The PCNSA certification validates the knowledge and skills required for network security administrators responsible for deploying and operating Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs). PCNSA certified individuals have demonstrated knowledge of the Palo Alto Networks NGFW feature set and in the Palo Alto Networks product portfolio core components
Certification Objectives Palo Alto Networks technology is highly integrated and automated. The Palo Alto Networks product portfolio comprises multiple separate technologies working in unison to prevent successful cyberattacks. The PCNSA seeks to identify people who can operate Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls to protect networks from cutting edge cyberthreats.
You should have two to three years’ experience working in the Networking or Security industries and the equivalent of 6 months’ experience working full-time with Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform.You have at least 6 months’ experience in Palo Alto Networks NGFW deployment and configuration.
- You can deploy, configure, and install Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform components.
- You understand the unique aspects of the Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform and how to deploy one appropriately.
- You understand networking and security policies used by PAN-OS® software.
Exams and recommended training
The exam, proctored by the third-party testing company Pearson® VUE, is for anyone prepared to demonstrate deep understanding of Palo Alto Networks technologies.
To help prepare for the PCNSA exam the recommended training includes the Firewall Essentials: Configuration and Management: