Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE)

The Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) course is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge and practical skills required to design, configure, deploy, and manage Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls. The course covers various topics, including firewall architecture, security policies, network address translation, VPN deployments, advanced security features, and troubleshooting techniques. By the end of this course, participants will be able to effectively secure and manage network infrastructure using Palo Alto firewalls.

The certification path includes three levels of certification: PCCSA as an intro, PCNSA as the mid-level, and PCNSE as the specialist or level certification

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the key concepts and features of Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls.
  2. Learn about the overall firewall architecture, including traffic processing and packet flow.
  3. Understand how to design and implement security policies using best practices.
  4. Gain knowledge on network address translation (NAT) configurations and troubleshooting.
  5. Learn how to deploy and manage Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) using Palo Alto firewalls.
  6. Gain expertise in advanced security features, such as threat prevention, URL filtering, and application control.
  7. Develop skills for monitoring and troubleshooting Palo Alto firewalls.



– Basic understanding of networking concepts and TCP/IP protocol suite

– Familiarity with firewall technologies and network security principles

Course Outline:

Module 1: Introduction to Palo Alto Networks Firewalls

– Overview of network security challenges

– Introduction to Palo Alto Networks NGFW

– Overview of Palo Alto Networks firewall family

Module 2: Palo Alto Networks Firewall Architecture

– Traffic processing and packet flow

– Security zones and interfaces

– Virtual systems and multi-vsys

Module 3: Security Policies

– Policy configuration best practices

– Rulebase creation and management

– Security profiles configuration

Module 4: Network Address Translation (NAT)

– NAT concepts and types

– Dynamic IP addressing and Port Address Translation (PAT)

– Global and interface-based NAT configurations

Module 5: Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

– Overview of VPN technologies

– IPSec VPN configuration on Palo Alto firewalls

– Site-to-Site and GlobalProtect VPN deployment

Module 6: Advanced Security Features

– Threat prevention technologies (anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-malware)

– URL Filtering and App-ID

– User-ID integration and authentication

Module 7: Monitoring and Troubleshooting

– Traffic and threat log analysis

– Packet captures and PCAP analysis

– Troubleshooting common firewall issues

Module 8: Practice Labs and Hands-on Exercises

– Configure security policies and NAT

– Deploy VPNs and secure remote access

– Implement advanced security features

– Troubleshoot network and firewall issues