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Introduction to Cybersecurity

SecurityScoreCard via Udacity Nanodegree


Cybersecurity is a critically important field for businesses in every industry, yet there's projected to be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021. To answer that demand, Udacity has teamed up with the best in the field to teach you the basics of security in our Introduction to Cybersecurity Nanodegree program. In this program, students will learn how to assess threats, respond to security incidents, and implement controls to reduce risk. These skills will then be put to the test as you navigate four different real world projects and graduate with a portfolio that demonstrates your mastery of cybersecurity fundamentals.
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.


  • 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.

Taught by

Ron Woerner, CISSP, CISM, Jerry Smith, Christine Izuakor, PhD, CISSP and Sean Pike, Esq., M.S.


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  • Anonymous
    As a student who is new to both IT and Cybersecurity, the content thus far has been far more challenging than I had thought. However, the teaching style and projects provide a great platform for learning and this has benefitted me greatly. I am learning...
  • Anonymous
    So far, the program is going as planned. I am doing my part to make sure I graduate and finish within the required time.
  • Anonymous
    The program is going really awesome, the concepts are clearly explained and had been a lot of reading shared so it complement really well all the things learned. It is matching perfectly my expectations so far, and the best thing is the way to learn, that I can join after work any time I want.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you in advance for all your efforts. until now the program extended my knowledge about the basic things in cybersecurity, also increased the awareness about how can I protect myself and my community from any harmful things that may happen online.
  • Anonymous
    This is the first program I took from curiosity. I think the teaching is good but the project makes it great. Udacity teaching style is very down to earth - easy to follow, to the point. I have zero knowledge in the subject but I feel I have learnt a lot.

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