Aimed at addressing the rising need for cybersecurity professionals, the lifelong learning platform, Udacity, has launched the all-new Introduction to Cybersecurity Nanodegree program — offered in collaboration with SecurityScorecard — a great start for anyone interested in this critical field. With this, Udacity not only acknowledges the need for safeguarding data integrity but also envisions preparing the workforce to tackle the cybersecurity paradigm.
Leading global organizations, irrespective of their scale, industry, geography, or technical sophistication, have seen data breaches in recent years. The work-from-home culture in the new normal has only worsened the scenario for organizations who are now grappling with end-point security issues. Even the World Health Organization has reported a surge in malicious web activities during the ongoing crisis, thereby highlighting the dire requirement for robust cybersecurity.
The introductory training program equips the participants with the right foundational knowledge to pursue additional development in the same field. It is also well-suited for IT professionals, engineering managers or even students with little knowledge of the domain looking to supplement their existing skillset.
The project-based Nanodegree program offers four courses: 'Cybersecurity Foundations'; 'Defending and Securing Systems'; 'Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Incident Response' and 'Governance, Risk, and Compliance.' The project-learning-led course structure designed by industry experts will allow learners to not only learn the fundamentals of cybersecurity but also get to implement and test them in a real-world context. It allows for an enhanced learning experience than the other subpar or more expensive academic or theoretical programs that do not dwell upon advanced training.
“Our goal at Udacity is to train the world’s workforce in the in-demand careers of the future, and cybersecurity is a critical industry that’s experiencing a significant gap between demand for and supply of qualified professionals,” said Alper Tekin, Chief Product Officer at Udacity. “We’re excited and proud to partner with SecurityScorecard to bring practical cybersecurity skills training to students and companies across all industries, to answer the massive demand for cybersecurity professionals.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Udacity to bring easily accessible cybersecurity education to the public,” said Aleksandr Yampolskiy, CEO and co-founder of SecurityScorecard, the global leader in security ratings. “Our company mission is to make the world a safer place. By partnering with Udacity we are making additional progress on this journey and helping to facilitate the development of future and current cybersecurity professionals. The world needs skilled security practitioners and we’re happy to join Udacity in this endeavour.”