KPA Level 4 Award in Cybersecurity for Business (RQF)



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Subject area: ICT
Qualification number: 603/6224/8
Units: 3 mandatory
Guided learning time: 15 hours
Total qualification time: 23 hours

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This qualification has been designed to support an individual’s own continuous professional development role in their workplace.

This qualification is specifically designed for middle managers and small business owners, or those advising such businesses, who need to understand what cybercrime and cybersecurity can mean for business.

The aims of the qualification are to ensure that participants:

  • Understand the cybersecurity threat environment.
  • Appreciate that cybersecurity has its own regulatory environment.
  • Can estimate the potential cost to business of a cyber-attack.
  • Can examine the extent to which their businesses are secure.
  • Can analyse the incident response capability of their businesses.

This qualification provides an opportunity for learners to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of potential cybersecurity risks on a business.

Mandatory units

Understanding cybercrime and its regulatory environment

Candidates will understand where cybercrime threats to organisations come from and how they can manifest in the organisation’s day-to-day operations.

What is the cybersecurity regulatory framework within which companies are operating? Candidates will be made aware of the regulatory environment that ensures companies are not exposed to the risk of fines and penalties from national and transnational bodies.

Cybercrime and the Cost to Business

The cost of prevention and the cost of recovering from cybercrime have a real impact on any company’s bottom line. From this unit, which draws heavily on real-life examples, candidates will gain an insight into the real cost of cybercrime.

Protecting Your Organisation against Cybercrime

Ultimately, the role of a manager is to ensure appropriate protections are in place to prevent cybercrime disrupting and possibly destroying the company. This unit looks at implementing “Defence in Depth” or taking a multi-layered approach to protection to ensure a company’s people and processes are as secure as the technology.

The “Defence in Depth” approach needs to extend to the technological solutions. This unit ensures candidates are aware of the technological protections that any company may need to adopt to mitigate the risk of a cyber-attack.

Assessment method

This qualification is assessed by a 45 minute, multiple-choice computer-based exam.


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