Cisco and Palo Alto Cyber Security Packaged (PCCSA, PCNSA and CCNA Cyber Ops) (short course)

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Why study this course?

Cyber security is increasingly critical to the operation of organisations. Cisco and Palo Alto are significant players in the cyber security industry. Completing this course will equip you with key skills for using next generation Cisco and Palo Alto products for working in a security operations centre.

More about this course

Technology is changing the world by connecting billions of devices and improving how we live, work, play and treat our planet.

Today's organisations are challenged with rapidly detecting cyber security breaches and effectively responding to security incidents. Teams of people in security operations centres (SOCs) keep a vigilant eye on security systems, protecting their organisations by detecting and responding to cybersecurity threats. Palo Alto Cyber Security PCCSA and PCNSA and Cisco CCNA cyber operations prepares you to begin a career in cyber security administration with security operations centres.

Uncovering cybercrime, cyber espionage and other threats to the integrity of networks is an exciting new area that spans all industries. London Met is the only Palo Alto Cyber security regional academy in the UK offering this new course at one of the most advanced Palo Alto Academies in the UK and a leading Cisco academy.


You will be assessed by in-class chapter tests, final theory exams and practical exams.

Professional accreditation

You will receive Cisco CCNA cyber security operations and Palo Alto PCCSA and PCNSA certifications.

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

You're required to have:

  • a reading-age level (RAL) of 13
  • basic computer literacy and awareness of the internet

Prior experience with computer hardware, cabling, binary maths and basic electronics is desirable but not required.

You're also required to have a Windows-based PC or laptop with an internet connection if you want to study the material outside of the University's premises.

International students

You will need the following level of English:

  • a minimum English qualification of IELTS 5.5 with 5.0 or above in all components, or 550 with 4 in the TWE (Test of Written English) or 213 in the computer-based test (essay rating 4)

For more information about how to take an IELTS exam (the preferred qualification), visit the British Council's website.

It may be possible to be exempt from formal English qualifications if:

  • you received high grades in English throughout your education
  • your education has been undertaken in English

Course structure

Module one - Cyber Security Foundation:

  • Explains the nature and scope of today's cyber security challenges. This module explores the cyber security landscape, cyber threats, malware and spamming and Wi-Fi and advanced threats.

Module two - Cyber Security Gateway:

  • Explains networking concepts, fundamentals and technologies. This module explores the basic operation of computer networks; common networking devices; routed and routing protocols; network types and topologies; DNS; physical, logical and virtual addressing; IP addressing and subnetting; the OSI and TCP/IP models; network security models, cloud and data centre security, network security technologies, cloud computing, virtualisation and storage technologies; and network operations fundamentals.

Module three - Cyber Security Essentials:

  • Presents detailed information about next-generation cyber security solutions available from Palo Alto networks. This module demonstrates the real-world application of cyber security design best practices and principles presented in Module 2 to address the cyber security landscape and threat challenge design described in Module 1.

The PCCSA consists of two modules: Palo Alto Cyber Security Infrastructure Configuration (CIC) and Palo Alto Cyber Security Prevention and Countermeasures (CPC), which is very similar to the Palo Alto EDU-210 course.

The Palo Alto CIC course provides you with a general understanding of how to install, configure and manage firewalls for defence of enterprise network architecture. You will learn the theory and configuration steps for setting up the security, networking, threat prevention, logging and reporting features of next generation firewall technologies.

The Palo Alto CPC module provides you with advanced information on how to install, configure and manage firewalls for the defence of enterprise network infrastructure. You will learn the theory and extended configuration features necessary for setting up traffic handling, advanced content/user identification, quality of service, global protection, monitoring/reporting and high availability of next generation firewall technologies.

The CCNA cyber security operations course prepares you to begin a career working with associate-level cyber security analysts within security operations centres. Trained candidates in security operations centres (SOCs) keep a vigilant eye on security systems, protecting their organisations by detecting and responding to cyber security threats.

Cisco and Palo Alto Cyber Security Packaged course timetable – February 2020 start

Classes take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 5pm in rooms T6-05 and T6-04, Tower Building, Holloway Road.

The first day of the course starts at 11am.

PCCSA Cyber Security Foundation Gateway and Essentials


Week 1 – beginning 17 February 2020

  • Chapter 0 Course Introduction, Welcome to PA Cybersecurity Foundation
  • Chapter 1 Cybersecurity Landscape
  • Chapter 2 Cyberthreats
  • Chapter 3 Endpoint Security Basics
  • Chapter 4 Cyber-attack Techniques and Types


Week 2 – beginning 24 February 2020

  • Chapter 5 Wi-Fi and Advanced Persistent Threats
  • Chapter 6 Course Introduction, Welcome to PA Cybersecurity Gateway
  • Chapter 7 The Connected Globe
  • Chapter 8 Physical, Logical and Virtual Addressing
  • Chapter 9 Packet Encapsulation and Lifecycle


Week 3 – beginning 2 March 2020

  • Chapter 10 Network Security Models
  • Chapter 11 Cloud and Data Centre Security
  • Chapter 12 Network Security Topologies
  • Chapter 13 Endpoint Security
  • Chapter 14 Cloud, Virtualisation, and Storage Security


Week 4 – beginning 9 March 2020

  • Chapter 15 Networking Concepts
  • Assessment 11 March 2020
  • Retake 13 March 2020


Week 5 – beginning 16 March 2020

  • Chapter 16 Course introduction, Welcome to PA Cybersecurity Essentials
  • Chapter 17 Security Operating Platforms
  • Chapter 18 Network Security
  • Chapter 19 Endpoint Protection
  • Chapter 20 Cloud Security


Week 6 – beginning 23 March 2020

  • Chapter 21 Application Framework and Logging Service
  • Assessments 25 March 2020
  • Retakes 27 March 2020

PCNSA Cybersecurity Infrastructure Configuration Prevention and Countermeasures


Week 7 – beginning 30 March 2020

  • Chapter 0 Course Introduction, Welcome to PCNSA Course
  • Chapter 1 Security Architecture Planning
  • Chapter 2 Infrastructure Device Configuration
  • Chapter 3 Cybersecurity Policy


Week 8 – beginning 20 April 2020

  • Chapter 4 Application Software Identification
  • Chapter 5 Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware/File Blocking
  • Chapter 6 Uniform Resource Locator Filtering


Week 9 – beginning 27 April 2020

  • Chapter 7 Decryption and Certificate Management
  • Chapter 8 Virus Analysis
  • Chapter 9 End User ID
  • Chapter 10 Remote Access


Week 10 – beginning 4 May 2020

  • Chapter 11 Monitor and Report
  • Chapter 12 High Availability


Week 11 – beginning 11 May 2020

  • Assessments 11 May 2020
  • Retakes 13 May 2020 and 15 May 2020

CCNA Cyber Ops


Week 12 – beginning 18 May 2020

  • Chapter 0 Course Introduction, Welcome to CCNA Cyber Security Operations
  • Chapter 1 Cybersecurity and the Security Operation Centre
  • Chapter 2 Windows Operating System
  • Chapter 3 Linux Operating System
  • Chapter 4 Network Protocols


Week 13 – beginning 27 May 2020

  • Chapter 5 Network Communication Devices
  • Chapter 6 Principles of Network Security


Week 14 – beginning 1 June 2020

  • Chapter 7 Network Attacks: A Deeper Look
  • Chapter 8 Protecting the Network
  • Chapter 9 Public Key Infrastructure
  • Chapter 10 Endpoint Security and Analysis


Week 15 – beginning 8 June 2020

  • Chapter 11 Security Monitoring
  • Chapter 12 Intrusion Data Analysis
  • Chapter 13 Incident Response and Handling


Week 16 – beginning 15 June 2020

  • Assessments – 15 June 2020 and 17 June 2020
  • Retakes – 19 June 2020

This schedule is for guidance only. On the first day of each semester your instructor may provide you with the detailed schedule. However, the start and end date of the course will not be changed. 

After the course

On completion of the course career opportunities could include:

  • junior network security or cyber security analyst/administrator roles within small to medium sized enterprises, large enterprises or security operations centres including BT, Vodafone, O2, Cisco Systems, Palo Alto Networks, Accenture, Bloomberg, Fortinet and more.

Payments and discounts

Payment must be made in full via eShop before the start of the course. Full payment of the fee will qualify you to a 10% discount. Please contact us directly to find out more.

If we have offered you the option to split the payment, you are still committed to pay any outstanding fees as early as starting the second module, or when you are asked to do so. Please read our terms and conditions before proceeding with any payments. Current students and London Met alumni and staff are entitled to a 10% discount.

Please note that the cost does not cover the cost of sitting the certification exams.

How to apply

Please apply online.

Please note references are not required for Palo Alto courses. 

Before paying, you will be asked to confirm you agree to our Short Course Training Centre terms and conditions .

When to apply

The official closing date for this course is one week before the course start date. Please refer to the course structure. However, you are advised to apply as early as possible, as we will only consider your application if there are places available on the course. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Course administrator: Adele Almammedova – or +44 (0)20 7133 3627

Course leader: Dr Shahram Salekzamankhani – or +44 (0)20 7133 3705