Course Summary

All those in this occupation work to achieve required security outcomes in a legal and regulatory context in all parts of the economy. They develop and apply practical knowledge of information security to deliver solutions that fulfil an organisation’s requirements. They will work on areas such as security design & architecture, security testing, investigations & response.
Level
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Higher

Programme Duration
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18-21 Months

Training Duration
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5 Weeks

Training Method
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Smart Classroom

Training Schedule
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8-10 Weeks

Unit 1
Cyber Security Introduction

This unit is delivered over 4 days through the Smart Classroom, followed by a 1 day exam at a local test centre.

This course is a gentle introduction to cyber security and is the core element of the apprenticeship. It covers the foundation knowledge that is essential for most cyber security roles. 

  • Why cyber security matters
  • Basic security theory
  • Security Assurance
  • Applying basic security concepts to develop security requirements
  • Security concepts applied to ICT cyber infrastructure
  • Cyber defence
  • Legal, regulatory, information security and ethical standards relevant to cyber security
  • Keeping up with the threat landscape
  • Future trends
Unit 2
Network And Digital Communications

This unit is delivered over 4 days through the Smart Classroom, followed by a 1 day exam at a local test centre.

This course is a general introduction to modern computer networks covering the essentials of network and digital communications theory.

  • Network data and protocols
  • Layered network models
  • Network routing protocols
  • Network performance
Unit 3
Employment of Cryptography

This unit is delivered over 4 days through the Smart Classroom, followed by a 1 day exam at a local test centre.

This course provides learners with a general introduction to the deployment of cryptography. It covers the theory and application of methods available to secure information, computers and networks, as well as legal issues involved with cryptography.

  • Theory of cryptographic techniques
  • Deployment of Cryptography
  • Cryptography across jurisdictions
Unit 4
Security Case Development and Design Good Practice

This unit is delivered over 4 days through the Smart Classroom, followed by a 1 day exam at a local test centre.

This unit is an advanced unit that is focused on security case development. The unit builds on the fundamentals learned in the cyber security introduction course.

  • IT Security Design Principles 
  • Demonstrate the difference between enterprise architecture and security architecture and explain where their physical and logical boundaries may exist
  • Explain the purpose and features of the Common Criteria evaluation model
  • Considering the Security Case, interpret what security measures should apply
  • Produce a Security Case for a known system
Unit 5
Security Technology Building Blocks

This unit is delivered over 4 days through the Smart Classroom, followed by a 1 day exam at a local test centre.

This unit provides a general introduction to modern computer networks and covers the essential building blocks of security technology.

  • Host-based Security
  • Network-based Security
  • Application of Security for Software and Data
  • Management of Network Security and Risk in Networked Systems
Functional Skills

This is subject to evidence provided.

  • Level 2 - Maths
  • Level 2 - English
  • Level 2 – ICT

Learners who require Functional Skills will be supported using the Smart Classroom and the sessions will last half a day each. Exams will be held in a local test centre.

End Point Assessment
The End Point Assessment is completed in the last few months of the apprenticeship. It includes an Employer Reference, Summative Portfolio, Synoptic Project and an Interview.

Smart Classroom

Our apprentices come together from all over the country and work together in the smart learning environment, interacting, communicating and engaging with the best technical trainers in IT, Software and Digital Marketing. Our Smart Classrooms are technology enhanced cloud-based classrooms that deliver teaching and learning by integrating learning technology.

WORKPLACE ACTIVITIES

On this programme, an apprentice is required to evidence the following activities in the workplace:

  • Threats, hazards, risk and intelligence
  • Developing and using a security case
  • Organisational context
  • Desk, build and test a network
  • Analysing a security case
  • Structured and reasoned implementation of security in a network

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