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Apprentice [Cyber Intrusion Analyst] 

  • Location: Manchester
24/10/2019 Network Rail 2020-10-24T00:00:00+00:00 Manchester

Apprentice [Cyber Intrusion Analyst] 

  • Sector: i t telecoms
  • Location: Manchester
Apprentice [Cyber Intrusion Analyst] 
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About Network Rail   

Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain’s railway – the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts, and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.6bn journeys by rail every year – double the number of 1996 – and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We’re investing £48bn in the railway by 2024 to deliver more frequent, more reliable, safer services and brighter and better stations.

The Network Rail Telecom (NRT) team is responsible for operating all of Network Rail’s telecoms assets and networks.  This responsibility includes managing asset life cycles as well as the development, delivery and support of first class telecommunication networks and services.  In simple terms, NRT transports data between A and B enabling Network Rail to run operationally both on the railway (signalling, customer information systems, CCTV cameras etc.) and as a business (desk phones, mobile devices, data connections etc.).  NRT is also playing a key role in the realisation of Network Rail’s digital railway aspiration which requires huge amounts of data managed securely to work.

Brief Description 

We are looking for 6 enthusiastic and talented individuals from all walks of life who can grow with Network Rail. Joining our apprenticeship scheme offers a valuable opportunity for you to gain professional experience, excellent training and networking opportunities, all whilst earning and contributing to the team.

Your main tasks will be to assist the Security Operations Centre (SOC) engineers in analysing and evaluating security threats both inside and outside the network, helping to identify potential threats and respond to reported security violations and escalate incidents to appropriate teams.

A requirement for this apprenticeship is to study away from home at Wyboston Lakes (Bedfordshire) to enable you to spend dedicated time completing your studies. 

About the role

Key Accountabilities

1.Undertake an Analyst level role, developing a good understanding of cyber security principles, common data network protocols and IT infrastructure technologies and deliver technical cyber security support in order to detect and respond to cyber incidents. 

2.Support the security of Network Rail’s fixed, mobile and virtual environments and associated data and systems of these environments to aid in the safe running of the railway.

3.Contribute to the development and improvement of security processes and procedures, as well as supporting the technical security leads for specific work activities and projects in order to mature the Security Operations Centre. 

4.Carry out technical tasks, as instructed, in the area of protective monitoring, access control, network security, incident management, as well as vulnerability and compliance management of critical cyber assets in the IT and operational technology areas to aid in the safe running of the railway. 

5.Carry out a combination of operational security and intrusion detection, threat and awareness intelligence gathering, project assurance, policy and governance implementation and risk management in order to strengthen security controls within Network Rail.

6.Apply and align processes to cyber security and information security assurance and compliance standards and legal and regulatory requirements related to cyber security and security risk management in order to maintain compliance.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • 5 GCSE’s or equivalent A*- C grade, including Maths and English Language 
  • 2 A-Levels or equivalent
  • IT literate- to include basic understanding of Microsoft Windows & Microsoft Office Suite. 


  • GCSEs or equivalent in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects 
  • A levels or equivalent in STEM subjects
  • Strong interest in IT/ Cyber Security 
  • Programming language experience 
  • Strong critical thinking skills 
  • Basic knowledge of IP networking- Subnets and IP addressing principles 
  • Strong documentation skills e.g. documenting end-end processes/flows 

How To Apply

Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factors. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail.  Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitment to safety in their application.

Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefits including a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets (to a maximum amount of £2,750). 

Network Rail positively embraces flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay : £17,000

As an arm’s length department of the UK Government, Network Rail is required to comply with a well-established pre-employment vetting process for all prospective employees. 

Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) checks require prospective employees of Network Rail to meet the following requirements;

  • Provide eligibility to work in the UK and identity documentation
  • Complete a satisfactory 3-year employment history check
  • Complete a satisfactory unspent criminal conviction disclosure check

For more information regarding BPSS pre-employment related checks, please visit the UK Government website for further information – UK Government – BPSS Checks

Closing date:  5th November 2019, late applications will not be accepted.  We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes

This vacancy is for a fixed term opportunity for 24 months. 

** This role will initially be located at Manchester ROC; however, it will be moving to Manchester Piccadilly Tower towards the first half of 2020**

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