Palo Alto Certified Network Security Administrator (PCNSA) (short course)

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Why study this course?

Today's organisations and companies are challenged to rapidly detect cyber security breaches and effectively respond to security incidents. Teams in security operations centres (SOCs) keep a vigiliant eye on security systems, protecting their organisations by detecting and responding to cybersecurity threats. The Palo Alto Certified Network Security Administrator (PCNSA) course will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge for setting up the security, networking, threat prevention, logging and reporting features of next generation firewall technologies.

PCNSA certification validates your ability to configure the central features of Palo Alto Networks Next Generation Firewall and enables you to effectively deploy the firewalls to enable network traffic based on who (User-ID), what (App-ID) and when (Policy), all while ensuring security (Content-ID).

More about this course

The Palo Alto Certified Network Security Administrator (PCNSA) course consists of two modules:

  • Palo Alto Cyber Security Infrastructure Configuration
  • Palo Alto Cyber Security Prevention and Countermeasures.

As well as learning the theory and configuration steps for setting up the security, networking, threat prevention, logging and reporting features of next generation firewall technologies, you will also acquire skills in the theory and extended configuration features necessary for setting up traffic handling, advanced content/user identification, quality of service, global protection and monitoring and reporting for high availability of next generation firewall technologies. 

Assessment

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

Professional accreditation

On completion of this course you will receive Palo Alto PCNSA certification.

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

You'll be required to have:

  • already completed the Palo Alto PCCSA course
  • 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'll need a Windows-based PC or laptop with an internet connection if you want to study the material outside of the University premises.

Please note references are not required for Palo Alto courses.

International students

The English language requirements for this course are:

  • a minimum English qualification of IELTS 5.5 with 5.0 or above in all components, or 550 with 4 in 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

Who's this course for?

This is an advanced hands-on lab course in cyber security, with advanced and interactive online learning material with various theory and practical exams.

Course structure

Palo Alto Certified Network Security Administrator (PCNSA) part-time course structure

Module 1: Cyber Security Foundation explains the nature and scope of today's cyber security challenges. This module explores the cybersecurity landscape, cyber threats, malware and spamming, and Wi-Fi and advanced threats.

Module 2: 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 3: Cybersecurity Essentials presents detailed information about next-generation cyber security solutions available from Palo Alto networks. This module demonstrates the real-world application of the cybersecurity design best practices and principles presented in Module 2 to address the cyber security landscape and threat challenge design described in Module one.

The PCNSA consists of two modules, Palo Alto Cyber Security Infrastructure Configuration and Palo Alto Cybersecurity Prevention and Countermeasures. The Palo Alto Cyber Security Infrastructure Configuration course provides the student 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 Cybersecurity Prevention and Countermeasures will provide you with advanced information on how to install, configure and manage firewalls for defence of enterprise network architecture. You will learn the theory and extended configuration features neccessary for setting up traffic handling, advanced content/user identification, quality of service, global protect, monitoring/reporting and high availabilty of next generation firewall technologies.

PCNSA part-time timetable – January 2020 start

Week 1 – beginning 21 January 2020

  • Chapter 0 – Course Introduction, Welcome to PCNSA Course
  • Chapter 1 – Security Architecture Planning, Chapter test

Week 2 – beginning 28 January 2020

  • Chapter 2 – Infrastructure Device Configuration
  • Chapter test, tutorial and labs

Week 3 – beginning 4 February 2020

  • Chapter 3 – Cybersecurity Policy
  • Chapter test, tutorial and labs

Week 4 – beginning 11 February 2020

  • Chapter 4 – Application Software Identification
  • Chapter test, tutorial and labs

Week 5 – beginning 18 February 2020

  • Chapter 5 AntiVirus/AntiSpyware/File Blocking
  • Chapter test, tutorial and labs

Week 6 – beginning 25 February 2020

  • Chapter 6 – Uniform Resource Locator Filtering
  • Chapter test, tutorial and labs

Week 7 – beginning 3 March 2020

  • Chapter 7 – Decryption and Certificate Management
  • Chapter test, tutorial and labs

Week 8 – beginning 10 March 2020

  • Chapter 8 – Virus Analysis
  • Chapter test, tutorial and labs

Week 9 – beginning 17 March 2020

  • Chapter 9 – End User ID
  • Chapter test, tutorial and labs

Week 10 – beginning 24 March 2020

  • Chapter 10 Remote Access
  • Chapter test, tutorial and labs

Week 11 – beginning 31 March 2020

  • Chapter 11 – Monitor and Report
  • Chapter test, tutorial and labs

Week 12 – beginning 21 April 2020

  • Chapter 12 – High Availability
  • Chapter test, tutorial and labs

Week 13 – beginning 28 April 2020

  • Chapter test, tutorial and labs
  • Assessments

Week 14 – beginning 5 May 2020

  • Assessments – 5 May 2020
  • Retakes – 7 May 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 dates of the course will not be changed.

After the course

Upon completion of this course you will be able to work as a Certified Network Security Administrator.

Payments and discounts

Payment must be made in full via our eShop before the start of the course. Paying the fee in full before the start of the course will qualify you for a 10% discount for all three modules.

Please note that the fees do not cover the cost of sitting the certification exam.

If we have given you the option of splitting 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 and former London Met degree students and staff are entitled to a 10% discount.

How to apply

You can apply online.

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

a.almammedova@londonmet.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7133 3627

Course leader: Dr Shahram Salekzamankhani

s.salek@londonmet.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7133 3705