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Why study this course?

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 cyber security threats.

More about this course

The Palo Alto Cyber Security Essentials course will provide you with a full understanding of the fundamental elements of cyber security and cover the general security concepts involved in maintaining a secure network environment. You will learn the nature and scope of today's cyber security challenges, strategies for network defence, as well as detailed information about next-generation cyber security solutions. You will also deploy a variety of security methodologies as well as technologies and concepts used for implementing a secure network environment.


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

Professional accreditation

This is one out of three modules, which leads to the Palo Alto Networks Certfied Cyber Security Associate (PCCSA) certification.

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Entry requirements

You'll be 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 math and basic electronics (this is desired, but not required)

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

Course structure

PaloAlto Cyber Security Essentials

Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm to 9pm in Room T6-05, Tower Building, Holloway Road.

March 2020 Timetable

week beginning 16 March

  • Chapter 1 Course Introduction, Welcome to PA Cybersecurity Essentials
  • Chapter 2 Security Operating Platforms
  • Chapter 3 Network Security
  • Chapter 4 Endpoint Protection
  • Chapter 5 Cloud Security

week beginning 23 March

  • Chapter 6 Application Framework and Logging Service
  • Assessments/ Retakes 27 March


PA Cyber security essentials December 2019 timetable

week beginning 2 December 2019

  • 0. Course Introduction, Welcome to PA Cyber Security Essentials
  • 1. Security Operating Platforms

week beginning 9 December 2019

  • 2. Network Security
  • 3. Endpoint Protection

week beginning 6 January 2020

  • 4. Cloud Security, Chapter Tests, Tutorials and Labs

week beginning 13 January 2020

  • 5. Application Framework and Logging Service (1)
  • 5. Application Framework and Logging Service (2)

week beginning 20 January 2020

  • Assessments


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.

How to apply

You can apply for this course online.

Please note references are not required for PaloAlto 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.

For more information on course content, please contact the course administrator at

Course leader: Dr Shahram Salekzamankhani – or 020 7133 3705