Cyber security is a fast growing sector. Which isn’t a surprise considering the increasing threat of cyber attacks targeting UK companies. In 2019, more than half of British firms reported having suffered from cyber attacks. The Office for National Statistics even revealed that a person is more likely to fall victim to fraud or cyber crime than any other offence. The skills shortage of trained cyber security professionals means an apprenticeship in cyber security is a brilliant launchpad for your career to really take off.
An Ethical Hacker, also known as a Penetration Tester, puts IT security networks and websites to the test. They look for vulnerabilities in their client’s systems - exploiting weak points with their own cyber-attacks before a real hacker has the chance to.
Ethical Hackers have to think like real-world hackers in order to be a step ahead of the bad guys. They will use a range of techniques to thoroughly protect and evaluate security systems, including cyber-attack simulations, promoting security best practice, analysing security flaws and conducting assessments of all digital and physical security procedures.
What can you earn as an Ethical Hacker? Depending on the level of skills and experience, Ethical Hackers can earn on average between £35,966 - £99,220.
Incident Response Analysts are the first responders of the cyberworld – reacting quickly to identify, isolate and solve security threats and cyber-attacks. Rapid response is vital with this role, as Incident Response Analysts have to investigate the source of the problem and launch straight into damage control. Protecting sensitive data and the integrity of an organisation’s system is paramount – with analysts ready to jump into action by monitoring traffic and looking for any activity that might raise alarms.
Incident Response Analysts build up a wide variety of skills including gap assessments, upgrade paths, bug fixes and knowledge of a specialised set of IT monitoring tools. They can be responsible for putting in place security procedures to use in response to cyber-attacks and incidents.
What can you earn as an Incident Response Analyst? A senior role as an Incident Manager can see you earning on average between £63,846 - £83,000.
Security engineers provide the digital walls and fortifications for an organisation or network. They develop and maintain security software to give up to date protection from unauthorised access and cyber-attacks. They will also be involved in identifying cyber invasions with traffic analysis and defending against malicious intent by making sure anti-malware programmes are updated regularly.
Security Engineers are keystones in the cyberworld and therefore have a range of skills, including automated script development, traffic analysis, software design and IT security systems implementation.
What can you earn as a Security Engineer? Depending on the level of skills and experience, Security Engineers can earn on average between £42,600 - £100,143.
Vulnerability Assessors, not to be confused with Penetration Testers, provide organisations with a ‘Vulnerability Assessment’ which can be used to update and improve outdated security systems. They use automated scripts and testing tools to look for failings and gaps in the system which could lead to infiltration.
Vulnerability Assessors aim to give comprehensive advice and valuable recommendations so that an organisation can reinforce their systems and better prepare themselves against cyber-attacks. Their skills involve testing, automation, developing new tools, providing reports on findings and explaining security issues to the client.
What can you earn as a Vulnerability Assessor? As an intermediate role, Vulnerability Assessors can look to earn on average £43,076
Cyber Security consultants are knowledgeable about a variety of cyber security issues, having widespread experience in a range of IT Security fields. Their job comprises many different areas of cyber security from software development, building and implementation. As specialists in cyber security, they can direct security strategy as well as assess and plan bespoke designs for a specific client’s requirements.
As a seasoned professional, Cyber Security Consultants have comprehensive knowledge of security systems, software and hardware as well the experience to implement these solutions.
What can you earn as a Cyber Security Consultant? A Cyber Security Consultant is a high level position. Depending on skill level and experience, you could earn on average between £43,773 - £92,414
These are just a sample of the kind of jobs you can have with a Cyber Security Apprenticeship, but there are many more including:
Cyber Operations Manager, Security Architect, Security Analyst, Risk Analyst, Intelligence Researcher, Security Sales Engineer, Cyber Security Specialist, Information Security Analyst, Governance & Compliance Analyst, Information Security Assurance & Threat Analyst, Information Security Auditor, Security Administrator, Information Security Officer.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include:
The duration of the cyber security apprenticeship is typically 15-18 months.
For the duration of this level 4 apprenticeship training, apprentices will develop a range of cyber security skills in the workplace. An ongoing portfolio of evidence will demonstrate the abilities learned. Support will also be available from a mentor, who will visit the apprentice every 10 weeks and make contact via phone in between at 5 week intervals.
Apprentices will receive week-long blocks of full-time training over the first 12-14 months. This will take place at the escalla Academy in Crewe.
The EPA consists of 4 assessment methods (typically 4 months.)
Asessment method 1:
professional discussion underpinned by portfolio.
Assessment method 2:
scenario demonstrations with questioning.
Assessment method 3:
Assessment method 4:
Performance in the EPA will determine the overall apprenticeship standard grade.
All training fees for this Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship are covered in full by the employer. An apprentice will never be asked or expected to fund their own training.
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