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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 Gateway course will provide you with a full understanding of the fundamental principles of networking and cover the general concepts involved in maintaining a secure network computing environment.


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

Professional accreditation

This course leads to the PaloAlto PCGA 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 maths 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.

Who's this course for?

This is an entry level course in Cyber Security with interactive online learning material with various theory and practical exams. 

Course structure

PaloAlto Cyber Security Gateway Part - Time course

Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6-9pm in Room T6-05

February 2020 timetable

week beginning 24 February

  • Course Introduction, Welcome to PA Cybersecurity Gateway
  • Chapter 1 The Connected Globe
  • Chapter 2 Physical, Logical and Virtual Addressing
  • Chapter 3 Packet Encapsulation and Lifecycle

week beginning 2 March

  • Chapter 4 Network Security Models
  • Chapter 5 Cloud and Data Centre Security
  • Chapter 6 Network Security Technologies
  • Chapter 7 Endpoint Security
  • Chapter 8 Cloud, Virtualization and Storage Security

week beginning 9 March

  • Chapter 9 Networking Concepts
  • Assessments / Retakes 11 and 13 March

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.

Where this course can take you

Upon successful completion of this course and the Cyber Security Essentials you can work as a Cybersecurity Junior Administrator. 

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.

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

Course leader: Dr Shahram Salekzamankhani or 020 7133 3705