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cyber security apprenticeships

UK GOVERNMENT FUNDED
CYBER SECURITY TRAINING APPRENTICESHIPS

With government funding and regional incentives covering up to 100% of the training costs and bonus payments for hiring new apprentices, cyber security apprenticeships are one of the best value ways to build cyber security skills in your workplace.

cyber security apprenticeship

Cyber Security Technologist

Cyber Security Technologist

Cyber Security Technologist apprentices will gain technical knowledge in areas such as security design and architecture, security testing, investigations and response and an understanding of current cyber threats, hazards and risks and how to apply the necessary controls, measures and mitigation to protect an organisation’s systems and people.  Apprentices will develop and apply practical knowledge of information security to deliver solutions that fulfil an organisation’s requirements.

Apprentices must:

Successfully complete five knowledge modules:

  • Cyber Security Introduction
  • Network and Digital Communications Theory
  • Security Case Development
  • Security Technology Building Blocks
  • Employment of Cryptography

Submit a portfolio of evidence showing how they have applied the knowledge from these modules to projects and activities in their workplace.

Complete their formal End Point Assessment which includes:

  • a synoptic project to showcase knowledge and skills from across the apprenticeship
  • a review of their portfolio of evidence
  • a final interview with an independent EPA assessor

Upon completion of their Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship, individuals will be able to:

  • discover (through a mix of research and practical exploration) vulnerabilities in a system
  • analyse and evaluate security threats and hazards to a system or service or processes
  • demonstrate the use of relevant external sources of threat intelligence or advice (e.g. CERT UK)
  • research and investigate some common attack techniques and recommend how to defend against them
  • demonstrate the use of relevant external sources of vulnerabilities (e.g. OWASP)
  • undertake a security risk assessment for a simple system without direct supervision and propose basic remediation advice in the context of the employer
  • source and analyse a security case (e.g. a Common Criteria Protection Profile for a security component) and describe what threats, vulnerability or risks are mitigated and
  • identify any residual areas of concern
  • develop a simple security case without supervision
    identify and follow organisational policies and standards for information and cyber security
  • operate according to service level agreements or employer defined performance targets
  • investigate different views of the future (using more than one external source) and trends in a relevant technology area and describe what this might mean for your business

Upon completion of their Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship, individuals will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of networks: data, protocols and how they relate to each other; the main routing protocols; the main factors affecting network performance including typical failure modes in protocols and approaches to error control.
  • Understand at a deeper level than from Knowledge Module 1, how to build a security case: describe what good practice in design is; describe common security architectures; be aware of reputable security architectures that incorporates hardware and software components, and sources of architecture patterns and guidance. Understand how to build a security case including context, threats, justifying the selected mitigations and security controls with reasoning and recognising the dynamic and adaptable nature of threats.
  • Understand how cyber security technology components are typically deployed in networks and systems to provide security functionality including: hardware and software
  • Understand the basics of cryptography – can describe the main techniques, the significance of key management, appreciate the legal issues

Upon completion of their Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship, individuals focusing on the technical side will also be able to:

  • design, build, test and troubleshoot a network incorporating more than one subnet with static and dynamic routes, that includes servers, hubs, switches, routers and user devices to a given design requirement without supervision
  • analyse security requirements (functional and non-functional security requirements that may be presented in a security case) against other design requirements (e.g. usability, cost, size, weight, power, heat, supportability etc.), given for a given system or product
  • design and build a simple system in accordance with a simple security case
  • select and configure relevant types of common security hardware and software components to implement a given security policy
  • design a system employing a crypto to meet defined security objectives
  • logical and creative thinking skills
  • analytical and problem solving skills
  • ability to work independently and to take responsibility
  • can use own initiative
  • a thorough and organised approach
  • ability to work with a range of internal and external people
  • ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations
  • maintain productive, professional and secure working environment

Apprentices will achieve 5 BCS qualifications.

This is a level 4 apprenticeship

16 months including assessment

Cyber Security Technologist (Risk Analyst)

Cyber Security Technologist Risk Analyst

Cyber Security Technologist (Risk Analyst) apprentices will gain an understanding of current cyber threats, hazards and risks and how to apply the necessary controls, measures and mitigation to protect an organisation’s systems and people. They will learn about cyber security risk, governance and compliance, including frameworks and relevant laws and regulations.  Apprentices will develop and apply practical knowledge of information security to deliver solutions that fulfil an organisation’s requirements.

Apprentices must:

Successfully complete seven knowledge modules:

  • Cyber Security Introduction,
  • Network and Digital Communications Theory,
  • Security Case Development,
  • Security Technology Building Blocks,
  • Employment of Cryptography,
  • Risk Assessment and Governance,
  • Organisation, Law, Regulation and Standards.

Submit a portfolio of evidence showing how they have applied the knowledge from these modules to projects and activities in their workplace.

Complete their formal End Point Assessment, which comprises:

  • a synoptic project to showcase knowledge and skills from across the apprenticeship
  • a review of their portfolio of evidence
  • a final interview with an independent EPA assessor.

Upon completion of their Cyber Security Technologist (Risk Analyst) apprenticeship, individuals will be able to:

  • discover (through a mix of research and practical exploration) vulnerabilities in a system
  • analyse and evaluate security threats and hazards to a system or service or processes
  • demonstrate use of relevant external sources of threat intelligence or advice (e.g. CERT UK)
  • research and investigate some common attack techniques and recommend how to defend against them
  • demonstrate use of relevant external sources of vulnerabilities (e.g. OWASP)
  • undertake a security risk assessment for a simple system without direct supervision and propose basic remediation advice in the context of the employer
  • source and analyse a security case (e.g. a Common Criteria Protection Profile for a security component) and describe what threats, vulnerability or risks are mitigated and identify any residual areas of concern
  • develop a simple security case without supervision
  • identify and follow organisational policies and standards for information and cyber security
  • operate according to service level agreements or employer defined performance targets
  • investigate different views of the future (using more than one external source) and trends in a relevant technology area and describe what this might mean for your business

Upon completion of their Cyber Security Technologist (Risk Analyst) apprenticeship, individuals will:

  • understand why cyber security matters and the importance to business and society
  • understand concepts such as security, identity, confidentiality, integrity, availability, threat, vulnerability, risk and hazard
  • understand security assurance (can explain what assurance is for in security, and ‘trustworthy’ versus ‘trusted’) and how assurance may be achieved in practice (can explain what penetration testing is and how it contributes to assurance; and extrinsic assurance methods)
  • understand how to build a security case
  • describe the fundamental building blocks and typical architectures and identify some common vulnerabilities in networks and systems
  • describe the main types of common attack techniques; also the role of human behaviour
  • explain how attack techniques combine with motive and opportunity to become a threat
  • describe ways to defend against attack techniques
  • describe security standards, regulations and their consequences across at least two sectors; the role of criminal and other law; key relevant features of UK and international law
  • describe and know how to apply relevant techniques for horizon scanning including use of recognised sources of threat intelligence
  • describe the significance of identified trends in cyber security and understand the value and risk of this analysis

Upon completion of their Cyber Security Technologist (Risk Analyst) apprenticeship, individuals focusing on the technical side will also be able to:

  • conduct a cyber-risk assessment against an externally (market) recognised cyber security standard using a recognised risk assessment methodology
  • identify threats relevant to a specific organisation and/or sector
  • develop an information security policy or process to address an identified risk
  • develop an information security policy within a defined scope to take account of a minimum of 1 law or regulation relevant to cyber security
  • take an active part in a security audit against a recognised cyber security standard, undertake a gap analysis and make recommendations for remediation
  • develop an incident response plan for approval (within an organisations governance arrangements for incident response)
  • develop a business continuity plan for approval (within an organisations governance arrangements for business continuity)
  • assess security culture using a recognised approach
  • design and implement a simple ‘security awareness’ campaign to address a specific aspect of a security culture
  • logical and creative thinking skills
  • analytical and problem solving skills
  • ability to work independently and to take responsibility
  • can use own initiative
  • a thorough and organised approach
  • ability to work with a range of internal and external people
  • ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations
  • maintain productive, professional and secure working environment

Apprentices will achieve 7 BCS qualifications.

This is a level 4 apprenticeship

16 months including assessment

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How it works

Off the job training
Mentoring
Masterclasses
Online learning
Skills Coach
Virtual labs

Cyber Security Apprenticeship FAQs

Can I start a cyber security apprenticeship during COVID lockdown, social distancing restrictions or furlough?

Yes.  Provisions have been put into place to deliver apprenticeship training and tutor support virtually.

In fact, we offer 2 types of cyber security apprenticeship programme. One of which is an initial 13 week virtual training bootcamp, which may be perfect for furloughed or remote working employees.

Who can do an apprenticeship?

Anyone aged over 16 in England who is employed, spends at least 50% of working time in England and is not already in full-time education.  Apprenticeships are for new employees and also upskilling current employees. There is no age limit on apprenticeships.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed to train people for specific job roles. Apprentices get a paying job with valuable training while they work towards a nationally recognised apprenticeship standard.

What counts as off-the-job training?

  • Off-the-job training must make up at least 20% of the apprentice’s normal working hours (paid hours excluding overtime) over the planned duration of the apprenticeship.
  • Off-the-job training can be delivered in the apprentice’s normal workplace, at an external location or virtually.
  • Progress reviews and on-programme assessment do not count towards 20% off-the-job training.
  • Teaching new knowledge, skills and behaviours relevant to the apprenticeship standard, within the apprentice’s normal working hours (paid hours excluding overtime).
  • Could include:
    • Master Class / Classroom
    • e-book/e-learning/labs
    • Interactive workbook
    • Virtual classroom
    • Assignments
    • Professional qualification study
    • Practical Training (eg shadowing / mentoring)
    • Job Rotation
    • Simulation / role play
    • Research
    • Completion of reflective learning log
    • Learning and Support sessions
    • Gateway preparation

Can ‘off-the job’ training be done in apprentice’s own time?

An apprenticeship is a work-based programme so all off-the-job training must take place within the apprentice’s normal working hours*. If planned off-the-job training is unable to take place, it must be rearranged. Apprentices may choose to spend additional time training outside paid hours, but this must not be required to complete the apprenticeship.

*excluding overtime

Why choose us

Part of The Specialists Hub, CyberPRO® are cyber security professionals with over 20 years experience protecting businesses and data.

We operate across the UK, Europe and Asia from our hub at Manchester Airport, where we also run our CyberPRO Training Academy, developing the next generation of cyber security professionals.

We are passionate about what we do and love supporting our clients, students and apprentices.

  • We are specialists in cyber security services and training – that’s what we do! 
  • Our trainers are also industry practitioners with first hand cyber security experience. 
  • Our CEO chairs the Cyber Expert Group for the Greater Manchester Cyber Resilience Centre. 
  • We offer flexible apprenticeship training programmes to suit employers needs.

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