Cyber Security – Level 4
My job summed up
Working within a Security Operations Centre (SOC) with a team of security operations analysts, I utilise a range of tools to monitor customer networks for malware and intrusion attempts and conducting investigation when required. I also create detailed operations guides for each account we work on within the SOC which are used for training new team members.
I have recently been promoted to SOC Cyber Security Specialist and will now be more involved with assisting the SOC Manager in leading the analysts and will be more involved in the accounts and work that comes into the SOC.
What Impact do you feel you’ve had since joining?
I’ve got involved with a range of activities outside my core role. Since joining Atos I have presented on the importance of cyber security and the benefits of apprenticeships to Members of Parliament. I was also chosen to lead a Career Development project where we have implemented a mentoring scheme and a job rotation programme, as well as a career development framework for the whole of the UK Cyber Security team, to support continued career growth for our teams.
I have also organised a charity barbecue, quiz and obstacle course for Armed Forces Day to raise money for Help for Heroes and Atos has since gone on to achieve the Gold Award for work done in support of the Armed Forces Covenant.
What have you learned since starting your apprenticeship?
I have learned a lot through my apprenticeship, starting with an intense 12 weeks of training where I learnt the fundamentals of cyber security and gained some valuable technical skills. As part of the apprenticeship I researched and prepared assessment papers on a range of topics including: Risk Assessments, Architecture, Forensics, Networking and Security Testing to achieve a Diploma for Information Security Professionals.
There have also been lots of opportunities for continuous learning as part of the Cyber Academy where different training courses are run throughout the year. I have already attended courses on Digital Forensics and Cyber Threats and Vulnerabilities. I was also able to study for and attain professional certifications: ITIL and SSCP so I am now a Systems Security Certified Practitioner.