Cyber Intrusion Analyst

What is a Firebrand Cyber Intrusion Analyst Apprenticeship?

The apprentice will develop into the role of a Cyber Intrusion Analyst, learning to detect breaches in network security for escalation to incident response or other determined function.

A Cyber Intrusion Analyst will typically use a range of automated tools to monitor networks in real time, will understand and interpret the alerts that are automatically generated by those tools, including integrating and correlating information from a variety of sources and in different forms and, where necessary, seek additional information to inform the Analyst’s judgement on whether or not the alert represents a security breach.

Typical job role: Secure Operations Centre (SOC) Analyst, Intrusion Analyst, Network Intrusion Analyst, Incident Response Centre (IRC) Analyst & Network Operations Centre (NOC) Security Analyst.

How are employers involved?

  • Employing an apprentice for a fixed 24 month contract to progress them beyond their existing skills
  • Creating a position that will give apprentices an opportunity to work alongside IT professionals and learn the skills outlined in the Cyber Intrusion Analyst Standard
  • Dedicating an internal mentor to coach, organise and support the apprentice throughout their learning
  • Working closely with Firebrand Training to build the best training programme
  • Helping their apprentice with their final assessment programme to achieve all of their learning outcomes in the Cyber Intrusion Analyst Trailblazer Standard
  • Supporting other expenses required during the learning programme - including travel and additional learning
  • Paying their apprentice the recommended minimum wage of £250 per week.

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What qualifications can Cyber Intrusion Analyst apprentices achieve?

  • Apprentices are independently assessed at the end of their programme to achieve the Cyber Intrusion Analyst Apprenticeship at a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade
  • They'll achieve one vendor certification as defined in the Cyber Intrusion Analyst Standard and will also be assessed by Firebrand against Ofqal-regulated knowledge modules.
  • Employers can buy additional exam vouchers, so apprentices can achieve more vendor certifications when they've gained the relevant work experience
  • Apprentices will be recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS) for entry onto the register of IT Technicians, confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence.

How will Firebrand help?

  • Our programmes are fully customisable - so we'll help tailor your programme to suit both employer and apprentice
  • We'll designate a Programme Facilitator, who'll guide and support employers, mentors and apprentices throughout the programme
  • We run courses throughout the year, meaning training can be scheduled around the progress of apprentices and their job role
  • Travel and expenses are kept to a minimum, due to our residential and fully inclusive training
  • Because we've delivered 100s of Tech Industry Gold Trailblazer apprenticeships already, we make things efficient and easy - leaving you to concentrate on apprentice needs and development

7 steps to being a Firebrand Apprentice employer

  1. Identify whether you're recruiting for a new role, or if you'd like to develop existing staff
  2. Choose a mentor for your apprentice - they'll be responsible for the programme’s success within your organisation.
  3. Confirm the mentor understands the Cyber Intrusion Analyst Occupational Brief and can identify roles and responsibilities where the apprentice can learn and experience the knowledge standards required.
  4. Choose your employer contribution, which determines how much the government will additionally contribute
  5. Identify the type of accelerated training courses you see your apprentice taking
  6. Complete your Employer Declaration, where you'll create your job advert if you're hiring someone new
  7. If we're advertising your vacancy, we'll source the best candidates for you with our free, fast recruitment process

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Your Cyber Intrusion Analyst programme

Apprentices develop into the role of a Cyber Intrusion Analyst, learning to detect breaches in network security for escalation to incident response or other determined function.

How much can I spend on training?

The government contributes £2,000 for every £1,000 of employer contribution towards training. This means you'll get accelerated training up to the value of £18,000 with our advanced and higher programmes.

A minimum of £3,000 is paid by employers from the start of the programme, which covers all on-boarding and at least one course. A second contribution is then paid within three months of the programme start date. Apprentices must attend a minimum of one course every eight weeks (subject to availability)

Cost breakdown
Employer contributionGovernment contributionTotal solution valueTraining value
£6,000 £12,000 £18,000£14,000
£9,000 £18,000 £27,000£23,000

Customise your IT apprenticeship programme

Your Cyber Intrusion Analyst programme is fully customisable, so you can change it to suit you as an employer or apprentice. In the table below, we've pre-selected the most popular Firebrand courses that align to the Occupational Brief in the government Standard for this apprenticeship. You can substitute these for optional courses up to the same value, where the same Knowledge Modules are covered.

Courses with knowledge modules highlighted in red cannot be substituted.

You can also add additional courses, to which the government will contribute two-thirds of the cost. If those courses don't align to Knowledge Modules, you would need to write a statement justifying why the apprentice needs this knowledge in their job role. Each knowledge module must be covered in the programme, so ensure that the courses you choose cover all 9 modules.

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CourseDurationKnowledge module(s) covered

Pre-selected courses

CompTIA Network+ Certification and Training3 days
EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)5 days
ITIL® Foundation Certification2 days
CompTIA Security+ Certification3 days
On-boarding and fund administrationMandatory
End point assessmentMandatory

Optional courses

Courses below are potential substitutions for those above, please contact us for more information
CourseDurationKnowledge module(s) covered
Cisco CCNA (Routing & Switching) Certification6 days
ISACA CRISC Certification (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control)3 days
CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI (Level 1)6 days
Logical Operations CyberSec First Responder (CFR)3 days
AXELOS Cyber Resilience: Foundation & Practitioner (RESILIA™)3 days
EC-Council Certified Network Defender (CND)4 days
CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+)3 days
GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) 5 days
ISACA CISA Certification4 days
ISACA CISM Certification4 days
ISACA COBIT 5 Foundation and Implementation3 days
ISACA CGEIT training (Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT)3 days
ISACA CRISC Certification (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control)3 days
ISACA CSX Practitioner Level 1: Identification and Protection3 days
ISACA CSX Practitioner Level 2: Detection3 days
ISACA CSX Practitioner Level 3: Respond and Recover3 days
ISACA Certified Cybersecurity Practitioner CSX9 days

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Knowledge modules

  1. Understands IT network features and functions, including virtual networking, principles and common practice in network security and the OSI and TCP/IP models, and the function and features of the main network appliances in use.
  2. Understands and utilises at least three Operating System (OS) security functions and associated features.
  3. Understands and applies the foundations of information and cyber security including: explaining the importance of cyber security and basic concepts including harm, identity, confidentiality, integrity, availability, threat, risk and hazard, trust and assurance and the 'insider threat' as well as explaining how the concepts relate to each other and the significance of risk to a business.
  4. Understands and proposes appropriate responses to current and new attack techniques, hazards and vulnerabilities relevant to the network and business environment.
  5. Understands and proposes how to deal with emerging attack techniques, hazards and vulnerabilities relevant to the network and business environment.
  6. Understands lifecycle and service management practices to Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) foundation level.
  7. Understands and advises others on cyber incident response processes, incident management processes and evidence collection/preservation requirements to support incident investigation.
  8. Understands the main features and applicability of law, regulations and standards (including Data Protection Act/Directive, Computer Misuse Act, ISO 27001) elevant to cyber network defence and follows these appropriately.
  9. Understands, adheres to and advises on the ethical responsibilities of a cyber security professional.

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Five reasons the Cyber Intrusion Analyst Firebrand Apprenticeship is for you

  1. Train with a Tech Partnership Gold Provider. Our programmes are designed and accredited by industry employers to deliver world-class tech training
  2. Certify at twice the speed. With our accelerated training, apprentices can spend longer in the workplace putting their certifications into practice
  3. Customise your programme. It's up to you which courses you choose for your programme to make it as relevant as possible for your business
  4. Free recruitment service. We'll find candidates for the job and ensure they've got all the right skills for your role - at no extra cost
  5. All costs are included. Our training includes all accommodation and food costs, plus transport to and from the nearest train station

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