Cyber Security Technologist

Why a Cyber Security Technologist Firebrand Apprenticeship?

Employers need Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeships because...

  • Apprenticeships deliver the digital skills you need across your organisation. Whether it's hiring more skilled employees or improving the quality of existing staff's technical know-how, Firebrand’s apprenticeships bring new skills into the workplace quickly
  • Your people will engage with your business. Apprenticeships accelerate the speed and quality of key business projects by increasing the number of staff with skills to deliver them. Apprentices see they're making a difference, making them want to stay at their company for longer
  • Apprentices want to learn more. Your digital workforce need to be ready to keep up with the pace of technology change. A recent Government survey found 73% of digital apprentices plan to undertake further study within three years

Apprentices need Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeships because...

  • You'll be ready for anything. IT apprenticeships teach and test the core skills that enable you to work effectively across a range of products. Once you've mastered the main concepts, you’ll extend your skills in current and future technologies used at work.
  • It makes you better at your job. Firebrand's programme helps you develop new knowledge about your job, gain new skills and embed new behaviours to help you make a greater contribution to your employer.
  • It's valued by your industry. More and more employers are recognising the value apprentices bring to their organisation. An apprenticeship badges you as a forward-thinking, highly skilled individual who is willing to keep learning - all key traits employers want to see in their digital staff

Firebrand's Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship delivers...

  • Industry-recognised quality. Our apprenticeships combine the core digital skills businesses need with the product knowledge learners want, giving apprentices a strong technical grounding and making them instantly productive
  • The skills you want. Customise programmes by adding product training and certification for apprentices to support business needs. Firebrand's programmes teach apprentices as much about successful application of systems as they do about mastering functionality
  • Great results. Firebrand's training delivers some of the best results in the sector - over 90% retention for the past two years, a 95% pass rate across all standards (national average 90%) and 46% of apprentices achieving Distinction (national average 30%).

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What is a Cyber Security Technologist Firebrand Apprenticeship?

How will apprentices learn?

Firebrand's apprenticeship training is delivered through a combination of market-leading residential training, online learning and targeted support from our in-house subject experts:

Residential Training

A suite of Firebrand's proprietary training courses, delivered at our state-of-the-art facility in Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire. Courses cover all requirements of the knowledge modules for the standard, ensuring a strong grounding in the core skills of the role.

Once all knowledge exams are complete, apprentices will have the opportunity to undertake a course of their choice, providing additional depth of knowledge and (where applicable) professional certification.

Subject Matter Experts

Firebrand's resident authorities on all areas of the IT industry will host subject-specific webinars, advise on project development and provide additional live learning and masterclasses to support all levels of learning. This gives apprentices the additional knowledge and insight needed to turn a passing grade into a Merit or Distinction.

Personal Development, Behaviour and Attitudes

We support the personal development, behaviour and welfare of all apprentices through accredited online programme Impact. This video-led modular course will help apprentices develop their awareness and understanding of challenges they may encounter in the workplace and wider society. Learning content is linked to current events to provide real-world context. On completion of Impact, apprentices receive certification that contributes to their summative portfolio of evidence, showing how they have fulfilled key behavioural development criteria of the standard.


When not undertaking formal training, apprentices will be learning at work, applying their skills to business-specific projects and gaining a deeper appreciation of their role and business through off-the-job activity. They also undertake a six-month professional behavioural programme, Impact.

What's the process?

  • Onboarding activity – supported by our Enrolment and Administration Teams, apprentices and employers will undergo all necessary checks to ensure the apprentice can succeed on programme
  • First Day of Learning webinar – this online session, led by a Learning Mentor, outlines the apprentice's journey from initial meeting to End Point Assessment and the expectations of all parties involved
  • Learning Journey – the apprentice undertakes formal and informal learning over 13 months, covering, applying and recording all the competencies required to pass their apprenticeship. Residential training, online learning and Subject Matter Expert sessions will be spaced regularly, giving apprentices time to apply one skillset effectively before learning another. Progress is reviewed during formal sessions approximately every 8 weeks.
  • End Point Assessment – the final review, conducted by an independent body, of whether the apprentice has met all the competencies required to pass the standard. This includes a reference from the employer, portfolio of evidence, synoptic project and final interview with an assessor. End Point Assessment activities are completed over approximately 12 weeks.

Who's on hand to help?

Firebrand provide wrap-round support to ensure apprentices' technical, learning and personal needs are met. Every apprentice is supported throughout their qualification by a Learning Mentor, a former industry professional who understands exactly what it's like to work in the sector and can advise on how to evidence the required knowledge, skills and behaviours through the work apprentices do every day. Our Course Instructors deliver residential training, while in-depth information on subject-specific topics and industry insight is provided by Subject Matter Experts.

What happens at the end?

An apprenticeship is a recognised benchmark of skills and knowledge that allows an apprentice to:

  • Acquire professional accreditation (e.g. BCS Register of IT Technicians (RITTech))
  • Continue their apprenticeship studies at a higher level
  • Undertake further professional training to develop additional product knowledge and skills. Visit Firebrand's commercial training pages for details of how our accelerated training could support life after an apprenticeship.

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Reviews of Firebrand Apprenticeships

Feedback shows our approach is delivering the tangible benefits outlined above for both employers and apprentices. We are proud to work with and receive great recognition from our customers. Today we're actively helping employers and apprentices acquire better skills, be more engaged and make clear contributions to their business outcomes.

Apprenticeships deliver new skills…

The best thing about my apprenticeship? Seeing the progression from how you were when you started. Working on the job, you’re gaining skills constantly – you look at how far you’ve come and what you can do now. Level 4 Software Developer apprentice

A real-world approach delivers results…

My first cohort delivered a presentation on their live project to a local MP who came in, and he was blown away by the work these apprentices were doing, given that some of them hadn't coded up until that point. This was quite early on in their apprenticeship, month 4 or 5. They had more confidence than more experienced employees and they had a much more natural pattern than other people who have been here years. That was a bit of a light bulb moment, seeing what they could achieveLine Manager, Transport for London

Hiring apprentices promotes retention…

With graduates, they come in sometimes and they just want to keep moving on to the next thing, gaining promotion after promotion. coming in at a younger age and gaining the skills within the team means he’s settled with us and hopefully we’ll get to keep him a lot longer. Team Manager, Lloyds Banking Group

Firebrand’s people know the industry inside out…

The instructors on the courses are all excellent and brilliant. They have so much experience behind them. Not only are you learning on the job, you’re listening to them and their personal experiences which are always so interesting. Level 3 Infrastructure Technician apprentice

Training for the industry is better than training to the minimum requirement…

I saw some of the work that came out of [my apprentice’s] Java course, which was very good; exactly what we needed from him. He probably picked up a few things that he won’t be using day to day, but it gives him that extra depth of knowledge which makes him more confident when he comes to use the technology. Line Manager, Lloyds Banking Group

Apprenticeships train engaged people with the right skills…

Ultimately, one of the big reasons we're doing apprenticeships is to home-grow the exact kind of person we want, with the exact kind of skills. The more effort you put in…the more likely you are to get the kind of person you know will then be able to go anywhere within your organisation. Line Manager, Transport for London

Daniel is currently on his level 4 Network Engineer apprenticeship with Firebrand, and is due to complete his programme in 2018:

Cyber Security Technologist Overview

Cyber Security Technologist apprentices develop and apply practical knowledge of information security to deliver solutions that fulfil an organisation's requirements. They gain knowledge of the technical side in areas such as security design and architecture, security testing, investigations and response. Cyber Security Technologist apprentices are taught how to apply an understanding of cyber threats, hazards, risks, controls, measures and mitigations to protect organization's systems and people.

To achieve their Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship, apprentices must:

  • Demonstrate competence against five knowledge modules: Cyber Security Introduction, Network and Digital Communications Theory, Security Case Development, Security Technology Building Blocks and Employment of Cryptography. These are assessed by examinations set by the British Computer Society and regulated by Ofqual. Apprentices must pass all five modules.
  • Submit a portfolio of evidence showing how they have applied the knowledge from these modules to projects and activities in their workplace.
  • Complete their formal End Point Assessment, which comprises: a synoptic project to showcase knowledge and skills from across the apprenticeship; a review of their portfolio of evidence; and a final interview with an independent EPA assessor.

Successful Cyber Security Technologist apprentices go on into roles such as a Cyber Operations Manager, Penetration Tester, Security Analyst, Cyber Security Specialist, Information Security Analyst, Security Administrator and Information Security Officer.

Core Technical Competencies

Upon completion of their Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship, individuals will be able to:

  • discover (through a mix of research and practical exploration) vulnerabilities in a system
  • analyse and evaluate security threats and hazards to a system or service or processes
  • demonstrate use of relevant external sources of threat intelligence or advice (e.g. CERT UK)
  • research and investigate some common attack techniques and recommend how to defend against them
  • demonstrate use of relevant external sources of vulnerabilities (e.g. OWASP)
  • undertake a security risk assessment for a simple system without direct supervision and propose basic remediation advice in the context of the employer
  • source and analyse a security case (e.g. a Common Criteria Protection Profile for a security component) and describe what threats, vulnerability or risks are mitigated and identify any residual areas of concern
  • develop a simple security case without supervision
  • identify and follow organisational policies and standards for information and cyber security
  • operate according to service level agreements or employer defined performance targets
  • investigate different views of the future (using more than one external source) and trends in a relevant technology area and describe what this might mean for your business

Additional Technical Competencies

Upon completion of their Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship, individuals focusing on the technical side will also be able to:

  • design, build, test and troubleshoot a network incorporating more than one subnet with static and dynamic routes, that includes servers, hubs, switches, routers and user devices to a given design requirement without supervision
  • analyse security requirements (functional and non-functional security requirements that may be presented in a security case) against other design requirements (e.g. usability, cost, size, weight, power, heat, supportability etc.), given for a given system or product
  • design and build a simple system in accordance with a simple security case
  • select and configure relevant types of common security hardware and software components to implement a given security policy
  • design a system employing a crypto to meet defined security objectives

Core Technical Knowledge and Understanding

Upon completion of their Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship, individuals will:

  • understand why cyber security matters and the importance to business and society
  • understand concepts such as security, identity, confidentiality, integrity, availability, threat, vulnerability, risk and hazard
  • understand security assurance (can explain what assurance is for in security, and 'trustworthy' versus 'trusted') and how assurance may be achieved in practice (can explain what penetration testing is and how it contributes to assurance; and extrinsic assurance methods)
  • understand how to build a security case
  • describe the fundamental building blocks and typical architectures and identify some common vulnerabilities in networks and systems
  • describe the main types of common attack techniques; also the role of human behaviour
  • explain how attack techniques combine with motive and opportunity to become a threat
  • describe ways to defend against attack techniques
  • describe security standards, regulations and their consequences across at least two sectors; the role of criminal and other law; key relevant features of UK and international law
  • describe and know how to apply relevant techniques for horizon scanning including use of recognised sources of threat intelligence
  • describe the significance of identified trends in cyber security and understand the value and risk of this analysis

Additional Technical Knowledge and Understanding

Upon completion of their Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship, individuals focusing on the technical side will also be able to understand:

  • networks: data, protocols and how they relate to each other; the main routing protocols; the main factors affecting network performance including typical failure modes in protocols and approaches to error control
  • how to build a security case: describe what good practice in design is; describe common security architectures; be aware of reputable security architectures that incorporates hardware and software components, and sources of architecture patterns and guidance
  • how to build a security case including context, threats, justifying the selected mitigations and security controls with reasoning and recognising the dynamic and adaptable nature of threats
  • how cyber security technology components are typically deployed in networks and systems to provide security functionality including: hardware and software
  • the basics of cryptography

Underpinning Skills, Attitudes and Behaviours

  • logical and creative thinking skills
  • analytical and problem solving skills
  • ability to work independently and to take responsibility
  • can use own initiative
  • a thorough and organised approach
  • ability to work with a range of internal and external people
  • ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations
  • maintain productive, professional and secure working environment

Qualifications

Apprentices will achieve 5 BCS qualifications.

Funding

£18,000

Level

This is a level 4 apprenticeship

Professional Recognition

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the register of IT technicians confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence and those completing the apprenticeship are eligible to apply for registration.

Duration

The duration of this Firebrand apprenticeship is 13 months. We recommend that apprentices are employed for a minimum of 16 months to ensure that their employment covers the End Point Assessment.

Registration to the Register of IT Technicians (RITTech)

Once apprentices have completed their apprenticeship they are officially recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS) for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians, confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence.

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What are the benefits of a Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship?

Firebrand’s digital apprenticeships deliver new skills while supporting both the individual and their employer. Benefit from award-winning training supported by on-going guidance along the way with digital apprenticeships that create valuable, long-lasting employees.

Benefits to employers

Improved retention rate - 69% of companies say digital apprenticeships improve retention*. Apprentices are completely engaged by employers, knowing they’re highly valued employees. Employees find themselves in a marketplace where their hard-won digital skills are highly valuable and in demand.

Always learning - 73% of digital apprentices expect to undertake further study within two to three years*. With increasing digital transformation, apprentices continue to master new technologies and processes. Having digital workers that are focused on developing their skills will better position businesses around new technologies, like updated cloud platforms.

Tailor your training - Get business-specific skills alongside apprenticeship requirements. The flexibility of Firebrand’s delivery allows employers to select training options that align most closely with the existing technology stack to work on current projects. Where applicable, employers can embed specific vendor products, like Microsoft, into apprenticeships to deliver a greater depth of learning.

Happier employees - Apprentices feel valued with their new digital skills. 78% of digital apprentices reported improved job satisfaction, job security and career prospects*.This satisfaction increases productivity and happiness in the workplace, benefitting employers by increasing employee engagement.

Networking and peer learning - Firebrand’s residential training centre delivers award-winning public courses to industry professionals. Learning takes place alongside individuals from different organisations with varying levels of experience. Apprentices benefit from receiving a valuable insight into how their skills are applied in different contexts.

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Benefits to apprentices

Real world skills - Apprentices benefit from learning up-to-date digital skills in a time of rapid digitalisation. They develop technical knowledge and industry insight through practical learning and real life application. Become an expert in different technologies and a valuable asset to the team.

Investment in your career - Digital apprenticeships are a career investment – with Firebrand you’re committing to the highest quality IT training. This investment is the first step toward a rewarding future with an employer as they commit time and money in the learner's skills development. Digital apprentices feel so valued in their workplace that 89% of them said that they want to stay at the same employer for the next two to three years*.

Learn while at work - An apprenticeship combines a full-time job with formal learning. New and existing staff can benefit from the opportunity to learn while continuing to work, getting new skills without having to study on evenings or weekends.

Support a career change - Digital apprenticeships provide the skills to move into new IT roles, giving more control of the learner's digital career path. Move seamlessly between roles in an organisation without experience of a particular field, or using experience of other digital roles in a related field.

Never forget again - Digital apprenticeships reinforce learning. They’re built on the principle of learning and immediately using skills that will help apprentices do their job better. Quality programmes incorporate structured training and project activity to apply and demonstrate new skills. 90% of regular learning is forgotten within 3 to 6 days, unless it’s regularly reinforced. Firebrand’s training style helps gain skills more quickly, retaining and using them more effectively.

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*according to the 2017 Apprenticeships Evaluation for the Department for Education

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Cyber Security Technologist curriculum

Firebrand’s apprenticeship programme covers all mandatory knowledge and skills outlined in the apprenticeship standard. Every Firebrand apprentice attends a suite of market-leading training programmes, to cover knowledge required from the apprenticeship standard. This training is then fleshed out through a package of selected online learning, which also allows apprentices to explore any topics of particular interest/importance to them in greater depth.

How are apprentices taught?

Apprentices receive a range of market-leading training as part of their qualification – typically between three and five courses per apprenticeship - giving them fundamental skills at speed.

We'll deliver all the knowledge apprentices need to learn for each knowledge module in the Standard through our Lecture | Lab | Review delivery. Apprentices then attend a Syllabus Review Session to cover the knowledge content covered in the apprenticeship standard.

The information below outlines the training curriculum delivered for each Knowledge Module through Firebrand's residential classroom-based training and online learning modules.


Knowledge Modules 1, 3 & 4: Cyber Security Introduction, Security Case Development and Design Good Practice & Security Technology Building Blocks

Upon completion of Knowledge Module 1, Cyber Security apprentices will:

  • Understand different cyber security processes and how their are applied in various cyber roles

Upon completion of Knowledge Module 3, Cyber Security apprentices will:

  • Understand security case development, having built on “Applying basic security concepts to develop security requirements (to help build a security case)” in KM1

Upon completion of Knowledge Module 4, Cyber Security apprentices will:

  • Understand building blocks - the cyber security technology components typically deployed in networks & systems to provide security functionality

Read through the full curriculum for Firebrand's classroom-based training and supporting online learning modules below.

1.0 Threats, Attacks and Vulnerabilities

  • 1.1 Given a scenario, analyse indicators of compromise and determine the type of malware.
  • 1.2 Compare and contrast types of attacks.
  • 1.3 Explain threat actor types and attributes.
  • 1.4 Explain penetration testing concepts.
  • 1.5 Explain vulnerability scanning concepts.
  • 1.6 Explain the impact associated with types of vulnerabilities.

2.0 Technologies and Tools

  • 2.1 Install and configure network components, both hardwareand software-based, to support organisational security.
  • 2.2 Given a scenario, use appropriate software tools to assess the security posture of an organisation.
  • 2.3 Given a scenario, troubleshoot common security issues.
  • 2.4 Given a scenario, analyse and interpret output from security technologies.
  • 2.5 Given a scenario, deploy mobile devices securely.
  • 2.6 Given a scenario, implement secure protocols.

3.0 Architecture and Design

  • 3.1 Explain use cases and purpose for frameworks, best practices and secure configuration guides.
  • 3.2 Given a scenario, implement secure network architecture concepts.
  • 3.3 Given a scenario, implement secure systems design.
  • 3.4 Explain the importance of secure staging deployment concepts.
  • 3.5 Explain the security implications of embedded systems.
  • 3.6 Summarise secure application development and deployment concepts.
  • 3.7 Summarise cloud and virtualisation concepts.
  • 3.8 Explain how resiliency and automation strategies reduce risk.
  • 3.9 Explain the importance of physical security controls.

4.0 Identity and Access Management

  • 4.1 Compare and contrast identity and access management concepts.
  • 4.2 Given a scenario, install and configure identity and access services.
  • 4.3 Given a scenario, implement identity and access management controls.
  • 4.4 Given a scenario, differentiate common account management practices.

5.0 Risk Management

  • 5.1 Explain the importance of policies, plans and procedures related to organisational security.
  • 5.2 Summarise business impact analysis concepts.
  • 5.3 Explain risk management processes and concepts.
  • 5.4 Given a scenario, follow incident response procedures.
  • 5.5 Summarise basic concepts of forensics.
  • 5.6 Explain disaster recovery and continuity of operation concepts.
  • 5.7 Compare and contrast various types of controls.
  • 5.8 Given a scenario, carry out data security and privacy practices.

6.0 Cryptography and PKI

  • 6.1 Compare and contrast basic concepts of cryptography.
  • 6.2 Explain cryptography algorithms and their basic characteristics.
  • 6.3 Given a scenario, install and configure wireless security settings.
  • 6.4 Given a scenario, implement public key infrastructure.
  • Cyber Security Overview (29minutes)
  • Building your Cyber Security Vocabulary (57 minutes)
  • Network Security (3h 48 minutes) *
  • Compliance and Operational Security (5h 48 minutes) *
  • Threats and Vulnerabilities (3h 44 minutes)
  • Application, Data and Host Security (2h 16 minutes)
  • Identity and Access Management (1h 37 minutes)
  • Cryptography (1h 32 minutes)
  • Risk Management (3h 21 minutes)*
  • Understanding Ethical Hacking (7 hours)
  • Architecture and Design (4h 13minutes)
  • Enterprise Security: Policies, Practices and Procedures (2h 38minutes)
  • Ethical Hacking; Malware Threats (4h)*
  • Security Standards; Common Criteria
  • PCI DSS; The big picture (1h 23 minutes)
  • FIPS 140-2
  • CAPS
  • COBIT (Course on FB site)
  • Computer Misuse Act
  • Data Protection Act
  • Human Rights Act
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act
  • General Data Protection Regulation
  • Network and Information Security Directive

Total time: 42 hours 46 minutes

  • The Information Security Big Picture (2h 17minutes)*
  • Designing and Implementing Security Policies (2h 6 minutes)
  • Architecture and Design for Security (4h 13 minutes)
  • Enterprise Security (2h 55 minutes)
  • Risk Management and Incident Response (1 h 49 minutes)
  • Research and Analysis (1h 43 minutes)
  • Computing, Communication and Business Integration (1h 58 minutes)
  • Technical Integration of Enterprise Components (1h 11 minutes)
  • TOGAF Overview (4h 7 minutes)
  • SABSA Overview (10 minutes)

Total time: 22 hours 29 minutes

  • Networking Security (5h 6 minutes)
  • Network Security (3h 48 minutes)

Total time: 8 hours 54 minutes


Knowledge Module 2: Network and Digital Communications Theory

Upon completion of this Knowledge Module, Cyber Security apprentices will:

  • Understand modern computer networks

Read through the full curriculum for Firebrand's classroom-based training and supporting online learning modules below.

Networking Concepts

  • Explain the purposes and uses of ports and protocols.
  • Explain devices, applications, protocols and services at their appropriate OSI layers
  • Explain the concepts and characteristics of routing and switching.
  • Given a scenario, configure the appropriate IP addressing components.
  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of network topologies, types and technologies.
  • Given a scenario, implement the appropriate wireless technologies and configurations.
  • Summarize cloud concepts and their purposes
  • Explain the functions of network services.

Infrastructure

  • Given a scenario, deploy the appropriate cabling solution.
  • Given a scenario, determine the appropriate placement of networking devices on a network and install/configure them.
  • Explain the purposes and use cases for advanced networking devices.
  • Explain the purposes of virtualization and network storage technologies.
  • Compare and contrast WAN technologies.

Network Operations

  • Given a scenario, use appropriate documentation and diagrams to manage the network.
  • Compare and contrast business continuity and disaster recovery concepts.
  • Explain common scanning, monitoring and patching processes and summarize their expected outputs.
  • Given a scenario, use remote access methods.
  • Identify policies and best practices.

Network Security

  • Summarize the purposes of physical security devices.
  • Explain authentication and access controls.
  • Given a scenario, secure a basic wireless network.
  • Summarize common networking attacks.
  • Given a scenario, implement network device hardening
  • Explain common mitigation techniques and their purposes.

Network Troubleshooting and Tools

  • Explain the network troubleshooting methodology.
  • Given a scenario, use the appropriate tool.
  • Given a scenario, troubleshoot common wired connectivity and performance issues.
  • Given a scenario, troubleshoot common wireless connectivity and performance issues.
  • Given a scenario, troubleshoot common network service issues.
  • Networking Fundamentals Part 1 (4h 18 minutes)*
  • Networking Fundamentals Part 2 (3h 47 minutes)*
  • Network Architecture (7h 25 minutes)*
  • Networking Operations (4h 33minutes)*
  • Networking Security (5h 6 minutes)*
  • Troubleshooting (4h 5 minutes)*
  • Industrial Standards, Practices and Network Theory (4h 9 minutes)*

Total time: 33 hours 23 minutes


Knowledge Module 5: Employment of Cryptography

Upon completion of this Knowledge Module, Cyber Security apprentices will:

  • Understand applied cryptography

Read through the full curriculum for Firebrand's classroom-based training and supporting online learning modules below.

Theory of cryptographic techniques


In this key topic, the apprentice will describe the technology of cryptography and name the available techniques, limitations and problems commonly encountered. Outcomes should include an ability to:

  • Describe cryptographic techniques and state their limitations
  • Describe the main features of symmetric cryptosystems, PK cryptosystems and key exchange
  • Show where the various cryptographic techniques may be employed to secure data and systems
  • Show how poorly applied cryptography can become a threat vector
  • Explain the significance and role of entropy in cryptography and discuss security problems associated with entropy

Deployment of cryptography

In this key topic, the apprentice will explain the deployment of cryptographic systems in a range of common public technologies; in the protection of data and networked systems and discuss issues faced in their deployment and updating. Outcomes should include an ability to:

  • Explain the significance of key management as it relates to controls, lifecycle and governance
  • Describe the role of cryptography in a range of common public systems
  • Describe the role of cryptography as it applies to data on hard disks or in transit
  • List some of the practical issues encountered in implementing cryptography
  • Explain the practical issues faced when updating cryptographic techniques

Cryptography across jurisdictions


In this key topic, the apprentice will discuss legal issues relevant to cryptography (particularly when crossing national borders) and describe UK, EU and US export control of cryptography and the Wassenaar Arrangement. Outcomes should include an ability to:

  • List the regulatory frameworks in place in different jurisdictions
  • Describe some of the legal issues related to cryptography with respect to national borders
  • List a range of resources available to obtain advice concerning cryptography and security
  • Cryptography: The Big Picture (1h 24 minutes)
  • Cryptography Fundamentals for Developers and Security Professionals (4h 14minutes)
  • Enterprise Library Security and Cryptography Application Blocks (1h 8minutes)
  • Cryptography (1h 32minutes)
  • Laws and standards (13 minutes)
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations
  • Data Protection Act
  • Cyber Security Awareness: Digital Data Protection (49minutes)
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
  • Sarbanes Oxley
  • International Data Encryption Algorithm

Total time: 09 hours 20 minutes


Additional Courses

Choose from one of Firebrand's accelerated courses listed below to add to this apprenticeship programme. These courses are delivered when apprentices have submitted evidence to their End Point Assessment gateway.

These additional courses support apprentices in achieving a Distinction grade at End Point Assessment.

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When do Cyber Security Technologist apprentices train?

Firebrand’s apprenticeship programmes are based around a core suite of residential training programmes delivering fundamental knowledge and skills to support on-the-job activity. All training courses are held at our dedicated training centre in Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire.

Basing delivery around our public training schedule allows Firebrand to offer apprenticeship delivery on an open cohort basis. However, where an employer can provide enough apprentices to form a closed cohort (typically between 8 and 15 apprentices per cohort) we can schedule closed-cohort training at our delivery centre. We run both open- and closed-cohort training for current employers; the delivery option selected depends on business needs, in terms of both required skills and operational logistics.

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Who can enroll on a Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship?

Apprentices don’t need lots of experience to enroll on a digital apprenticeship with Firebrand. Our digital apprenticeship programmes give individuals all the skills needed to be a digital expert in their new role.

We've provided answers to common questions from both employers and apprentices to help establish whether an individual is eligible to enroll on a programme:

Is there an upper age limit for someone that wants to go on an apprenticeship programme?

Individuals can enroll as long as they’re over 16 - there’s no upper age limit. With a desire to learn and a real interest in IT, Firebrand will teach individuals everything else they need to know to succeed.

What's the minimum educational criteria for entry onto Firebrand's apprenticeship programme?

We recommend having five GCSEs, including English and Maths, though we'll help apprentices meet the minimum criteria before the apprenticeship starts. However, there are alternatives open to apprentices if the criteria hasn’t been met.

I have someone that I want to put on an apprenticeship but they have no GCSEs in English and Maths. Can they still enroll on an apprenticeship programme?

Individuals can enroll on an apprenticeship without GCSEs. They'll need to achieve a Level 2 or above in a Functional Skills test prior to the apprenticeship. We'll arrange the delivery of the test to apprentices before they start.

My potential apprentice has an IT based degree. Are they eligible?

Individuals need to be learning new digital skills, not re-learning old ones. Firebrand’s digital programmes may not be suitable if candidates have extensive work experience or an IT-based degree in the area that is being upskilled.

My apprentice doesn't want to learn through residential training. Can we still use Firebrand as a provider?

Firebrand’s apprenticeship programmes are based around a core suite of residential training programmes delivering fundamental knowledge and skills to support on-the-job activity.

Our block-release approach allows apprentices to acquire an entire skillset in one out-of-office period, rather than gaining skills incrementally in a day-release model. Residential training allows apprentices to immerse themselves in a specific product and understand how it can be effectively applied to tasks in their workplace, making them instantly more skilled and productive on their return.

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How much does a Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship cost?

The total cost of this apprenticeship programme is £18,000. How much you pay as an employer will depend on whether your business pays into the Apprenticeship Levy. Read below for to learn more about how apprenticeships are paid for.

Firebrand’s approach to apprenticeships and the breadth and depth of our course content means we deliver knowledge beyond the standard for every apprentice. Apprentices on our standard programmes receive exactly the same training, from the same skilled instructors, as industry professionals attending on a commercial basis; this is reinforced by more than 3000 online learning course options and support from Learning Mentors and Subject Matter Experts with senior-level industry experience. Set against the funding cap, this overall training package represents exceptional value for money.

Our standardised cost model accommodates a high degree of flexibility, allowing employers to adjust the content of their training package to include required skills or products. We'll work with employers to make sure their package is comprehensive, covering business training needs while minimising any incremental costs incurred through change requests.

Are employers or apprentices charged for the accommodation at Firebrand's residential training centre?

There's no additional charge for accommodation and food provided as part of our residential training delivery.

How does the Apprenticeship Levy work?

Where employers have an annual paybill over £3million, they'll pay 0.5% of that total paybill into the Apprenticeship Levy. Payments are made on a monthly basis, and they’ll show in the company's Apprenticeship Service account as soon as they’re made.

Through co-investment from the government, Levy-paying businesses receive an extra 10% top-up in their Apprenticeship Service accounts. This means every £1,000 will be increased to £1,100 in value. See how Levy payments work below:

If an employer's annual paybill is under £3million, the government pays for 90% of the total training costs, meaning you can access award-winning accelerated IT training at a fraction of the cost when you invest in apprenticeships. See how non-Levy payments work below:

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How are Cyber Security Technologist apprentices assessed?

An End Point Assessment (EPA) is the final step in the apprenticeship journey for employers and apprentices. The assessment allows apprentices to demonstrate that they've developed all the competencies (skills), knowledge and behaviours outlined in the Standard to prove they're able to do the job they've been training for throughout their programme.

Who delivers End Point Assessments?

EPAs are delivered by independent End Point Assessment providers. The British Computer Society (BCS) is the organisation that assesses all Firebrand apprentices - it's the Chartered Institute for IT and is the professional body for the digital industries. All successful apprentices appear on the BCS Professional Register for IT Technicians (RITTech) free of charge, and are entitled to use the RITTech letters after their name.

The EPA lets apprentices map out their digital skills by looking at examples of their best work. It’s designed to bring together all the completed work and skills they’ve learned into one portfolio. Upon completing their EPA, apprentices receive a grade for their hard work, either Pass, Merit or Distinction. The EPA is a chance for apprentices to prove to their employer, themselves and the assessor that they have certain knowledge and skills which have been officially recognised.

What’s included in the EPA?

Summative Portfolio

While working in a new role, Firebrand Learning Mentors will help apprentices collect evidence of their best work. This is called the Summative Portfolio and it’s submitted as evidence of their digital skill development. The Summative Portfolio can be written, image-based, audio or video – whatever medium helps apprentices get the point across best.

Synoptic Project

Apprentices complete a Synoptic Project as part of the EPA. ‘Synoptic’ means a general summary so it’s a learner's chance to test their new knowledge. The Synoptic Project applies new learning to problems outside a normal working environment. Apprentices spend three to five days away from work completing different skill-related projects. Firebrand Learning Mentors will then help submit the best project to the BCS as part of their overall portfolio.

Employer reference

All employers are required to write unique references for their apprentices. They should demonstrate how they've applied the knowledge, competencies and behaviours in the projects they've been given at work. Firebrand will work with employers with guidance and a template to help them complete this throughout the apprenticeship programme. It's a great opportunity for employers to detail the rewarding relationship they’ve built with the learner, which is a reflection on their time as a valuable member in the team.

Interview

All completed work is sent to the BCS, along with an employer’s reference. Apprentices then finish the EPA with an interview from an assessor at the BCS. This is a chance for apprentices to discuss all their completed projects and explain how they’ve developed the skills to meet the digital apprenticeship standard.

How do employers support?

Employers help prepare the apprentices for EPA, while also reinforcing their new digital skills. By writing a reference, employers get to detail what value-adding projects apprentices are working on and the benefits of their new professional relationship.

Engaging in regular one-to-one’s also keeps employers informed and lets apprentices provide updates on what skills they’ve learnt and how they plan to use them in their role

How does Firebrand support?

Firebrand’s Learning Mentors guide apprentices and employers along the way. The Learning Mentors make sure the learner’s EPA submission is the highest quality of work possible.

While also supporting the employee's learning, Firebrand provide various resources for employers, like a template for their employer reference. This makes the process easier and lets employers focus on writing the best reference they can.

Benefits of RITTech registration for individuals and employers

RITTech is recognised by employers and recruiters, demonstrating a higher level of skills and professionalism across digital and technology industries. With 'RITTech' after their name, it proves individuals are competent at what they do (RITTech is only awarded to people working at a SFIA Level 3 or above standard) and it shows they care enough to apply to be on this register.

RITTech status demonstrates quality and professionalism for the individual, who they work for and to their customers. Employees with RITTech have proven they care about what they do, and the people who employ them will care as well. Some organisations even use attainment of RITTech as part of their professional development measures.

Source: British Computer Society

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What does a Cyber Security Technologist apprentice's journey look like?

Employers should know what’s happening at every step of the apprenticeship. That’s why Firebrand have identified how their employees learn and at which point they’ll get to apply their new digital skills.

How does Firebrand support learning?

Firebrand includes residential training, online training and plenty of work-based support from a dedicated Learning Mentor. Residential and online training is spaced throughout the programme to ensure the apprentice has time to learn and apply skills before moving onto something new.

How do I ensure my employees are always learning?

Firebrand schedules training carefully so that the learner gains skills they can use immediately at work. Residential courses happen from month 3 and are usually an average of 2 months apart. In between, there’s online learning and Learning Mentors activities (e.g. behavioural modules, Functional Skills). All apprentices complete several work-based projects for their portfolio. Learning Mentors support them with writing up each project over a 12-week period.

Help along the way

There are three main sets of people who support apprentices – Firebrand’s Learning Mentors, Course Instructors and Subject Matter Experts. All of them have different responsibilities, but the benefit of Firebrand’s model is that apprentices get really good technical expertise, plus strong guidance on how to complete their apprenticeship successfully.

Apprentices meet their Learning Mentors on the first day and discuss the full apprentice programme in depth. The Learning Mentors begin understanding the learner’s personal approach, level of knowledge and learning style.

Learning Mentors help if the learner is stuck on something. They use their industry experience to guide apprentices in the right direction, helping them solve tasks from a different perspective. While also providing support, Learning Mentors check to see if the required standards are being met when completing work-based projects.

Learning with Firebrand

Apprenticeships combine a full-time job with formal learning. Firebrand’s formal training includes between three and five specialist IT courses. These courses are decided by the employer during the on-boarding process.

When apprentices are on a Firebrand course, they’ll be in Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire at Firebrand’s all-inclusive training centre. They’ll receive accommodation, food and a free shuttle bus from the train station. They then return to work and apply what they’ve learnt, tailoring new knowledge to their organisation’s technologies.

Coming to the end

As apprentices reach the end of the apprenticeship, Firebrand’s Learning Mentors will help them get ready for the EPA.

See the End Point Assessment (EPA) section for more information.

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How do Cyber Security Technologist apprentices progress?

The pace of digital transformation means there’s always going to be new technologies and smarter processes in businesses.

Progress to the next level and learn even more new digital skills. Progression is a natural step in the IT industry and it keeps employee's skills refreshed.

Develop and reinforce technical knowledge by advancing to a higher-level apprenticeship or training on Firebrand’s public courses. Gain certifications on public courses from vendors like Microsoft, AWS and CompTIA.

Level 3

For apprentices at the end of their Level 3 apprenticeship, advancing to Level 4 is the next natural step. Learn further digital skills while in a more specific IT related role. Specialised Level 4 roles include being a Data Analyst, Cyber Security Technologist or Network Engineer.

Rather than just understanding an organisation’s technologies, learn to master them. Level 4 apprentices apply previous skills with new technical knowledge to gain greater responsibility in a digital role.

Take a look at our Level 4 apprenticeships to continue developing your IT career.

Level 4

After a Level 4 apprenticeship, apprentices can enhance certain specific skillsets and gain further product knowledge by taking Firebrand’s public courses. Public courses are the best option after successfully completing a Level 4 qualification. They align individual courses with desired IT skills.

There’s no limit to the number courses that apprentices can take. Continue learning with Firebrand and gain the certifications needed to move into top IT roles at twice the speed. Continue building a professional career in the right way with recognised industry qualifications

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Exams

While apprentices benefit from new digital skills they can use in their job, almost all digital apprenticeships that Firebrand offer provide the chance to gain industry recognised qualifications.

Apprentices gain qualifications through either BCS or Vendor specific exams where applicable. These qualifications add to a professional career and can be used to help move seamlessly between roles in the IT industry.

All relevant exams that will be achieved during this apprenticeship are listed below:

  1. BCS Level 4 Certificate in Cyber Security Introduction
  2. BCS Level 4 Certificate in Network and Digital Communication Theory
  3. BCS Level 4 Certificate in Security Case Development and Design Good Practice
  4. BCS Level 4 Certificate in Security Technology Building Blocks
  5. BCS Level 4 Certificate in Employment of Cryptography

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