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Security Engineer

Nanodegree Program

Gain the highly sought-after skills to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems from security threats or attacks.

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  • Estimated time
    4 Months

    At 10 hours/week

  • Enroll by
    March 29, 2023

    Get access to the classroom immediately upon enrollment

  • Skills acquired
    Vulnerability Assessment, Access Management, Vulnerability Scanning

What you will learn

  1. Security Engineer

    Estimated 4 months to complete

    You’ll master the foundational skills necessary to become a successful Security Engineer. This program will focus on how to protect a company’s computer systems, networks, applications and infrastructure from security threats or attacks.

    Prerequisite knowledge

    Basics of Python, experience configuring Windows and Linux environments.

    1. Security Engineering Fundamentals

      This course introduces the fundamental concepts and practices of security engineering. These are the basic principles and properties a security engineer will apply when evaluating, prioritizing and communicating security topics. Additionally, you’ll learn about the practical applications of cryptography. You will also learn about strategies for risk evaluation, security review and audit.

    2. System Security

      In this course, you’ll start by exploring the basics of system security and its implementation at the operating system level. You will learn about implementing authentication and authorization as a means to protect access to data and services. You will also learn about detecting unauthorized changes to a system and how to effectively counter them. By the end, you will understand how to build logging, monitoring and auditing tools that can alert you to system security breaches and how to effectively counter them in a real-world case.

    3. Infrastructure Security

      In this course, you will be introduced to the industry best practices for security configurations and controls. You will perform an assessment that includes security benchmarks, configurations and controls. You will also scan the main infrastructure operating systems for vulnerabilities and produce a report based on an industry scenario. At the end of this course, you will be familiar with industry terminology and security best practices. You will also learn to perform vulnerability scans and produce industry-standard reports.

    4. Application Security

      In this course, you will learn the basics of secure web application. You will start by learning about OWASP and the Top 10 list of vulnerabilities within web applications. You will also learn how to do Static code scans using special software and even how to manually test a web application. By the end of this course you will be able to work as a security expert that can help shape the security posture of the development team to help build more secure web applications.

All our programs include

  • Real-world projects from industry experts

    With real-world projects and immersive content built in partnership with top-tier companies, you’ll master the tech skills companies want.

  • Technical mentor support

    Our knowledgeable mentors guide your learning and are focused on answering your questions, motivating you, and keeping you on track.

  • Career services

    You’ll have access to Github portfolio review and LinkedIn profile optimization to help you advance your career and land a high-paying role.

  • Flexible learning program

    Tailor a learning plan that fits your busy life. Learn at your own pace and reach your personal goals on the schedule that works best for you.

Program offerings

  • Class content

    • Real-world projects
    • Project reviews
    • Project feedback from experienced reviewers
  • Student services

    • Technical mentor support
    • Student community
  • Career services

    • Github review
    • LinkedIn profile optimization

Succeed with personalized services.

We provide services customized for your needs at every step of your learning journey to ensure your success.

Get timely feedback on your projects.

  • Personalized feedback
  • Unlimited submissions and feedback loops
  • Practical tips and industry best practices
  • Additional suggested resources to improve
  • 1,400+

    project reviewers

  • 2.7M

    projects reviewed

  • 88/100

    reviewer rating

  • 1.1 hours

    avg project review turnaround time

Learn with the best.

Learn with the best.

  • Taylor Lobb

    Head of Information Security, Clearwater Analytics

    Taylor is an information security leader with over 10 years experience building a wide range of security programs. Taylor is currently head of information security for Clearwater Analytics. Previously he was a leader in application security at Adobe.

  • Abhinav Singh

    Engineer/Consultant, Amazon Web Services

    Abhinav is a cybersecurity researcher with nearly a decade of experience working for global leaders in security technology, financial institutions and as an independent consultant. He is the author of Metasploit Penetration Testing Cookbook and Instant Wireshark Starter, as well as many papers, articles, and blogs.

  • Rod Soto

    Principal Security Research Engineer, Splunk

    Rod has over 15 years of experience in information technology and security. He has worked at Prolexic, Akamai, Caspida, and Splunk. He is the co-founder of HackMiami and the Pacific Hackers meetup and conferences.

  • Dev Badlu

    VP of Product Innovation

    Dev has worked in the cybersecurity field for more than 10 years, and is now VP of Product Innovation at one of the top cybersecurity companies. His area of expertise is red team and exploit development, with a focus on active cybersecurity defense.

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    • Learn

      Learn to protect a company’s computer systems, networks, applications and infrastructure from security threats or attacks.

    • Average Time

      On average, successful students take 4 months to complete this program.

    • Benefits include

      • Real-world projects from industry experts
      • Technical mentor support
      • Career services

    Program Details

    Program overview: Why should I take this program?
    • Why should I enroll?

      The global cybersecurity market is currently worth $173B in 2020, growing to $270B by 2026. Despite the downturn in the overall economy, businesses continue to invest in cybersecurity because the majority of the workforce is critically dependent on cyber to function. This program was designed to help you take advantage of this growing need for skilled security professionals.

    • What jobs will this program prepare me for?

      The need for a strong computer security culture in an enterprise organization is greater than ever. The skills you will gain from this Nanodegree program will qualify you for systems engineers roles in any industry as countless companies are boosting security protocols.

    • How do I know if this program is right for me?

      This course is for developers and IT professionals — with some exposure to security — who want to advance their career by diving deeper into the world of cybersecurity.

    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?

      A well-prepared learner is already able to:

      • Understand basic operating system fundamentals
      • Understand basic principles of networking
      • Follow, interpret and implement minor modifications to Python code
      • Set up a Windows environment and perform cloud configuration/management
      • Set up a Linux environment and perform system configuration/management
    • If I do not meet the requirements to enroll, what should I do?

      Students who do not feel comfortable in the above may consider taking Udacity’s Introduction to Cybersecurity course to obtain prerequisite skills.

    Tuition and term of program
    • How is this Nanodegree program structured?

      The Security Engineer Nanodegree program is comprised of content and curriculum to support four projects. We estimate that students can complete the program in four months, working about ten 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 FAQs for policies on enrollment in our programs.

    Software and hardware: What do I need for this program?
    • What software and versions will I need in this program?

      There are no software and version requirements to complete this Nanodegree program. All coursework and projects can be completed via Student Workspaces in the Udacity online classroom.

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