Level 3

Cyber Security Technician

The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide firstline cybersecurity support.

Overview of the role - IconOverview of the role

This requires individuals to monitor and detect potential security threats and escalate as necessary and to support secure and uninterrupted business operations of an organisation through the implementation of cybersecurity mechanisms and the application of cyber security procedures and controls.

Typical job roles - IconTypical job roles

Cyber Security Administrator, Access Control Administrator, Incident Response Technician, Junior Security Operations Centre (SOC), Analyst Junior, Information Security Analyst, Junior Threat and Risk Analyst, Junior Penetration Tester and Junior Security Analyst

Details of the Standard - IconDetails of the Standard

The Apprenticeship Standard is a period of training where knowledge is acquired, skills developed and practically applied. When the apprentice has reached the required level, they are entered into the gateway for their end-point-assessment. Once the end-point organisation has completed the assessments and tests then the award will be given. English and math will also be required.

Duration - IconDuration

Typical duration: 18 months plus EPA (Approx. 2-3 months).

Entry Requirements - IconEntry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include 5 GCSEs (especially English, mathematics and a science or technology subject); other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on IT skills.

English and maths - IconEnglish and maths

To complete the apprenticeship the employee must pass level 2 English and maths (or have the appropriate exemption certificate) before undertaking their End-Point-Assessment.

Delivery - IconCurriculum, delivery and readiness for End-Point-Assessment

Swatpro Academy’s bespoke programme will cover all the mandatory and optional knowledge and skills outlined in the standards, covering a range of topics including

  • Principles of organisational information security governance
  • Cyber security policies and standards
  • Awareness of how current legislation relates to or impacts upon the occupation
  • Core terminology of cyber security
  • Common security administrative operational tasks
  • Follow information security procedures
    Maintain information security controls
    Develop information security training and awareness resources
    Monitor the effectiveness of information security training and awareness
    Handle and assess the validity of security requests
  • Follow technical procedures to install and maintain technical security controls
  • Recognise when and how to escalate information security events

The delivery will include 20% 'off the job' training, through a blend of remote, online and in the workplace training. The tutor will review progress with both apprentice and employer at least once every 8 weeks.

Assessment - IconEnd-Point-Assessment

The apprentice will need to successfully complete all stages of the apprenticeship standard. This includes:

Assessment method 1:
Scenario Demonstrations with questioning

Assessment method 2:
Professional Discussion underpinned by Portfolio

Assessment method 3:
Knowledge Test

Apprentices are independently assessed at the end of their programme to achieve the apprenticeship at a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.

Professional Recognition - IconProfessional Recognition

Registration to the Register of IT Technicians (RITTech) Once apprentices have completed their apprenticeship, they are officially recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS) for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians, confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence.

Progression - IconProgression

Progression from this apprenticeship could lead to Cyber Security Supervisor, SOC Technician or onto a higher Level 4 Apprenticeship programme.