Cyber security is more and more critical for the operation of organisations. Palo Alto is an increasingly significant player in the cyber security industry. Completing this course will equip you with key skills in using next generation Palo Alto products for working in a security operations centre.
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. The Palo Alto Cyber Security PCCSA and PCNSA course prepares you to begin a career working as a cyber security administrator 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 that has started offering this new course at one of the most advanced Palo Alto Academies in the country.
You will be assessed by in-class chapter tests, final theory and practical exams.
On completion of this course you will acquire the Palo Alto PCCSA and PCNSA qualifications.
We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.
You're required to have:
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.
You will need the following level of English:
The Britsh Council offers more information about how to take an IELTS exam (the preferred qualification).
It may be possible to be exempt from formal English qualifications if:
The course consists of two parts, PCCSA and PCNSA.
The PCCSA consists of three modules, which are:
Module one: Cyber Security Foundation explains the nature and scope of today's cyber security challenges. This module explores the cybersecurity landscape, cyberthreats, 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 cybersecurity solutions available from Palo Alto Networks. This module demonstrates the real-world application of the cyber security design best practices and principles presented in Module two 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 (CIC) and Palo Alto Cyber Security Prevention and Countermeasures (CPC) which is essentially 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 and configure firewalls for defence of enterprise network architecture. 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.
Classes take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 5pm on our Holloway Road campus.
The first day of the course starts at 11am 15 February 2021.
Week one (beginning 15 February 2021)
Week two (beginning 22 February 2021)
Week three (beginning 1 March 2021)
Week four (beginning 8 March 2021)
Week five (beginning 15 March 2021)
Week six (beginning 22 March 2021)
Week seven (beginning 12 April 2021)
Week eight (beginning 19 April 2021)
Week nine (beginning 26 April 2021)
Week ten (beginning 3 May 2021)
Week 11 (beginning 10 May 2021)
By the end of the course you will be able to install, configure and maintain Palo Alto firewalls.
On completion of this course career opportunites may include: junior network security or cyber security analyst/administrator within small to medium sized businesses, large enterprises or security operations centres including BT, Vodafone, O2, Cisco Systems, Palo Alto Networks, Accenture, Bloomberg, Fortinet and more
By paying for a place on the course you confirm that you have received an offer letter for the accepting you onto the course , you meet the standard entry requirements for the course and that you agree to the School of Computing's for professional and short courses.
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 for all three modules.
If we made an option available to you 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.
Please select when you would like to start: