Level 2 Certificate in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics – QAN 603/1452/7
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Who is the qualification for?
This qualifcation is designed for 16-19 year old Learners or older who want to understand the range and nature of threats that exist online and the tools and services that can be used to stop them. The different units look at the best tools and applications needed for this process, but also the underlying technologies and methodologies that make these possible, particularly open source and open standards. It is important to understand the systems and services, as any online activity automatically attracts attacks and potentially damaging activities such as fraud. Learners will investigate these threats and security problems and make sure that their data and information are as safe as possible by securing the platforms used. All of these practical and theoretical skills and understanding build towards creating a safe and secure online system.
All of these situations require different ways of using your skills, knowledge and understanding, but all have a common theme of requiring you to be effective and efcient. This qualifcation works towards you achieving that goal.
This qualifcation is designed for Learners who have an interest in digital security and the threats to IT systems. It is designed to give them a broad understanding of open systems so that they can then apply these to the understanding of threats to IT systems and how to counter these. It would suit any Learners interested in working in the growing industry related to cyber security, but also Learners interested in general employment involving IT, networking professions, infrastructure management and data management. Cyber threats now affect all aspects of IT and organisations connected to the Internet, which is almost all.
What does this qualification cover?
The qualification covers the current state of cyber attacks and crime in order to prepare students with a career either directly in cyber defence or as part of a network team looking after a public facing infrastructure or private commercial network or any activity which is Internet based. It also covers the ways that threats are manifested and for what purposes. It investigates the types of exploits, attacks and threats faced and the machine based or human issues that make it easier or harder to defend computer systems.
The learners then develop the skills and understanding required to be able to deal with the various threats. They can then assemble all of this into a portfolio of evidence they can use for marketing themselves for FH/HE or employment.
The programme of study is divided into 4 sections
|Understanding cyber security and online threats||35||3|
|Analysing and evaluating cyber threats||35||3|
|Applying and deploying security tools and best practice||35||3|
|Securing and defending online systems||45||6|
What could this qualification lead to?
It could lead to direct employment in the cybersecurity industry in a junior role or in a Modern Apprenticeship or further study at college or university levels.
Will it lead to employment?
The amount and complexity of online crime is growing by the day. There are currently nowhere near enough people to deal with it and that will only get worse. The government is putting significant resources into recruiting cyber aware people at all levels of industry.
The opportunities for work in IT in relation to this subject area are very strong.
Will the qualification lead to further learning?
Universities have significant budgets for research into the way that threats to systems evolve and can be stopped. As more businesses move to an online model of delivery, so there is more attack. With more attack, there is a requirement for more defence. There will be increasing numbers of degree level and apprenticeship level opportunities in this exciting and fast paced field. For example GCHQ, the agency responsible for protecting the UK against threats of all kinds, are heavily recruiting people post Level 3, especially women and members of minority groups, into cyber security careers with excellent apprenticeship programmes. They have also accredited several university level degree courses. The UK government has launched a Cyber Retraining Scheme based in Bletchley Park to re-skill people with a technical background in order to deal with cyber threats. The UK Cybersecurity Challenge has developed school’s challenges and national level competitions to encourage young people, especially girls to enter the field.
It is likley that the demand for people with these skills will only increase in the future jobs market.
The following organisations have endorsed this qualification.