CYBER SECURITY TECHNOLOGIST - LEVEL 4
Fighting cyber security threats is a multi-billion-pound industry that continues to grow as threats from the likes of malware, ransomware, phishing, DDoS attacks, and hacking increase. As a result, 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.
A Cyber Security Technologist's primary role is to apply an understanding of cyber threats, hazards, risks, controls, measures, and mitigations to protect organisations systems and people. Those focused on the technical side work on security design & architecture, security testing, investigations & response. Those focussed on the risk analysis side focus on operations, risk, governance & compliance.
COURSE OVERVIEW AND LEARNING
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. Learners develop and apply practical knowledge of information security to deliver solutions that fulfil an organisations requirement to achieve required cyber security outcomes in a legal and regulatory context in all parts of the economy.
The Cyber Security Technologist standard has three distinct options. At the end of the apprenticeship, learners 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.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this might include GCSEs, A levels, a level 2 apprenticeship or other relevant qualifications, relevant experience and/or an aptitude test with a focus on functional maths.
EMPLOYERS INVOLVED IN CREATING THE TRAILBLAZER STANDARD
QinetiQ CGI IASME Sky Siemens Dark Trace BT Fujitsu DCMS Cabinet Office JBC FoxRedRisk
FEES: Fully Funded for 16-18 years of age
Employer contribution: 5% for learners aged 19 years and above
DURATION: 24 Months