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Introduction to Cybersecurity

Get your start in the high growth field of Cybersecurity by building foundational skills in how to evaluate, maintain, and monitor the security of computer systems.
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  • Prerequisites
    Basic knowledge of network connectivity and OS fundamentals
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SYLLABUS

Introduction to Cybersecurity

Take your first step toward a career in cybersecurity and learn the skills required to become a security professional with the Introduction to Cybersecurity Nanodegree program. In this program, you will learn how to evaluate, maintain, and monitor the security of computer systems. You’ll also learn how to assess threats, respond to incidents, and implement security controls to reduce risk and meet security compliance goals.

Udacity has teamed up with the best in the field to teach you the basics of security and get you on your way towards an exciting career in the high-growth field of Cybersecurity.

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Prerequisite Knowledge

Basic knowledge of network connectivity and OS fundamentals

  • Cybersecurity Foundations

    This foundations course explains security fundamentals including core principles, critical security controls, and cybersecurity best practices. Students will also evaluate specific security techniques used to administer a system that meets industry standards and core controls, assess high-level risks, vulnerabilities, and attack vectors of a sample system, and explain ways to establish and maintain the security of different types of computer systems.

  • Defending and Securing Systems

    Gain exposure to a diverse group of technologies that will provide or enhance the skills needed to enter the cybersecurity field. You will apply best practices of Defense in Depth to secure computer systems, use outputs from security incidents to analyze and improve future network security, and search internal systems to determine network vulnerabilities. You'll also learn how to recommend mitigations to address common application vulnerabilities and ensure fundamental encryption techniques for securing data at rest and in transit.

  • Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Incident Response

    During this course, you will learn how to identify security threats and gaps, fix issues, and respond to inevitable attacks. You'll be able to explain the relationship between threats, threat actors, vulnerabilities, and exploits, leverage the MITRE ATT&CK framework to understand attack methods, and distinguish events from incidents and recognize indicators of compromise.

  • Governance, Risk, and Compliance

    Cybersecurity Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) has rapidly become a critical part of an effective cybersecurity strategy. In this course, students will learn about the functions of Governance, Risk, and Compliance and how each function operates alongside operational controls to strengthen an organization’s security. Students will also learn how to assess control effectiveness, measure security risk, and ensure that organizations are meeting security compliance objectives.

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The current cybersecurity workforce gap in the U.S. is nearly 500,000 and the global gap is over 4M.
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW - WHY SHOULD I TAKE THIS PROGRAM?
  • Why should I enroll?
    Cybersecurity is a critically important field for businesses in every industry, especially given the proliferation of data breaches (more than 3.2 million records were compromised in the 10 biggest data breaches in the first half of 2020 alone). To reduce risk and improve security, businesses are rushing to hire for cybersecurity roles, yet there's projected to be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021. The Introduction to Cybersecurity Nanodegree program will equip you with the foundational skills to get started in this highly in-demand field.

    Graduates of this program will be able to:
    • Evaluate specific security techniques used to administer a system that meets industry standards and core controls.
    • Explain methods for establishing and maintaining the security of a network, computing environment, and application.
    • Apply control techniques to secure networks, operating systems, and applications.
    • Conduct threat assessments and vulnerability scans to secure the assets of an organization.
  • What jobs will this program prepare me for?
    While this is an introductory course that may not necessarily prepare you for a specific job, it will prepare you with the right foundation with which to pursue more specialized cybersecurity training. It also serves as a great supplement for professionals in IT, Risk Management, and Consulting to bolster their current skillset with a strong grasp of cybersecurity fundamentals.
  • How do I know if this program is right for me?
    This program is a great fit for anyone interested in building fundamental skills and knowledge in cybersecurity, such as system and network security, threat assessment, and incident response. Whether you're looking to move into a career in the field of cybersecurity, or just want to improve your own understanding of core cybersecurity skills, the Introduction to Cybersecurity Nanodegree program is for you.
ENROLLMENT AND ADMISSION
  • Do I need to apply? What are the admission criteria?
    No. This Nanodegree program accepts all applicants regardless of experience and specific background.
  • What are the prerequisites for enrollment?
    To be best prepared to succeed in this program, students should have basic familiarity or experience with:
    • Principles of network connectivity.
    • Basic operating system fundamentals including Windows or Linux.
  • If I do not meet the requirements to enroll, what should I do?
    We recommend this Linux Command Line Basics course if you'd like to learn more about the Linux OS.
TUITION AND TERM OF PROGRAM
  • How is this Nanodegree program structured?
    The Introduction to Cybersecurity Nanodegree program is comprised of content and curriculum to support four projects. Once you subscribe to a Nanodegree program, you will have access to the content and services for the length of time specified by your subscription. We estimate that students can complete the program in four months, working 10 hours per week.

    Each project will be reviewed by the Udacity reviewer network. Feedback will be provided and if you do not pass the project, you will be asked to resubmit the project until it passes.
  • How long is this Nanodegree program?
    You will have access to this Nanodegree program for as long as your subscription remains active. The estimated time to complete this program can be found on the webpage and in the syllabus, and is based on the average amount of time we project that it takes a student to complete the projects and coursework. See the Terms of Use and FAQs for other policies regarding the terms of access to our Nanodegree programs.
  • Can I switch my start date? Can I get a refund?
    Please see the Udacity Program Terms of Use and FAQs for policies on enrollment in our programs.
SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE - WHAT DO I NEED FOR THIS PROGRAM?
  • What hardware, software, and versions will I need in this program?
    For this Nanodegree program, you will need a desktop or laptop computer running recent versions of Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux and an unmetered broadband Internet connection.