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Skills Bootcamp in Cyber Security

Short course

    Want to understand the biggest threats to online safety? Begin your journey with our 12 week Skills Bootcamp in Cyber Security.

    Whether you’re looking to start a new career or upskilling for new opportunities within your current role, our free intensive Skills Bootcamp in Cyber Security will take your online security to another level.

    No matter how big or small a company is, they'll be a target for cyber criminals. On this short course you’ll gain a firm foundation of knowledge on how to deal with those threats. You'll also learn employability skills which will improve your CV and make you stand out to employers.

    Over the 12 weeks you'll learn how to design and implement security measures and policies essential for protecting businesses, individuals and critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.

    You must be aged 19+ to apply. We only accept applications from students who haven't completed a government funded Skills Bootcamp in the last 12 months.

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    Ash, Student, Skills Bootcamp in Web Development

    What you'll learn

    Course overview

    As cyber attacks continue to evolve and become more sophisticated, you'll learn to adapt and expand your analytical mindset and problem solving skills to enable you to provide more secure and resilient solutions.

    You'll also break down the anatomy of cyber incidents and analyse each incident in detail. 

    Course structure

    Over the 12 weeks you'll learn about:

    • The Lockheed Martin cyber attack chain
    • Attack hosts, attack vectors and malware
    • The Cyber Security toolkit: audit software and hardware, updates and patches, encryption, securing the business website, reducing threat from phishing and malware
    • Computing forensics and Internet forensics: browser history capture, volatile memory analysis, search strategies, stenography, documenting and reporting cyber-crime, legal and ethical frameworks
    • Pentesting: Kali Linux, ethical hacking tool kits
    • Enterprise security architecture: Administration, network security, application security, endpoint/server and device security, identity, authentication and access management
    • Data protection and cryptography, industry standard tools and methods
    • Monitoring vulnerability and patch management
    • Incident response: confirm incident, investigation, evidence collection, report, contain, mediate compromised systems/accounts
    • Risk management: cyber security frameworks, mapping against external frameworks, security controls, auditing, deficiency tracking and management
    • Mitigation of social engineering and insider threat
    • Threat intelligence and security monitoring
    • Data Protection Act, GDPR, Cyber Essentials, compliance
    • Brand reputation and management

    Please note that the course structure is subject to change based on the needs of each cohort.

    How will I be taught?

    You'll be taught in live online sessions to ensure that you can fit the course around your other commitments. You’ll receive four hours of teaching two days a week and regular drop in sessions to help support your learning. It's necessary to attend every session over the 12 weeks in order to get the most out of the qualification.

    It's important to note that you're expected to spend a number of hours outside of teaching on independent study to support your learning. Your lecturers will support you with reading activities to do during your independent study and you'll be able to book one-on-one sessions for extra support.

    How will my progress be reviewed?

    Throughout your Skills Bootcamp journey your progress will be reviewed through tasks given on Immersive Labs. You'll receive feedback on each task. 

    What jobs will I be able to apply for?

    After completing the Skills Bootcamp in Cyber Security you'll possess the skills needed to pursue a career as a:

    • Junior Security Analyst
    • Entry level IT/Cyber Incident Responder

    You'll have a strong foundation of cyber security knowledge after completing the course which allows you to undertake a level three or four cyber security apprenticeship.

    “A useful piece of software on the course was Slack. The lecturers were on call to answer questions in-between sessions, sent the presentation slides after each session and shared additional resources and learning materials with us.”

    Busayo Agbetuyi, Student, Skills Bootcamp in Creative Computing

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for

    The single biggest thing we’re looking for is for you to possess an interest in learning about cyber security. While some previous knowledge is desirable, the most important factor is a positive mindset.

    Eligibility requirements

    You must:

    • Have lived in the UK for at least three years
    • Currently live in England
    • Be aged 19+
    • Have a UK passport
    • Agree to provide mandatory personal data and supplementary information on your employment outcomes for up to eight months following completion of the Skills Bootcamp
    • Be looking for a new role, new opportunities or increased responsibility/promotion to a different role that utilises the skills acquired through this online short course
    • Not have completed a Skills Bootcamp funded by the Department for Education (DfE) in the last 12 months

    Our Skills Bootcamp in Cyber Security is funded by the Department for Education (DfE), and therefore is free. We only accept applications from students who haven't completed a government funded Skills Bootcamp in the last 12 months.

    If you're being sent for training by your employer, your employer will need to pay up to 30% of the total fees depending on the size of the company. If this is the case, please contact us at for more details.

    Dates and times

    Our Skills Bootcamps in Cyber Security are full and we're no longer accepting applications. Please register your interest to be notified of any upcoming Skills Bootcamps.

    How to apply

    Our Skills Bootcamps in Cyber Security are full and we're no longer accepting applications. Please register your interest to be notified of any upcoming Skills Bootcamps.

    What happens after completing a Skills Bootcamp?

    Employability support

    You'll receive six months of employability support after completing a Skills Bootcamp. This includes your lecturers signposting you to networking events and job vacancies. You'll also receive a quarterly newsletter with the latest training opportunities, jobs fairs and tech events.

    Employment outcomes

    As our Skills Bootcamps are fully funded by the Department for Education, there is an expectation from the DfE that you'll keep in touch with us to let us know about any interviews or job offers you receive after completing the short course. We'll provide you with a short form that you must get your new employer to fill out in order for us to provide evidence to the DfE.

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