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Cybersecurity Certifications

The academic and technical curriculum developed and authorized by Palo Alto Networks Academy and delivered by Palo Alto Networks Academy Partner, Bismarck State College, helps provide the knowledge and expertise that prepare you to protect our digital way of life. Our trusted certifications validate your knowledge of the Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform and your ability to help prevent successful cyberattacks and safely enable applications.
 

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Palo Alto Networks Certified Cybersecurity Entry-Level Technician (PCCET)

""The PCCET certification is a knowledge-based certification that validates candidates’ understanding of fundamental cybersecurity, network security, cloud security, and SOC security. The certification is designed for students, technical professionals, as well as any non-technical individuals interested in validating comprehensive knowledge on current cybersecurity tenets.

PCCET Certification Prerequisites

*This certification has no prerequisites.

Recommended training includes:
  • Cybersecurity Foundation
    • In the Cybersecurity Foundation course, you will learn fundamental principles associated with the current cybersecurity landscape and identify concepts required to recognize and potentially mitigate attacks against enterprise networks as well as mission critical infrastructure. You will also learn how to initially setup and configure interfaces, security zones, authentication, and policies on a next generation firewall.
  • Network Security Fundamentals
    • In the Network Security Fundamentals course, you will gain an understanding of the fundamental tenants of network security and review the general concepts involved in maintaining a secure network computing environment. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to describe general network security concepts and implement basic network security configuration techniques. 
  • Cloud Security Fundamentals
    • In the Cloud Security Fundamentals course, you will learn basic principles associated with securing the cloud and SaaS-based applications through Secure Access Service Edge architecture and identify concepts required to recognize and potentially mitigate attacks against traditional and hybrid datacenters as well as mission critical infrastructure. You will also learn how to initially setup and configure containers on a docker bridge network and test the container security through the use of vulnerability scans and reports. 
  • Security Operations Fundamentals
    • In the Security Operations Fundamentals course, you will gain an understanding of Security operations (SecOps) and the role it plays in protecting our digital way of life, for businesses and customers. You will learn continuous improvement processes to collect high-fidelity intelligence, contextual data, and automated prevention workflows that quickly identify and respond to fast-evolving threats. You will also learn how to leverage automation to reduce strain on analysts and execute the Security Operation Center’s (SOC) mission to identify, investigate, and mitigate threats.
  • Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy Cybersecurity Survival Guide

Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator (PCNSA)

""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.


PCNSA Certification Prerequisites

*This certification has no prerequisites.

Recommended training includes:
  • Cybersecurity Infrastructure Configuration
    • In the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Configuration course, you will gain a general understanding of how to install, configure, and manage firewalls for the defense of enterprise network architecture. You will also learn the theory and steps for setting up the security, networking, threat prevention, logging, and reporting features of Next-Generation Firewalls.
  • Cybersecurity Prevention and Countermeasures
    • The Cybersecurity Prevention and Countermeasures course covers advanced information about the installation, configuration, and management of firewalls for the defense of enterprise network architecture. You will learn the theory and extended configuration features necessary for setting up traffic handling, advanced content and user identification, quality of service, Global-Protect, monitoring and reporting, and high availability of Next-Generation Firewalls.

Length of Program

Each of these courses consist of 30 to 45 hours of self-paced, online study over 12 weeks. Students will have the opportunity to meet virtually with the class and instructor 2-3 times during the class where key concepts and labs will be discussed.

 

Exams/Certifications

As a Palo Alto Networks Academy Partner, we can extend to students a 40% discount on the certification investment. Exams are proctored by the third-party testing company Pearson® VUE. The discounted fee to take the exam is the responsibility of the student and must be remitted to the testing center at the time of the exam.
 

Career Investment

The PCCET courses are priced at $600 each.
 
This course is approved for funding from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and Vocational Rehabilitation. WIOA funding is designed to provide training for unemployment and some underemployed individuals to gain in-demand career skills. Vocational Rehabilitation funding will provide training and employment services to individuals with disabilities so they can become and remain employed. To inquire about eligibility, utilize the following resources:

Career Opportunities

Cybersecurity certifications are valuable for anyone in the cybersecurity profession. Our certifications are starting points to help you advance your career and help increase career opportunities.

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These non-credit courses are eligible for prior learning credit if you decide to pursue your education further.

 

For College Credit Cybersecurity Options at BSC

Visit our Palo Alto Cybersecurity webpage to learn more about AAS and BAS degree options.

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