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Cyber Security Technologist Level 4 Apprenticeship - Cyber Security Engineer

Course code: XMZV501P

Subject area: Apprentices

Study level: Apprenticeship

Course level: 4

Course details

Course time:

09:00 - 17:00

Days of week:


Course date:

1st Aug 2024 - 31st Jul 2025

Course location:

Off Site

Contact details


01235 216 216

The Cyber Security Technologist Apprenticeship with a focus on the Cyber Security Engineer option is designed to provide apprentices with advanced skills and knowledge in cybersecurity, focusing on engineering secure systems, managing security operations, and implementing robust defense strategies.
This apprenticeship prepares individuals for roles as cyber security engineers in various industries, equipping them to defend against cyber threats and ensure the security of digital assets.The role of a Cyber Security Engineer or Technologist is crucial in safeguarding organizations from cyber threats and requires a comprehensive skill set encompassing technical, analytical, and communication abilities. It involves proactive monitoring, analysis, and response to security incidents to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of systems and data.Duration: • 24 months practical training period, plus 4 months for End Point AssessmentDelivery model: • Work-based training with your employer • Day release during term time (approx. 36 days per year) • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required) • Off the job training will count for at least 6 hours a week of an apprentice’s time at work
Course units
The Apprenticeship is made up of key duties which the apprentice must show recognised knowledge skills and behaviours in: Identify Cyber Vulnerabilities: Assess systems to ensure security measures are effective. Identify Security Threats: Recognize and assess threats to inform risk assessments and security design. Research Attack Techniques: Investigate attack methods and propose defense strategies. Support Security Assessments and Incidents: Assist with risk assessments, audits, and incident response. Develop Security Designs: Create designs with justification to meet cyber security parameters. Configure and Deploy Security Technology: Implement cyber security tools and technologies. Develop Program Code: Write code for digital systems, including industrial control systems. Communicate Findings: Prepare reports and presentations on cyber security topics. Manage Security Operations: Oversee cyber security processes in line with policies and business needs. Participate in Simulations: Engage in cyber war gaming and simulations for training and evaluation. Stay Updated with Industry Trends: Continuously learn and develop skills in response to industry changes. Design, Build, and Test Digital Networks: Develop networks based on design requirements. Develop Security Cases: Analyze security needs and ensure compliance with laws and regulations. Implement Security Controls: Apply structured security measures based on the security case. Prevent Security Breaches: Utilize tools, techniques, and processes to protect systems from breaches.
What next?
Upon successful completion of the Cyber Security Technologist Apprenticeship, apprentices can progress to higher-level qualifications or pursue careers as: Cyber Security Engineers Security Analysts Incident Response Specialists Security Operations Center (SOC) Engineers This standard also aligns with the following professional recognition: RITTech for level 4
Entry criteria
Level 3 qualification in IT, Computer Science, or related field Strong interest in Cyber security and information technology and will need to demonstrate the ability to achieve all elements of the apprenticeship during their programme, including working in a suitable job role. Basic understanding of networking and operating systems Applicants are likely to have 5 GCSEs A*- C / 9 - 4, including Maths and English, or equivalent. If you do not have the the equivalent Maths and English grades please do contact us for advice.
Fee information
Free to apprentices. This apprenticeship has a £18,000 funding band. Depending on age some small companies will need to contribute £900 toward the funding; large companies could pay through the apprenticeship levy if they have funds available.
Qualifications received
Cyber Security Technologist Level 4 Apprenticeship - Cyber Security Engineer (Pass - Merit - Distinction)
Learning & method assessment
The apprenticeship will involve a blend of classroom-based learning, practical labs, hands-on simulations, and real-world security projects. Assessment methods may include exams, practical assessments, cybersecurity challenges, and a final project demonstrating applied security engineering skills. At the end of the taught content the Apprentice will undertake an external End Point Assessment which will include four assessments: Assessment method 1: Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio Assessment method 2: Scenario demonstrations with questioning Assessment method 3: Project report Assessment Method 4: Knowledge Test
User skills
To excel as a Cyber Security Engineer, you'll develop a robust skill set across various competencies: Network Security Designing and securing networks against cyber threats.Security Products Development Implementing resilient security solutions.IT Security Technologies Using advanced tools to detect and respond to threats.Incident Response Reacting promptly to security incidents to restore system integrity.Threats and Risks Understanding Identifying and assessing cyber threats like malware, ransomware, and phishing.Security Concepts and Practices Applying industry-standard security practices for data protection.Compliance and Regulations Ensuring compliance with cybersecurity laws.Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills Resolving security vulnerabilities efficiently. Conducting comprehensive risk assessments. Analyzing security challenges to devise effective solutions.Communication and Collaboration Collaborating with stakeholders to align security strategies. Documenting security incidents clearly. Educating users on cybersecurity best practices.Business Acumen Understanding the business implications of cybersecurity. Recommending cost-effective security solutions.Continuous Learning Keeping updated with emerging cybersecurity technologies. Improving technical capabilities to address evolving security challenges.Ethical and Legal Compliance Adhering to ethical principles in cybersecurity practices. Protecting sensitive data in compliance with privacy regulations.Project Management Contributing to secure system and network designs. Engaging in cross-functional cybersecurity initiatives.