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Cyber Security Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

Apprenticeships in Cybersecurity

Overview

The Level 3 Cyber Security Technician Qualification has been developed to train people to provide first line cyber security support. This requires individuals to monitor and detect potential security threats and escalate as necessary. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for supporting a cybersecurity function (frequently a Security Operations Centre or Network Operations Centre) working under supervision. The employee will be conducting specific cyber security tasks to defined procedures and standards.


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 defined 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.

English & Maths
Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Register of IT Technicians confirming level 3 professional competence. Those completing the apprenticeship can apply for registration.

Bonus Vendor Qualification

  • CompTIA Security+
  • ITIL v4

Once completed, this programme will allow the apprentice to carry out the following duties:

  • Apply procedures and controls to maintain security and control of an organisation.
  • Contribute to the production and development of security culture across an organisation including assisting with the promotion of cyber security awareness programmes, monitoring the effectiveness of cyber security awareness programmes, promoting an effective cyber security culture
  • Process cyber security helpdesk requests ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability of digital information, meeting relevant legal and regulatory requirements for example access control requests.
  • 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.
  • Practice continuous self-learning to keep up to date with industry trends and developments to enhance relevant skills and take responsibility for own professional development.

Who is it For?

Typical roles for Cyber Security Technicians are:

  • Cyber Security Administrator,
  • Access Control Administrator,
  • Incident Response Technician, Junior Security
  • Operations Centre (SOC) Analyst,
  • Junior Information
  • Security Analyst,
  • Junior Threat and Risk Analyst,
  • Junior Penetration Tester,
  • Junior Security Analyst

How long does it take to complete?
The duration of this apprenticeship is typically 18 months

Typical Job Roles?

Typical roles for Cyber Security Technicians are:

  • Cyber Security Administrator,
  • Access Control Administrator,
  • Incident Response Technician, Junior Security
  • Operations Centre (SOC) Analyst,
  • Junior Information
  • Security Analyst,
  • Junior Threat and Risk Analyst,
  • Junior Penetration Tester,
  • Junior Security Analyst

Is it certified?

Those completing the Digital Support Technician apprenticeship will be recognised for entry onto the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, Register of IT Technicians confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence. Those completing the apprenticeship can apply for registration.

Do I get any additional Vendor Qualifications?

In addition, apprentices will gain some valuable independent vendor qualifications such as:

  • CompTIA Security+
  • ITIL v4

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