, learners will understand how to integrate Privacy by Design into their products.
At the end of this course, students will correctly know how to implement privacy policies, identify privacy risks and recommend solutions that reduce risk and improve data protection.
To get the most out of this course, it’s important for enrollees to have intermediate knowledge of Python, as well as SQL for database interactions. Additionally, it helps for students to have a basic understanding of Typescript, although this is not required.
In as little as two months (at five hours a week), students who enroll in the Privacy Engineer Nanodegree program will learn how to ensure accurate implementation of privacy policies in an organization, evaluate data risks, recommend mechanisms to help companies comply with industry standards, and develop technical controls to help minimize data privacy risks and improve data protection.
Privacy Engineer Projects
Project 1: Designing a Privacy-protected Voting Booth Application
Students build an application for voters to track their votes in the voting booth. The application is built with privacy features such as ballot secrecy, double-voting prevention, and individual identity data protection.
Project 2: Udacity Health Care Privacy Assessment
Students will assess the privacy of Udacity Health — a web app healthcare portal. Post-assessment, students utilize K-anonymity to anonymize the dataset.
Learning from Top Privacy Engineers
To develop this program’s world-class curriculum, we collaborated with professionals from top-rated tech companies, like Palantir. Each of these collaborators contributed guidance and feedback to focus the program on the most in-demand skills. Each of the instructors has extensive privacy engineering and teaching experience.
Mihir Patil, Privacy & Civil Liberties Engineer at Palantir Technologies
Dante Avery, Principal Engineering Manager at Microsoft
Richard Phung, Information Security Analyst
If you’re an engineer (at any level) who is interested in entering the data privacy space, this is the Nanodegree program for you. This course is especially suited for software engineers, security engineers, privacy analysts, product managers and data engineers.
According to Glassdoor, privacy engineers in the United States make an average salary of $147,000 a year. Many of the top tech companies — including Google and Facebook — are actively hiring privacy engineers. If you want to become a privacy engineer, there’s never been a better time to get started.
With Udacity’s combination of project-centric learning and mentorship, there’s no better way to meet the demand than by registering today for the Privacy Engineer Nanodegree program. Enroll now to learn more!