Forensic computer analyst apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursean apprenticeshipworking towards this roletraining with a professional body
You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in:
Courses with industry placements will help you develop your skills. You'll usually need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree. For postgraduate study, you might need a degree in a relevant subject.
- forensic computing and security
- computer science
- cyber security
- digital forensics
- financial technology
You can do a cyber instrusion analyst or cyber security technologist higher apprenticeship.
You can also take a cyber security technical professional degree apprenticeship.
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A-Levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship.
You could start work as an IT support technician, network engineer or developer after doing A-Levels. You would then work your way up by taking further training on the job.
You could do certified industry training with a professional body
like the Chartered Institute of Information Security or The Chartered Institute for IT.
You'll need to be working in IT security or have a lot of experience to do this.
Forensic computer analyst apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- analytical thinking skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- persistence and determination
- complex problem-solving skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass security checks
Forensic computer analyst apprenticeships - what you'll do
Your tasks will depend on where you work. You could:
- investigate hacking, fraud and theft
- research political, industrial and commercial espionage
- track terrorist communications and other illegal activities
- secure IT systems and hardware to protect them from security threats
- recover and secure data
- analyse mobile phone records to track location
- follow electronic data trails
- document each stage of the investigation
- present technical findings and evidence
You could work in a court, in an office or at a client's business.
Career path and progression - Forensic computer analyst apprenticeships
With experience, you could progress to senior analyst, head of security or security consultant.