QA Cyber Practice offers the broadest and deepest end-to-end curriculum, aligned to National Cyber Strategy, to strengthen the cyber ecosystem by enhancing and expanding cyber skills at every level.
What we do,
The QA cyber practice has an extensive capability providing solutions and services for our clients beyond the traditional training course.
- Best practice cyber learning pathways
- Workforce competency assessments
- Bespoke learning solutions (courses and programmes)
- Cyber skills assessment & gap analysis
- Tailored cyber learning pathways for organisations and teams
- Approved skills frameworks, including DoD 8570 & DoD 8140
- Multiple gamified learning platforms for simulations and experiential learning
- Regional & national cyber competitions
- Cyber skills Meetups, delivering insights
- Award Winning cyber programmes
- Extensive 60+ cyber partner learning eco-system
- National & international public schedule
- Free community resources
Cyber Security Courses
We build and deliver more cyber programmes than any other provider. We have more than 25 specialist cyber instructors who, across a range of national programmes, have educated 25,000+ students in the last four years.
Through the QA cyber security portfolio, cyber security professionals can verify their cyber knowledge and skills and also fulfil their skills requirements for global directives such as, SFIA, ECSF, UK GSP, NIST NICE, and the DoD 8570 and DoD8140.
QA helps deliver Cyber Security programmes for a range of the biggest organisations across the private and public sector, including Atos, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defence, Women in Cyber Programme, National Cybercrime programme, MS Azure Cyber Security Programme and a global Secure Engineering Programme.
Cyber Security learning paths
Want to boost your career in cyber security? Click on the roles below to see QA's learning pathways, specially designed to give you the skills to succeed.
Department of Defense ( DoD ) Directive 8570 / 8140
Department of Defense ( DoD ) Directive 8570 / 8140 requires every full and part-time military service member, defense contractor and civilian employee with privileged access to US Department of Defense information systems (IS) to obtain industry certification credentials that have been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
DoD Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Personnel must be fully trained and be certified with baseline certification for their job category and level to perform their duties. The training, certification and workforce management requirements of Directive 8570 / 8140 applies to all members of the DoD IA and Cybersecurity Personnel workforces including military, civilians, local nationals, non-appropriated fund (NAF) personnel, and contractors. The requirements apply whether the duties are performed full-time, part-time, or as embedded duty.
An individual needs to obtain only one of the “approved certifications” for his or her category or specialty and level to meet the minimum requirement. QA approved Department of Defense ( DoD ) courses include;
Cyber Security apprenticeship & degree programmes
Our cyber apprenticeship programmes are arming UK organisations with the defenders of the future.
“Being the first female cyber security apprenticeship achiever in the UK is exciting because I'm hoping that, with this result, I can help to inspire more women into a career in tech. I want them to know that you don't always need a strong technical background before starting your career, or have a particular 'personality type' to fit into the industry.”
Stephanie Haynes, UK's first female cyber apprentice
CyberFirst is a pivotal part of the UK government’s National Cyber Security Programme, helping young people explore their passion for tech by introducing them to the world of cyber security. It covers a broad range of activities including schools development courses, a girls-only competition and comprehensive bursary and apprenticeship schemes.
The schools development courses, designed and developed by QA in collaboration with the NCSC offer over 2500 free course places to 12-17 year old students annually at universities and colleges across the UK. Each course is designed to give talented young people the technical skills, practical experience and industry exposure they need to start their journey toward cyber-related careers and opportunities, preparing them for a possible role in making Britain the safest place to live and work online. In 2019 the CyberFirst courses were formally recognised by The Scottish Qualification Authority who credit rated them comparable to GSCE level, against their robust and rigorous educational framework.
Cyber Security higher education programmes
QA Higher Education partners with Northumbria University to deliver a cyber security masters programme that is designed to give students the specialist skills required to meet the increased demand and continue the fight against cybercrime.
“Cyber security is a never-ending game; it’s about finding something new and working with it. Having a masters degree can help you through all of these challenges in a systematic and methodical way.”
Stephen Sampana, MSc Cyber Security (Part-Time)
Meet our Cyber Practice Director
Director of Cyber Security
Richard is an experienced security professional, turned educator, with over 15 years in operational security roles. He is driven by a commitment to helping the UK to address immediate and longer-term cyber skills shortages and bring a more diverse range of individuals and experiences into cyber through eco-system collaboration.
Richard has designed and architected numerous enterprise and nationwide cyber programmes, including CyberFirst for the NCSC and the award-winning National Cybercrime Programme.
Richard sits on the TechUK Cyber Management Committee, supporting on the skills agenda and is a member of the Offensive Security Advisory Board. He was appointed to the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) Digital Route Panel in 2022.
He pioneered the original cyber apprentice ‘fast track’ programme with HMG to establish successful L4 cyber apprentice opportunities. He is passionate about making a difference through technical education that equips individuals from all backgrounds with tomorrow’s digital skills to maximise their potential and succeed in the workplace.
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