Cyber Security Technical Professional Integrated Degree Apprenticeship

 

Next start date: spring 2019

The Cyber Security Technical Professional Integrated Degree Apprenticeship provides the technical skills and knowledge to ensure that graduates can become competent and independent cyber security professionals who can operate within business, technology or engineering functions across a range of industry sectors including critical national infrastructure (such as energy, transport, water, finance).

Integrating on-the-job practical training with academic learning provides apprentices with an increased understanding of their organisation’s unique business needs.

Apprentices will develop skills which enable them to lead teams that; research, analyse, model and assess cyberrisks, design, develop, justify, manage and operate secure solutions, and detect and respond to incidents.

The programme is based on the Level 6 Cyber Security Technical Professional apprenticeship standard designed by employers.

Core Skills

Technical competencies: 

  • Foundations of cyber security, its significance, concepts, threats, vulnerabilities and assurance
  • Risk modelling, analysis and assessment strategies
  • Cyber Incident Response tools and techniques
  • Secure software development
  • Malware Analysis
  • Understanding of the applicable laws, regulations, standards and ethics

Indicative content

The programme has been developed to provide the learners with the skills and knowledge necessary to operate as Cyber Security professionals.  The programme starts by providing a solid baseline of computer systems before introducing more complex elements of cyber security, directly informed by research performed by the university. 

Topics covered include but are not limited to: 

  • Computer Law and Ethics
  • Computer Programming
  • Operating Systems and Architecture
  • Database Design and Implementation
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence and Incident Response
  • Penetration Testing
  • Embedded Systems
  • Linux Security
  • Web Application Penetration Testing
  • Industrial Control System Security
  • Emerging Topics in Cyber Security
  • Final Year Project

Who the apprenticeship is for

Typical job roles for apprentices include; Cyber Risk Manager, Cyber Risk Analyst, Cyber Research Analyst, Cyber Incident Manager, Cyber Security Engineer, and Cyber Security Design Engineer.

Entry Requirements

All applicants need to be employed by an organisation in a role that provides them with the experience and exposure to a range of relevant business areas. This will ensure that apprentices can complete all elements as required by the standards.

Each applicant will be individually assessed on their eligibility, qualifications and work experience.

Delivery Model

Learners will be taught in blocks of one week comprising four days of teaching followed by one day of revision, as well as pre and post block support. Block mode teaching allows the potential for greater use of new pedagogic practices. As the apprentices will be studying for four full days it presents the opportunity to truly immerse them within a scenario.

 

Assessment

The apprentices will undertake a range of assessments at the end of their academic modules. Apprentices must also create a portfolio which will capture the knowledge and skills developed through the programme and in the work-place. They will complete a work-based project in their final year which will bring together their accumulated knowledge. The portfolio and project will contribute towards the apprentice’s End Point Assessment for the Apprenticeship Standard

 

Final Degree Award

The final degree award will be BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Technical Professional Degree.

 

For more information, contact the Apprenticeship Team on:

E: apprenticeships@dmu.ac.uk or cybertech.support@dmu.ac.uk

W: dmu.ac.uk/apprenticeships

 
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