Cyber Security

With a Graduate Apprenticeship in Cyber Security, you’ll build a career in a fast paced sector where new job roles and competencies evolve quickly. We've worked with employers, college and universities in the IT industry to create this qualification. This means you'll be gaining the skills, knowledge and understanding that the industry expects from a graduate.

The qualification

You'll gain a Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF level 10 entitled:

Graduate Apprenticeship in BEng (Hons) Cyber Security

What will I learn?

A GA is about much more than just getting a degree. Because it’s work-based, you’ll also gain a whole range of useful experience and skills such as:

  • Identifying, analysing and evaluating security threats and hazards to a digital business system or service using relevant external sources of threat intelligence or advice (e.g. CERT UK)
  • Researching and investigating different attack techniques and recommending how to defend against them using relevant external sources of vulnerabilities (e.g. OWASP)
  • Discovering vulnerabilities in a digital system and undertaking a security risk assessment, proposing remediation advice in the context of the employer
  • Developing a security case to describe the security objectives
  • Recommending and implementing appropriate cyber security defences against identified attack techniques
  • Understanding the foundations of cyber security, its significance to business and society, the theory and concepts
  • Understanding cyber security concepts applied to ICT infrastructure, including the fundamental building blocks and typical architectures of software applications, databases and networks, identifying common vulnerabilities in these different systems
  • Applying and understanding relevant laws and ethics 
  • Understanding the existing threat landscape, trends and their significance, including how to apply relevant techniques for threat intelligence

Where could it take me?

You could find employment in roles like:

  • Cyber security analyst
  • Malware analyst
  • Security tester
  • Security engineer
  • Cyber security and information risk advisor
  • Cyber security/information assurance architect
  • Information security accreditor
  • Cyber security/information assurance auditor
  • IT/network security engineer
  • Cyber security forensics analyst

Course content

The key content areas which make up the Cyber Security: SCQF level 10 Graduate Apprenticeship:

  • Security concepts and foundations
  • Secure network and application infrastructures
  • Threats, vulnerabilities, impacts and mitigations in ICT systems and the enterprise environment
  • Intrusion detection, incident investigation and management, and digital forensics
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Cyber security governance
  • Personal and interpersonal
  • Security testing
  • Digital forensics
  • Security architecture
  • Information security audit and compliance
  • Malware research and reverse engineering
  • Secure operations management
  • Business resilience

Entry requirements

Entry requirements will vary by course and institution. Vacancy advertisements provide specific information on the qualifications required by the delivery institution for each GA. Alternatively, you can contact a university or college directly for guidance on entry requirements.


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