Cyber Security Apprentice

NETTITUDE LTD

Birmingham, B37 7ES

Closes in 16 days (Wednesday 7 August)

Posted on 10 July 2024


Summary

You will have the opportunity to gain valuable skills, knowledge and experience as you complete a Cyber Security - Level 4 Apprenticeship. Duties will include You will use SIEM, EDR, Network Monitoring, bespoke tooling.

Annual wage
£21,500 a year

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The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Cyber security technologist (2021) (level 4)
Hours
Days and shifts to be confirmed at interview.

40 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 19 August

Duration

2 Years

Positions available

2

Work

As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

Why choose our Cyber Security Engineer Level 4 apprenticeship?

The Cyber Security Engineer apprentice can help to design, build and test secure networks, security products or systems to help protect your organisation against cyber threats. QA is a market leader in cyber security training, with a state-of-the-art immersive cyber gamified learning, giving apprentices a hands-on learning experience in simulating a real cyber threat.

QA's exclusive partnership with Circadence Corporation, the pioneer of the hands-on gamified learning platform Project Ares®, allows us to uniquely incorporate hands-on scenario training into our cyber security apprenticeships. The Project Ares platform offers a totally immersive experience, using automated features to support skills adoption with an in-game advisor, Athena, who advises our players through scenario-based challenges. The platform scenarios replicate the unpredictability and escalating levels of complexity that cyberattacks can present. It drives high levels of engagement through leaderboards and badges, elements used widely in the gaming world. 

QA’s Cyber Security Engineer Level 4 apprenticeship programme enables the apprentice to:

  • Develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills in a safe, but realistic environment
  • Apply all of the acquired skills throughout the programme, with added scoring of players and opponent actions with replay for object assessment
  • Take part in hands-on training and active-learning models that increase retention rates by 75% so that cyber apprentices can prepare for real-world challenges

Tools and technologies learned: Apprentices will learn to use Project Ares, Python, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft PowerShell, Linux and AWS.

Where you’ll work

1 Trinity Park

Bickenhill Ln

Birmingham

B37 7ES

Training

An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation

QA LIMITED

Your training course

Cyber security technologist (2021) (level 4)

Equal to higher national certificate (HNC)

Course contents
  • Discover vulnerabilities in a system by using a mix of research and practical exploration
  • Analyse and evaluate security threats and hazards to a system or service or processes. Use relevant external source of threat intelligence or advice (e.g. National Cyber Security Centre) Combine different sources to create an enriched view of cyber threats and hazards
  • Research and investigate common attack techniques and relate these to normal and observed digital system behaviour and recommend how to defend against them. Interpret and demonstrate use of external source of vulnerabilities (e.g. OWASP, intelligence sharing initiatives, open source)
  • Undertake security risk assessments for simple systems without direct supervision and propose basic remediation advice in the context of the employer.
  • Source and analyse security cases and describe what threats, vulnerability or risks are mitigated and identify any residual areas of concern.
  • Analyse employer or customer requirements to derive security objectives and taking account of the threats and overall context develop a security case which sets out the proposed security measures in the context with reasoned justification
  • Identify and follow organisational policies and standards for information and cyber security and operate according to service level agreements or other defined performance targets.
  • Configure, deploy and use computer, digital network and cyber security technology.
  • Recommend improvements to the cyber security posture of an employer or customer based on research into future potential cyber threats and considering threat trends.
  • Write program code or scripts to meet a given design requirement in accordance with employers' coding standards
  • Identify cyber security threats relevant to a defined context
  • Accurately, objectively and concisely record and report the appropriate cyber security information, including in written reports within a structure or template provided.
  • Design, build, test and troubleshoot a network incorporating more than one subnet with static and dynamic routes, to a given design requirement without supervision. Provide evidence that the system meets the design requirement.
  • Analyse security requirements given (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.) for a given system or product. Identify conflicting requirements and propose, with reasoning, resolution through appropriate trade-offs.
  • Design and build, systems in accordance with a security case within broad but generally well-defined parameters. This should include selection and configuration of typical security hardware and software components. Provide evidence that the system has properly implemented the security controls required by the security case
  • Design systems employing encryption to meet defined security objectives. Develop and implement a plan for managing the associated encryption keys for the given scenario or system.
  • Use tools, techniques and processes to actively prevent breaches to digital system security.
  • Configure digital system monitoring and analysis tools (e.g. SIEM tools), taking account of threat & vulnerability intelligence, indicators of compromise.
  • Conduct cyber-risk assessments against an externally (market) recognised cyber security standard using a recognised risk assessment methodology.
  • Develop information security policies or processes to address a set of identified risks, for example from security audit recommendations.
  • Develop information security policies within a defined scope to take account of legislation and regulation relevant to cyber security.
  • Take an active part in a security audits against recognised cyber security standards, undertake gap analysis and make recommendations for remediation..
  • Develop plans for local business continuity for approval within defined governance arrangements for business continuity.
  • Assess security culture using a recognised approach.
  • Design and implement a simple ‘security awareness’ campaign to address a specific aspect of a security culture.
  • Develop plans for incident response for approval within defined governance arrangements for incident response.
  • Integrate and correlate information from various sources (including log files from different sources, digital system monitoring tools, Secure Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools, access control systems, physical security systems) and compare to known threat and vulnerability data to form a judgement based on evidence with reasoning that the anomaly represents a digital system security breach
  • Recognise anomalies in observed digital system data structures (including by inspection of network packet data structures) and digital system behaviours (including by inspection of protocol behaviours) and by inspection of log files and by investigation of alerts raised by automated tools including SIEM tools.
  • Undertake root cause analysis of events and make recommendations to reduce false positives and false negatives.
  • Manage local response to non-major incidents in accordance with a defined procedure.
  • Discover vulnerabilities in a system by using a mix of research and practical exploration
  • Analyse and evaluate security threats and hazards to a system or service or processes. Use relevant external source of threat intelligence or advice (e.g. National Cyber Security Centre) Combine different sources to create an enriched view of cyber threats and hazards
  • Research and investigate common attack techniques and relate these to normal and observed digital system behaviour and recommend how to defend against them. Interpret and demonstrate use of external source of vulnerabilities (e.g. OWASP, intelligence sharing initiatives, open source)
  • Undertake security risk assessments for simple systems without direct supervision and propose basic remediation advice in the context of the employer.
  • Source and analyse security cases and describe what threats, vulnerability or risks are mitigated and identify any residual areas of concern.
  • Analyse employer or customer requirements to derive security objectives and taking account of the threats and overall context develop a security case which sets out the proposed security measures in the context with reasoned justification
  • Identify and follow organisational policies and standards for information and cyber security and operate according to service level agreements or other defined performance targets.
  • Configure, deploy and use computer, digital network and cyber security technology.
  • Recommend improvements to the cyber security posture of an employer or customer based on research into future potential cyber threats and considering threat trends.
  • Write program code or scripts to meet a given design requirement in accordance with employers' coding standards
  • Identify cyber security threats relevant to a defined context
  • Accurately, objectively and concisely record and report the appropriate cyber security information, including in written reports within a structure or template provided.
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.

    Requirements

    Desirable qualifications

    A Level or equivalent in:

    • ICT (grade Any)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.

    Skills

    • Communication skills
    • IT skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Team working
    • Non judgemental

    About this company

    Employer: Founded in 2003, LRQA Nettitude is an award-winning global provider of cybersecurity services, bringing innovative thought leadership to the ever-evolving cybersecurity marketplace. Through our research and innovation centres, we provide threat-led services that span technical assurance, consulting and managed detection and response offerings. What we offer: We are a people-focused, high-performing, high-trust managed security services team. We pride ourselves on our investment in our people, meaning as we are a fast-evolving team in an exciting working environment, you’ll always have opportunities to solve the latest cybersecurity challenges, with the responsibility and development opportunities to match.

    After this apprenticeship

    90% of QA Apprentices secure permanent employment after finishing their apprenticeship. Additionally, there may be opportunities to undertake further apprenticeship training as many of our programs offer on-going development tracks. 

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    The contact for this apprenticeship is:

    QA LIMITED

    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000263907.

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    Closes in 16 days (Wednesday 7 August)

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