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    24 months

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Course Overview

Role Profile: A cyber security technical professional operates in business or technology / engineering functions across a range of sectors of the economy including critical national infrastructure (such as energy, transport, water, finance), public and private, large and small. They will normally operate with a considerable degree of autonomy and will lead teams which research, analyse, model, assess and manage cyber security risks; design, develop, justify, manage and operate secure solutions; and detect and respond to incidents. They work in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, standards and ethics.

Typical Job Roles: Cyber Risk Manager; Cyber Risk Analyst; Cyber Research Analyst; Cyber Incident Manager; Cyber Security Engineer; Cyber Security Design Engineer.

Course Highlights

Technical Competencies                                             Technical Knowledge and Understanding               
1: N/A Foundations of cyber security, its significance, concepts, threats, vulnerabilities and assurance.
2: Design, build, configure, optimise, test and troubleshoot simple and complex networks. Network foundations, connections, internetworking, protocols, standards, performance, security and server virtualisation.
3: Apply statistical techniques to large data sets. Identify vulnerabilities in big data architectures and deployment. Information management, big data concepts, statistical techniques, database concepts and data quality.
4: Build test and debug a digital system to a specification. Computer architecture, digital logic, machine level representation of data.
5: Configure an Operating System in accordance with security policy. Identify threats and features. Operating System principles, architectures, features, mechanisms, security features and exploits.
6: Write, test, debug programs in high and low level languages and scripts. Algorithm and program design, concepts, compilers and logic. Programming languages.
7: Design, implement and analyse algorithms. Algorithms, complexity and discrete maths.
8: Construct software to interact with the real world and analyse for security exploits. How software interacts with the hardware and real world environment and security issues.
9: Analyse malware & identify its mechanisms. Malware, reverse engineering, obfuscation.
10: Apply secure programming principles and design patterns to address security issues. Defensive programming, malware resistance, code analysis, formal methods, good practice.
11: Apply system engineering and software development methodologies and models. System development principles, tools, approaches, complexity, software engineering.
12: Discover, identify and analyse threats, attack techniques, vulnerabilities and mitigations. Threats, vulnerabilities, impacts and mitigations in ICT systems and the enterprise environment.
13: Assess culture & individual responsibilities. Human dimensions of cyber security.
14: Undertake ethical system reconnaissance and intelligence analysis. Structured and ethical intelligence analysis, methods, techniques.
15: Undertake risk modelling, analysis and trades. Management of cyber security risk, tools and techniques.
16: Undertake risk assessment to an external standard. Quantitative & qualitative risk management theory & practice, role of risk stakeholders.
17: Apply a management system and develop an information security management plan. Concepts & benefits of security management systems, governance & international standards.
18: Configure and use security technology components and key management. Security components: how they are used for security / business benefit. Crypto & key management.
19: Design & evaluate a system to a security case. How to compose a justified security case.
20: Architect, analyse & justify a secure system. Understand security assurance, how to achieve it and how to apply security principles
21: Develop an assurance strategy. Assurance concepts & approaches.
22: Security monitoring, analysis and intrusion detection. Recognise anomalies & behaviours. How to diagnose cause from observables. Application of SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) tools & techniques.
23: Manage intrusion response, including with 3rd parties. Cyber incident response, management, escalation, investigation & 3rd party involvement.
24: N/A Legal, regulatory, compliance & standards environment.
25: Organise testing & investigation work in accordance with legal & ethical requirements. Applicability of laws regulations & ethical standards.
26: Develop & apply information security policy to implement legal or regulatory requirements. Legal responsibilities of system owners, users, employers, employees.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

Possibility of full-time employment after successful completion of apprenticeship.


BSC (Hons) Cyber Security Technical Professional Degree. Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths must achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Entry Requirements

individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include three ‘A’ levels, including maths, or other relevant qualifications or experience.

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