Why choose our Cyber Security Risk Analyst Level 4 apprenticeship?

The Cyber Security Risk Analyst apprenticeship builds and apply an understanding of cyber security to protect your organisation, systems, information, personal data and people from attacks and unauthorised access. 

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 Risk Analyst 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
  • Support an organisation's formal security governance, regulatory and compliance (GRC) and interact with risk assessments and risk mitigations

Tools and technologies learned

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


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The Cyber Security Risk Analyst Level 4 programme

Modules

Learners benefit from a flexible and blended learning journey, helping them apply cyber security solutions to a range of real-life scenarios – gaining valuable workplace skills faster. Here is a timeline of the 18-month Cyber Security Risk Analyst Level 4 programme, with modules including Introduction to Cyber Security, Networking Fundamentals, Operating Systems, Security Foundations, Security Management, Information Security, Security Risk Management, Programming and Scripting and Threat Analysis.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this programme are as follows:

  • an A Level in ICT
  • OR an International Baccalaureate at Level 3 in ICT
  • OR a Level 3 apprenticeship in a similar subject
  • OR a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (180 credits)

*Please see the programme guide for full entry requirements.

Possible job roles for a Cyber Security Risk Analyst apprentice

This programme is suitable for multiple roles, such as:

Cyber Security Consultant, Cyber Security Analyst, Cyber Risk Analyst, Intelligence Researcher, Cyber Security Specialist, Information Security Analyst, Governance & Compliance Analyst, Information Security Assurance & Threat Analyst and Information Security Auditor.

Skills a Cyber Security Risk Analysts need:

  • Strong analytical skills
  • A methodical, step-by-step approach to resolving issues
  • Business skills like effective communication, teamwork and task/time management
  • The adaptability to do a range of work – sometimes complex and non-routine – in different environments
  • The ability to work under direction, use discretion and determine when to escalate issues.

Employer funding

The Cyber Security Risk Analyst programme can be funded using the apprenticeship levy, requiring you to only pay up to 5% of the programme. In addition, the government incentive provides employers with up to £4,000 for each new apprentice hired by 31 January 2022.

Learn more about the apprenticeship levy Learn more about the government incentive

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