Learn modern cloud-native cybersecurity skills with a new program built in collaboration with Chronicle.

Today marks a significant milestone for a journey that began on April 20, 2018. On that day, Sebastian Thrun spoke at the annual RSA Conference, and announced that Udacity would be building and launching a new Nanodegree program focused on cybersecurity. A key component of that announcement was our call for collaborators:

“To the leaders in this field, we are extending the opportunity to join us. Your organization, together with Udacity, can help shape the future of cybersecurity training, and nurture the world’s most advanced pipeline of highly-qualified cybersecurity talent.”

Today, we are excited to unveil our new Cybersecurity Nanodegree program, built in collaboration with Chronicle, and featuring contributions from leading security experts at Facebook, Microsoft, Visa, and VMware.

Cybersecurity training that can stay ahead of the threats

The launch of this program represents a critical step forward in the battle against global cybercrime. Through our cross-industry collaboration with Chronicle, we are creating something desperately needed in our world today—cybersecurity training that can stay ahead of the threats. In this new program, Chronicle’s bleeding-edge expertise at applying planet-scale computing and analytics to security operations, and Udacity’s agile and dynamic learning platform, combine to offer a compact and groundbreaking training opportunity found nowhere else in the world.

The time is right for this program, and there has never been a greater need for new talent to enter this field.

“In this day and age, when our reliance on networked systems is higher than ever and the gap between talent and demand is growing faster and faster, cross-industry collaboration is critical to the future of our society. The time to address this problem is now, and this partnership with Udacity will take us one step closer to achieving our common goal.” —Mike Wiacek, Co-Founder, CSO, Chronicle

The need for qualified cybersecurity talent

As the number and complexity of cyber attacks increases around the world, demand for qualified security professionals continues to rise dramatically. The recently-released Global Information Security Workforce Study predicts that there will be 1.8 million open cybersecurity jobs by 2022, and the U.S. Department of Labor anticipates security-related job growth rates of 28% over the next decade. As striking as these numbers are, they are conservative by many estimates. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts 3.5 million cybersecurity job openings by 2021, and ISACA forecasts a global shortage of two million cybersecurity professionals by as early as next year.

No matter which forecasts come to fruition, the challenges are inescapable, and the demand is very real—the world needs trained cybersecurity professionals, and for those who possess the right skills, the opportunities are nearly limitless.

“We need to build more cybersecurity expertise everywhere to meet the growing demand for security skills. I’m glad to see Udacity’s work on their Cybersecurity Nanodegree program, particularly the input from the technology industry. I wish I had this type of program available when I was starting my career in security.” —Aanchal Gupta, Director of Security, Facebook

The opportunity to help the world address its security challenges, while simultaneously supporting a new generation of security talent to acquire the valuable and in-demand skills necessary to enter the field, is why we created this program in the first place, and it’s why we’re here today, getting ready to open our classroom to the security professionals of the future.

Our expert collaborators and contributors

To build the best curriculum possible, and to create the most compelling and valuable real-world projects, we’ve assembled an outstanding team of cybersecurity experts to provide input for our program. Their invaluable contributions serve to ensure that our students learn broadly-applicable skills valued across a wide range of fields and industries. These experts include:

  • Mike Wiacek, Co-Founder and Chief Security Officer of Chronicle, and the entire Chronicle team
  • Aanchal Gupta, Director of Security at Facebook
  • Ashish Jaiman, Director of Cybersecurity at Microsoft
  • Swapnil Deshmukh, Senior Director of Cybersecurity at Visa
  • Wael Ghandour, Lead Security Engineer at VMWare
  • Ariel Kirson, Security Development Lifecycle Executive

Learn how your employees can advance their cybersecurity knowledge

The combination of Chronicle’s focus on fighting cybercrime on a global scale, Udacity’s dedication to offering groundbreaking learning opportunities in transformational fields like artificial intelligence, and the deep industry expertise of all our Cybersecurity Nanodegree program contributors, makes this an unrivaled training opportunity that will enable graduates to launch and advance successful careers as security professionals, and become the kind of security-minded engineers that are so in demand across all industries, and which the world so desperately needs.

To learn how Udacity for Enterprise can help your company with its cybersecurity issues, please go to udacity.com/enterprise.