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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.

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Cyber Security Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

Cyber Security Technologist

This occupation is found in all sectors where information is held digitally and where that information is an asset that needs to be protected including but not limited to finance retail, telecoms, health, media, manufacturing and local authorities.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide first-line cyber security support. This requires individuals to monitor and detect potential security threats and escalate as necessary and to support secure and uninterrupted business operations of an organisation through the implementation of cyber security mechanisms and the application of cyber security procedures and controls. To contribute to the delivery of a security culture across an organisation, understanding vulnerabilities and threats and supporting the development of an organisation’s cyber security maturity. To apply procedures and controls to maintain security and control of an organisation, and process security requests ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability of information stored digitally.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a wide range of stakeholders including colleagues, managers, customers and internal and external suppliers. They would typically work as a member of a team; this may be office based or virtual. The employee will interact with, and influence colleagues and will have working-level contact with customers, suppliers and partners in their capacity as an individual contributor.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for supporting a cyber security function (frequently a Security Operations Centre or Network Operations Centre) working under supervision. The employee will be conducting specific cyber security tasks to define procedures and standards. Specific cyber security mechanisms and controls that an individual would be required to implement would include: patching software, installing software updates, implementing access control, configuring firewalls, security incident and event management tools (SIEM) tools and protection tools (Anti-virus, Anti-malware, Anti-spam). They will be responsible for their own activities with other resources made available to them as required. As directed, the employee will engage with specific cyber security events.

The employee will be expected to work with internal and external stakeholders under general direction. They will use discretion in identifying and responding to complex issues and assignments and will usually receive specific instructions and will have work reviewed at frequent milestones. They will be expected to determine when issues should be escalated to a higher level.

22 months including assessment

  • Technical & Physical Controls
  • Laws & Regulations
  • Security Operations
  • Standards & Framework
  • Identity & Access Management
  • Asset Management
  • Security Event Management
  • Computer Forensics
  • Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity
  • Security Culture & Awareness
  • Audits, Assurance and Ethics
  • Threats & Vulnerabilities

Cyber Security Technologist Apprenticeship Level 4

Cyber Security Technologist Risk Analyst

Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist – 3 pathways:

  • Cyber Security Risk Analyst
  • Cyber Security Engineer
  • Cyber Security Defender & Responder

This occupation is found in all sectors and organisations that employ technology, for example, Digital, Telecoms, Technology, Business Services, Defence, Government, Finance, Health, Retail, Critical National Infrastructure, Transport, Automotive sectors; and in all types and sizes of an organisation including large corporates, public sector bodies, academic institutions, charities, and small and medium enterprise (SME).

The broad purpose of the occupation is to apply an understanding of cyber security to protect organisations, systems, information, personal data and people from attacks and unauthorised access.

Fighting cyber security threats is a multi-billion-pound industry and one that continues to grow as threats from the likes of malware, ransomware, phishing, DDoS attacks and hacking increase. Organisations both large and small are turning to cyber security professionals to help them keep their commercial and financial data, websites, infrastructure sites and their customers’ details safe.

With almost all personal data now stored online, cyber security attacks have the potential to completely ruin businesses – not to mention people’s lives – in the process. There are often

news stories about high-profile attacks, such as those on the NHS, Yahoo and LinkedIn, meaning that organisations are becoming increasingly concerned with any potential leaks that could occur. In fact, nearly half of all UK businesses experienced some form of attack in the last 12 months. As a cyber-security technologist, you will be part of the response to those attacks.

Cyber Security Technologists all require an understanding of security concepts and techniques and how to mitigate risks arising from threats. The specific tasks undertaken vary depending on what needs to be achieved by the team at any particular time. Some tasks may be very technical, others may be more analytical, business or user-focused. All roles in this occupation work to achieve required cyber security outcomes in a legal and regulatory context in all parts of the economy. They develop and apply practical knowledge of information security to deliver solutions that fulfil an organisation’s requirements.

The Cyber Security Technologist standard has three distinct options. At the end of the apprenticeship you will be competent in either:

1) The Cyber Security Engineer is the most technology-focused role in the occupation and will typically design, build and test secure networks or security products or systems with a particular focus on the security aspects of the design.

Typical job titles include Cyber Security Engineer, Cyber Security Consultant, Cyber Security Architect, Cyber Security Analyst, Cyber Security Specialist, IT Security Technician, Embedded Engineer.

2) The Cyber Risk Analyst Focuses on risk assessment, analysis and giving advice on risk mitigations. The roles may support formal security governance, regulatory & compliance (GRC).

Typical job titles include Cyber Security Consultant, Cyber Security Analyst, Cyber Risk Analyst, Intelligence Researcher, Cyber Security Specialist, Information Security Analyst, Governance & Compliance Analyst, Information Security Assurance & Threat Analyst, Information Security Auditor.

3) The Cyber Defender & Responder is more operationally focused, configuring and operating secure systems to prevent security breaches or monitoring systems to detect and respond to security breaches.

Typical job titles include Cyber Security Analyst, Cyber Security Operator, Forensics & Incident Response Analyst, Cyber Security Administrator, Information Security Officer, Secure Operations Centre (SOC) Analyst, Network Intrusion Analyst, Incident Response Centre (IRC) Analyst, Network Operations Centre (NOC) Security Analyst.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a broad range of people from their own organisation and externally including suppliers and customers, technical specialists, non-specialists, peers and senior representatives. The roles are typically office or computer room/lab-based. Some employers will also have security clearance requirements, which may impose residency or nationality restrictions. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for their own work, work as part of a team including different levels of technical and non-technical skills, and may also be required to supervise work, budgets and other staff.

22 months including assessment

  • Technical & Physical Controls
  • Laws & Regulations
  • Security Operations
  • Standards & Framework
  • Identity & Access Management
  • Asset Management
  • Security Event Management
  • Cyber Security Audits
  • Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity
  • Security Culture & Awareness
  • Audits, Assurance and Ethics
  • Threats & Vulnerabilities

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How it works

Off the job training
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

CyberPRO® are cyber security professionals with over 20 years of experience protecting businesses and data.

We operate across the UK, Europe and Asia from our hub at MediaCityUK 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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