TfL announces cyber security apprenticeships for school-leavers

If you are a school-leaver and interested in exploring the dark alleyways of the world wide web, TfL might have just the job for you.

Transport for London have just announced a 2 year cyber security apprenticeship that promises an in-depth look at cyber security, hacking and the likes.

TfL list the proliferation in Internet of Things (IoT) devices for the creation of this very focussed apprenticeship. On their website, they say: [IoT] has created an ever-expanding list of technologies which need protection from tampering and hacking to prevent weaknesses being exploited. These devices include anything from mobile phones, personal computers and tablets to laptops, smart watches and many other smart/internet enabled devices.

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Although applications close April 19, 2017, the apprenticeship is bound to get a lot of interest. Over the two years that the apprenticeship lasts, successful candidates can expect placements in:

  • Security Operations Centre
  • Cyber Security Policy Team
  • Cyber Security Compliance Team
  • Cyber Security Threat and Awareness Team
  • Cyber Security Project Assurance Team
  • Information Governance

Joining at analyst level, TfL will expect them to contribute to security processes and procedures, as well as play a supporting role to technical leads. On their website, TfL say that candidates should expect to:  'Develop a good understanding of cyber security principles, common data network protocols and IT infrastructure technologies, as well as delivering technical cyber security support. This support includes the security of our fixed, mobile and virtual environments, and the associated data of these environments. You'll also support and develop the IT security policy, strategy and security procedures for taking into account business aims, legal and regulatory, human rights laws and policy limitations. You'll learn how to carry out technical tasks in the area of access control, network security, incident management, monitoring of network assets and management of critical cyber assets in the IT and operational technology areas. This may also incorporate any combination of operational security and intrusion detection, threat and awareness intelligence gathering, project assurance, policy and governance implementation, risk management and compliance checking.'

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A look through what's included also indicates that TfL is aiming to bridge the skills shortage in cyber security with the apprenticeship. By the time they finish, the cyber security apprentices would have been taught the basics and have a good understanding of:

  • Cyber security and information security controls best practice, CPNI 10, ISO27001, OWASP and SANS 20
  • Cyber Essentials, Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act, EU Procurement Directives
  • An understanding of network and computer system design, operations and protocols
  • Information security, common data network protocols and IT infrastructure, and the requirements of confidentiality, integrity and availability
  • An understanding of evolving cyber threats

Sixth-form leavers need to have atleast  5 GCSE's A*-C including maths, English language (science and ICT are desirable) plus 2 A levels in any discipline at a pass. TfL are offering a starting salary of £17,802 for apprenticeships. This doesn't seem bad at all as on offer, according to TfL is:

All details for the cyber security apprenticeship can be found here