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Cyber Security Technologist


Level 4


18 months

One-to-one support:

Every 4 weeks

You will achieve:

Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist BCS

Common job roles

  • Security Architect
  • Security Analyst/Risk Analyst
  • Intelligence Researcher
  • Security Sales Engineer
  • Security Administrator

Roles you may progress into

  • Senior Cyber Operations Manager
  • Governance & Compliance Analyst
  • Information Security Assurance & Threat Analyst
  • Forensics & Incident Response Analyst
  • Senior Security Analyst

Programme delivery

Phase 1



Before your induction, a member of Estio’s Apprenticeship Onboarding team will contact you and your employer representative to discuss your job role and the apprenticeship standard. During this initial consultation, you will also begin your personalised Vocational Scorecard, which assesses your current skill levels against the apprenticeship standard.

The scorecard ensures we fully understand your starting point, so that we can work with your employer to develop an individual learning plan that is tailored to your needs, and gives you the best opportunity to achieve at the highest level.



Your induction will take place within the first two weeks of starting your employment and will be facilitated by the Onboarding team at your nearest Estio training centre. You will go through an overview of your chosen apprenticeship programme and be given details of what dedicated support is in place for you throughout your learning journey. In addition, you will receive login details for our Virtual Learning Environment, which you will use to complete both mandatory and optional training modules as part of your programme. Any outstanding diagnostic assessments and enrolment documents will be completed, and you can ask any last questions you may have before you formally begin your training.

Functional skills

Functional skills

We use BKSB tests to determine your current level of knowledge, to assess if you need further support with English and/or Maths.

If you do, our Functional Skills Training team will work with you to supply these skills. You will be supported through remote training sessions and workshops, which run for 3 days (for each).

Once you feel comfortable, you can sit the Level 2 Maths and/or English exams. These qualifications are equivalent to an A* – C (4-9) grade at GCSE, they are fully certified by City & Guilds and can be used to further enhance your CV and skillset.

Phase 2


Cisco Cyber Security Essentials

What you will learn

  • Security controls for networks, servers and applications
  • Implementing proper procedures for data confidentiality and availability
  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills using real equipment and packet tracer
Network & Digital Communication Theory

What you will learn

  • Explain what is meant by data and protocol and how they relate to each other
  • Describe an example data format and a simple protocol in current use (using protocol diagrams).
  • Describe example failure modes in protocols
  • Describe at least one approach to error control in a network
  • Describe the main features of network protocols in widespread use on the Internet, their purpose and relationship to
    each other in a layered model
  • Describe the main routing protocols in current use in computer networks and explain the differences between static and dynamic routing protocols and the pros and cons of each in different circumstances
  • Explain some of main factors that affect network performance and propose ways to improve performance
Cyber Security Introduction

What you will learn

  • Explain why information and cyber security is important to business and society
  • Explain basic concepts: security, identity, confidentiality, integrity, availability, threat, vulnerability, risk & hazard
  • Explain how the concepts of threat, hazard and vulnerability relate to each other and lead to risk
  • Explain what penetration testing (‘ethical hacking’) is and how it contributes to assurance
  • Applying basic security concepts to develop security requirements
  • Describe some common vulnerabilities in computer networks and systems (for example, non-secure coding and unprotected networks)
  • Describe the main different types of common attack techniques (for example: phishing, social engineering, malware, network interception, blended techniques e.g. ‘advanced persistent threat’, denial of service, theft)
  • Describe Legal, standards, regulations and ethical standards relevant to cyber security
Security Technology Building Blocks

What you will learn

  • Describe common types of security hardware and software which are used to protect systems (e.g. firewalls, encryption for data at rest, encryption for communication, IDS, IPS, IDAM tools, AV, web proxy, application firewalls, cross domain components, HSM, TPM, UTM)
  • Explain how each may be used to deliver risk mitigation or implement a security case
  • Understand the benefits/limitations, and taking into account the implicit assurance (including supplier assurance and considering the benefits and risks of open source options) of the component, describing any residual risks
Employment of Cryptography

What you will learn

  • Describe the main cryptographic techniques (e.g. symmetric, public key, secure hash, digital signing, block cipher etc) and explain how they are applied and their limitations
  • Explain the significance of key management and the main features, benefits and limitations of symmetric and public key cryptosystems and the significance of entropy
  • Describe the role of cryptographic techniques in a range of different systems and the practical issues, introducing such into service and updating them
  • Appreciate that there are legal issues relevant to cryptography in particular when crossing national borders
  • Understand UK, EU and US export control of cryptography
Security Case Development & Design Good Practice

What you will learn

  • Describe what good practice in design is and how this may contribute to security
  • Describe common security architectures that incorporate security hardware and software components
  • Understand how to develop a ‘security case’, recognising that threats evolve and threats also respond to security design
One-to-one support

One-to-one support

You will have a Technical Specialist and a Progress Management Co-ordinator (PMC) assigned to support you throughout your apprenticeship.

Your PMC will contact you every 4 weeks to discuss your progress made to date, check you’re understanding your training modules, and support you with gathering evidence for your portfolio. Every 12 weeks a review meeting will take place between you, your employer representative and your PMC to assess how your new learning and skills development is being applied in your job role and its impact on your wider industry skills.

The Technical Specialist will work with you to develop your portfolio of evidence for End Point Assessment, and with your employer representative to agree the various workplace projects you will be required to undertake. They will also support your employer representative to complete your Employer Reference, a document which highlights key behaviours you have demonstrated for the final assessment as part of the End Point Assessment.

In every one-to-one session, we will agree actions and SMART targets for you to complete, so that you can progress confidently and with the right support.

Your portfolio

Your portfolio

Throughout the apprenticeship, you will contribute evidence towards your online e-portfolio. We use e-portfolios as they are accessible from anywhere, and enable you to track your progress throughout your apprenticeship.

You’ll have access to your personal dashboard, which shows you a number of key milestones and deadlines coming up, such as the training you have completed, work that is due, and any gaps in your portfolio of evidence.

Your Technical Specialist and Progress Management Co-ordinator will be available to contact at any point throughout the apprenticeship and will advise you how to provide the best evidence.

Off-the-job training

Off-the-job training

Off-the-job (OTJ) training is comprised of, but not limited to activities such as: training with Estio, shadowing, journal entries and projects for e-portfolio. Completed within working hours as agreed with the employer but average at 6 hours per week (20% of your time on your apprenticeship).

You can track your OTJ progress on your e-portfolio.

Phase 3

Assessment Gateway, preparation & administration week

Assessment Gateway, preparation & administration week

Dedicated one-to-one sessions to support the learner as they head towards assessment, putting them in the best possible position for achievement.

Phase 4

End Point Assessment

End Point Assessment

You will be assessed by an End Point Assessment Organisation chosen by your employer. EPA can take up to 3-4 months to complete. This involves a knowledge test, professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio, a project report, and a scenario demonstration with Q&A.

The Independent Assessor will feedback the results (Pass, Merit or Distinction) and the ESFA will provide your certificate.

Where can this apprenticeship take me?

The Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship will give you all the skills and experience to excel in a role such as a Cyber Operations Manager, Security Architect, Penetration Tester, Security Analyst, Risk Analyst, Intelligence Researcher, Security Sales Engineer, Cyber Security Specialist, Information Security Analyst, Governance & Compliance Analyst, Information Security Assurance & Threat Analyst, Forensics & Incident Response Analyst, Security Engineer, Information Security Auditor, Security Administrator, or Information Security Officer.

After achieving a recommended minimum of 1 years experience within your role after completion (this is subject to employers) you can begin a Level 6 Cyber Security Technical Professional apprenticeship.

Level 6 Cyber Security Technical Professional roles

Cyber Risk Manager; Cyber Risk Analyst; Cyber Research Analyst; Cyber Incident Manager; Cyber Security Engineer; Cyber Security Design Engineer.

University study

Level 4 apprenticeships are the equivalent to a foundation degree. If you wish to study further whilst staying in work, some universities will offer the ability to learn remotely. If you wish to take a break from work, you may need to apply for a student loan whilst you study.