Cyber Security English Apprenticeship English Funding

Further Details
Course Code
MY10300
Location
Distance Learning
Duration
Part Time, 18 month apprenticeship, then following a referral to BCS through their gateway scheme, apprentices will have a 3 month end-point assessment periodDay release – one day a week (day to be confirmed) online attendance and delivery 9:00-16:00 from September 2022
Department
Digital Technologies, Computing & IT
Start Date
Roll On, Roll Off
End Date
Roll On, Roll Off

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Course Overview
This is an English Standards Apprenticeship.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for supporting a cyber security function working under supervision. The employee will be conducting specific cyber security tasks to defined procedures and standards.

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.

Job roles which this may be suitable for include :

● Access control administrator
● Cyber security administrator
● Incident response technician
● Junior information security analyst
● Junior penetration tester
● Junior security analyst
● Junior security operations centre analyst
● Junior threat and risk analyst

Content

You will study the following topics one day a week, sessions will be a mix between theoretical delivery of knowledge and labs (practical activities on a virtual machine online) :

● Threat hazards, risk and intelligence
● Security threats
● Maintaining security and control of an organisation
● Cyber security mechanisms and controls: patching software, installing software updates, implementing access control, configuring firewalls
● Security incident and event management tools (SIEM) tools and protection tools Information security policy and procedure

Duties required by the occupational standards for this apprenticeship include :

● Understanding access controls and organisational security procedures
● How to develop an information security/cyber security aware culture and aid in the promotion of cyber security awareness programmes.
● Process cyber security helpdesk requests ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of digital information.
● Meeting relevant legal requirements
● Conduct the installation and maintenance of technical security controls in accordance with relevant procedures and standards.
● Monitor, identify, report, and escalate information security incidents and events in accordance with relevant procedures and standards.
● Administer cryptographic and certificate management activities in accordance with relevant procedures and standards.
● Conduct regular review of access rights to digital information assets in accordance with relevant procedures and standards.
● Maintain an asset register of controlled environments in accordance with relevant policies, procedures and standards.
● Assist with backup and recovery processes in accordance with relevant policies, procedures and standards.
● Contribute to documenting the scope and evaluating the results of vulnerability assessments in accordance with management requirements.
● Contribute to risk assessments and escalate where appropriate in accordance with relevant procedures and standards.
● Contribute to routine threat intelligence gathering tasks.
● Document incident and event information and incident, exception and management reports in accordance with relevant policies, procedures and standards.
● Contribute towards the production and review of cyber security policies, procedures, standards and guidelines drawing on their experience of applying policies for example - acceptable use, incident management, patching, anti-virus, bring your own device (BYOD), access control, social media, password, data handling and data classification, information technology asset disposal
● Monitor cyber security compliance and provide relevant data to auditors if required by the auditor.
● Collaborate with people both internally and externally to support secure and uninterrupted business operations of an organisation.
● Monitor and detect potential security threats and escalate in accordance with relevant procedures and standards.

Delivery methods include :

● Practical demonstrations
● Work-based projects
● Written assessments
● Portfolio
● Observations
● End point assessment

English and Maths Functional Skills

Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths Functional Skills will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Spaces are limited, so apply today!
Assessment methods
Ongoing mock tests and progress points. The end point assessment at the end of the 18 month training period, will be facilitated through the British Computer Society (BCS) and includes three different assessment tasks.

● Assessment method 1 : Scenarios – The scenarios will be presented and the apprentice will be observed carrying out four practical activities e.g. The apprentice may be asked to perform a cyber security operational task such as applying a security patch. Next they may be asked to read a cyber security vulnerability assessment and recommend how to mitigate the problems. In the third task, the apprentice may be asked to demonstrate how to identify and respond to a cyber security event of interest. Finally, they will be asked to perform a risk management related task.
● Assessment method 2 : Professional Discussion – This will be a 60 minute discussion with an independent assessor.
● Assessment method 3 : Knowledge test – The test will be computer based and consists of 40 closed response questions (e.g. multiple-choice questions). Apprentices will have a maximum of 60 minutes to complete the test. The test is closed book which means that the apprentice cannot refer to reference books or materials.
Typically these will include five GCSEs, (including English, Mathematics and a STEM subject); a relevant Level 2 Apprenticeship; other qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on IT Skills.
Developing your cyber security skills and knowledge can help you to further develop your career along the lines that you are interested in. It can help enable you to further progress into the main 16 specialisms of cyber security –
● Digital Forensics
● Threat Intelligence
● Incident Response
● Vulnerability Management
● Network Monitoring & Intrusion Detection
● Security Testing
● Data Protection & Privacy Management
● Cryptography & Communications Security
● Identity & Access ManagementSecure Operations
● Secure Development
● Secure Architecture & Design
● Cyber Security Risk Assessment & Management
● Cyber Security Audit & Assurance
● Cyber Security Control &
● Management
● Cyber Security generalist
Banding £11,000
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