Cyber intelligence officer apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursean apprenticeshipworking towards this rolea graduate training scheme
You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in one of the following subjects:
You could take a postgraduate course in computing or cyber security if your first degree is not in a related subject, or if you have a lot of industry experience. You'll usually need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree. For postgraduate study, you'll normally need a degree in a relevant subject.
- computer science
- computer or cyber security
- network engineering and security
You could do a higher apprenticeship as a cyber security technologist or a cyber intrusion analyst. These Apprenticeships typically take 2 years to complete.
You could also do a cyber security technical professional degree apprenticeship and GCHQ also runs a cyber security 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 with an IT security firm, for example as a support technician after doing GCSEs or A-Levels, then work your way up while studying for further qualifications on the job.
If you have a degree or relevant work experience, you could apply for the MI5 Intelligence and Data Analyst Development Programme.
Cyber intelligence officer apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- complex problem-solving skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- telecommunications knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- persistence and determination
- maths skills
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
Restrictions and Requirements
For public sector work, you may need to go through UK Security Vetting. This includes:
For private sector work, you may not need to be vetted unless you're working on government systems.
- a counter terrorist check
- a security check (SC) - for access to information classified as 'secret'
- developed vetting (DV) - for access to information classified as 'top secret'
Cyber intelligence officer apprenticeships - what you'll do
In this role you may:
- identify common weaknesses in IT networks
- use digital resources to gather information and evidence
- use computer forensics to identify attackers and their methods
- analyse threats to major security systems
- monitor new threats and assess their impact
- keep databases of threats and hackers
- produce threat assessment reports and recommend actions
- develop relationships with other organisations and share security knowledge
- update your skills and knowledge
You could work in an office or at a client's business.
Career path and progression - Cyber intelligence officer apprenticeships
With experience, you could become a specialised cyber security lead and then head of cyber security.
You could also work as a freelance security contractor.