Cyber Intrusion Analyst Higher Apprenticeship Level 4

The primary role of a Cyber Intrusion Analyst is to detect breaches in network security for escalation to incident response or other determined function. An Intrusion Analyst will typically use a range of automated tools to monitor networks in real time, will understand and interpret the alerts that are automatically generated by those tools. When an Analyst has decided that a security breach has been detected, he or she will escalate to an incident response team, or other determined action, providing both notification of the breach and evidence with reasoning that supports the judgement that a breach has occurred.

The course is for the training for typical job roles such as Secure Operations Centre (SOC) Analyst, Intrusion Analyst, Network Intrusion Analyst.

Cyber Intrusion Analyst Higher Apprenticeship Level 4
LevelLevel 4
LocationColchester
DurationTypically 24 months.
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateStarting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, will be communicated post-employment and sign-up
Fee(s)Employer Contribution: £1,800
Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

Information for Applicants

What knowledge and skills are covered?

After completing the training, learners will be able to:

  • understand IT network features and functions, including virtual networking, principles and common practice in network security
  • understand and utilise Operating System (OS) security functions and associated features.
  • understand and apply the foundations of information and cyber security including: confidentiality, integrity, availability, threat, risk and hazard, trust and assurance and the ‘insider threat’ as well as the significance of risk to a business
  • understand and propose appropriate responses to current and new attack techniques, hazards and vulnerabilities relevant to the network and business environment
  • understand and propose how to deal with emerging attack techniques, hazards and vulnerabilities relevant to the network and business environment
  • understand lifecycle and service management practices to Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) foundation level.
  • understand and advise others on cyber incident response processes, incident management processes and evidence collection/preservation requirements
  • understand the main features and applicability of law, regulations and standards relevant to cyber network defence and follow these appropriately
  • understand, adhere to and advise on the ethical responsibilities of a cyber security professional.

What award will I achieve?

Cyber Intrusion Apprentices must achieve each of the Ofqual-regulated Knowledge Modules, as summarised below.

  • 1: Networks (for level 4 Cyber Intrusion Analyst Apprenticeship)
  • 2: Operating Systems (for level 4 Cyber Intrusion Analyst Apprenticeship)
  • 3: Information and Cyber Security Foundations (for level 4 Cyber Intrusion Analyst Apprenticeship)
  • 4: Business Processes (for level 4 Cyber Intrusion Analyst Apprenticeship)
  • 5: Law, Regulation and Ethics (for level 4 Cyber Intrusion Analyst Apprenticeship)

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry to IISP Associate Membership and for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence. Those completing the apprenticeship are eligible to apply for registration.

What are the entry requirements?

Apprentices need to be employed in a suitable work placement. Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include A levels; a level 3 apprenticeship or other relevant qualifications; relevant experience and/or an aptitude test with a focus on functional maths.

How often do I have to attend college?

College attendance of 1 day per fortnight for a teaching session will normally be required over the two years of the course. This will be in conjunction with further online learning and also assessment in the workplace. Our well-equipped labs will allow apprentices to carry out practical work and set up test systems in a safe environment. This qualification will be delivered through instructor led classes and seminars as well as distance learning for extra support

How will I be assessed?

There are assessments both during the programme and at the end; these are based on portfolios, synoptic projects, employer references and structured interviews with assessors.

What can I do next?

Successful candidates may progress into full-time employment or higher qualifications and degree level study specific to their work context, such as the BSc (Hons) IT Systems and Applications at University Centre Colchester, or move on to a degree apprenticeship. Alternatively successful candidates can continue their studies with professional qualifications in this area eg Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security) Security, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

Information for Employers

How is my business going to benefit from an Apprentice?

How can I fit this apprentice into my business?
The Cyber Intrusion Analyst standard is for employers looking to recruit and train people to detect breaches in network security for escalation to incident response or other determined function. An Intrusion Analyst will typically use a range of automated tools to monitor networks in real time, will understand and interpret the alerts that are automatically generated by those tools, will integrate and correlate information from a variety of sources and in different forms, and where necessary will seek additional information to inform the Analyst’s judgement on whether or not the alert represents a security breach. When an Analyst has decided that a security breach has been detected, he or she will escalate to an incident response team, or other determined action, providing both notification of the breach and evidence with reasoning that supports the judgement that a breach has occurred.

Typical job roles this standard can apply to within the IT infrastructure of a business include Secure Operations Centre (SOC) Analysts, Intrusion Analysts, Network Intrusion Analysts, Incident Response Centre (IRC) Analysts and Network Operations Centre (NOC) Security Analysts.

An Analyst will typically work as part of a team (or may lead a team) and will interact with external stakeholders, including customers and third party sources of threat and vulnerability intelligence and advice.

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry to IISP Associate Membership and for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence, providing value for money and a return on investment by bringing back up to date knowledge from college.

Your apprentice will bring technical skills and knowledge back to your business including:

  • understanding IT network features and functions, including virtual networking, principles and common practice in network security
  • understanding and utilising Operating System (OS) security functions and associated features.
  • understanding and applying the foundations of information and cyber security including: confidentiality, integrity, availability, threat, risk and hazard, trust and assurance and the ‘insider threat’ as well as the significance of risk to a business
  • the ability to understand and propose appropriate responses to current and new attack techniques, hazards and vulnerabilities relevant to the network and business environment
  • the ability to understand and propose how to deal with emerging attack techniques, hazards and vulnerabilities relevant to the network and business environment
  • understanding lifecycle and service management practices to Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) foundation level.
  • be able to understand and advise others on cyber incident response processes, incident management processes and evidence collection/preservation requirements
  • understanding the main features and applicability of law, regulations and standards relevant to cyber network defence and follow these appropriately
  • be able to understand, adhere to and advise on the ethical responsibilities of a cyber security professional.

What will this cost my business?

Since April 2017 the way that government funds apprenticeships in England has changed. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3 million are required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy monthly via HMRC.

  • If the levy applies to your business you will be required to pay 0.5% of your entire wage bill into the levy. This will be offset against a levy allowance worth £15,000 for each tax year
  • You will only be able to use your levy payment for government backed apprenticeships through providers who are registered on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

From April 2017 all existing apprenticeship frameworks and new apprenticeship standards (often referred to as trailblazer standards) will be allocated to Government funding bands.

Funding bands determine the maximum amount of money that Government will contribute for the training delivery and end-point assessment of each apprenticeship. All approved apprenticeship standards have already been allocated to funding bandings with maximum funding caps.

If you take on an apprentice who is between 16 and 18 years old at the start of their apprenticeship, you will receive a payment to help meet the extra costs of employing them. This will be paid to you through the training provider in two £500 instalments at 3 months and 12 months  if the apprentice continues in learning beyond this point.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account. Where there are no longer funds in this digital account the Government will co-invest 90% of the funding with the levy paying employer being the asked to contribute the remaining 10% on a monthly basis.

Levy paying employers can estimate their funding contributions through the use of the free Funding Apprenticeship Systems calculating tool.

The agreed funds will be taken from the employer’s digital account to pay the training provider, up to a maximum amount of funding allocated by Government to that particular apprenticeship.

For non-levy paying employers the Digital Apprenticeship Service will not be available until at least 2018. They will need to discuss and agree a price with their training provider.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

College attendance of 1 day per fortnight for a teaching session will normally be required over the two years of the course. This will be in conjunction with further online learning and also assessment in the workplace. Our well-equipped labs will allow apprentices to carry out practical work and set up test systems in a safe environment.

How is the apprentice assessed?

There are assessments both during the programme and at the end; these are based on portfolios, synoptic projects, employer references and structured interviews with assessors.

What about support in the workplace?

Skilled and knowledgeable staff must be available to support the apprentice as they complete work- based tasks and build a portfolio.

Why should I choose Colchester Institute to support my business?

Apprenticeships – What we can offer

Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are expert at connecting the right people, to the right training, to the right business and when it comes to Apprenticeships, our Apprenticeship Advisors can support your business every step of the way.

As part of our service we can support your business with:

  • Advertising the Apprenticeship vacancy
  • Manage the applications received in line with your individual requirements
  • Match prospective candidates already known to us
  • Conduct initial pre-screening for candidates
  • Carry out visits to your premises alongside regular reviews to support you, your staff and your apprentice
  • Advice on any grants or funding where available

Our team will provide:

  • A fee free recruitment service.
  • Personal 1:1 Apprenticeship Levy advice and guidance.
  • A dedicated Account Manager.
  • Industry experienced, professional, technical tutors.
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