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Security Analyst

Nanodegree Program

The goal of the Security Analyst Nanodegree Program is to equip students with the skills required to be successful in an analyst role.

The goal of the Security Analyst Nanodegree Program is to equip students with the skills required to be successful in an analyst role.


4 months

Real-world Projects

Completion Certificate

Last Updated May 12, 2023

Skills you'll learn:
Intrusion detection systems • Threat modeling • Splunk • Security information and event management
Basic Python • IT architecture diagramming • Database design

Courses In This Program

Course 1 45 minutes

Welcome to the Security Analyst Nanodegree Program

Course 2 4 weeks

Fundamentals of Defending Systems

In this course, you will begin your exploration into the role of a security analyst. You will learn about the core principles and philosophies that drive work in the security field. Then, you will discover physical, logical, and administrative controls, their industry-recognized frameworks, and how to apply them to secure a network, system, or application. Lastly, you will apply security concepts to create defensible, resilient network architecture.

Course 3 4 weeks

Analyzing Security Threats

In this course, you’ll start by exploring the current threat landscape and identifying both threats and threat actors that organizations face. You will learn about the OWASP Top 10 and that they pose a critical threat to organizations. Then, you’ll learn all of the ways to mitigate threats, including the OWASP Top 10. Lastly, you’ll learn what threat modeling is and build your own threat models.

Course 4 4 weeks

Assessing Vulnerabilities and Reducing Risk

In this course, you will learn how security analysts address system vulnerabilities in order to reduce organizational risk. You will first learn about vulnerabilities, their characteristics, as well as their dynamic lifecycle. You will then explore the ways analysts assess vulnerabilities, including reviewing and administering scanning tools and utilities. You will learn how to measure the risks associated with discovered vulnerabilities. Lastly, you will review ways to communicate risk in order to plan remediation and mitigation activities.

Taught By The Best

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Richard Phung


Richard is an SSCP, CISSP, and CIPP/US with over a decade of enterprise systems administration experience, working with businesses to meet the demands of a continually evolving threat landscape. Richard holds a BA in Psychology from Hendrix College and a Master's of Education from Lesley University.

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Chris Herdt


Chris is a Security Analyst at the University of Minnesota and an Adjunct Instructor at Dunwoody College, specializing in network security, web application security and Linux operating system security. He has a Master's Degree of Computer and Information Technology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Milind Adari


Milind Adari is a Security Engineer at The Associated Press and an Adjunct Instructor at Columbia University. He is responsible for protecting journalists all around the world from malicious threat actors and state-sponsored attacks, all the while educating students and professionals in cybersecurity.

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