Together, Palo Alto Networks and Network Development Group (NDG) have partnered to deliver a pre-configured, hosted lab environment, called the Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Skills Practice Lab. This practice lab offers the ability to quickly and easily access a Palo Alto Networks virtual firewall environment for exam preparation and skills advancement. This practice lab is an important step to ensure readiness for your ACE Accreditation and PCNSE Certification exams.

Learn more below and reserve your time today by visiting NDG Online.

Figure 1. Practice Lab interface.

Figure 2. Reserve a convenient time to practice new skills.


Why Do You Need Cybersecurity Skills Practice Lab?

The Cybersecurity industry is experiencing severe talent shortages and, within just the next two years, this shortage is expected to reach over 2 million globally.

This skills gap offers a unique opportunity for individuals considering a career in cybersecurity, and nowhere is this more evident than when it comes to skills on Palo Alto Networks technology. With more than 35,000 customers – 1,000+ added per quarter for the last 20 quarters – in 140+ countries across multiple industries, demand for skills and competencies in implementing, managing and administering Palo Alto Networks technology is constantly growing.

Advancing Your Career With a Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Certification

To build these skills, Palo Alto Networks offers training through our own offerings and through our Authorized Training Centers (ATC), which deliver the knowledge and expertise to prepare you to protect our way of life in the digital age. Additionally, our PCNSE certification program verifies that you have the next-generation security platform knowledge necessary to prevent successful cyberattacks and safely enable applications.

For those wanting to get certified, we’ve put together some PCNSE preparation material in addition to our formal training classes. This includes a study guide and practice questions. Nothing, however, beats getting lots of hands-on practice time with our technology. As a result, we are pleased to introduce our new practice lab offering, which will help you on your journey to advance your skills and land your dream job.

The Palo Alto Networks Security Skills Practice Lab is a pre-configured, hosted environment that offers fast and convenient access to hands-on experience with Palo Alto Networks technology. This environment is designed for individuals preparing for the Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) or Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE) certification exams.


  • Easy on-line access to Palo Alto Networks firewall technology.
  • Hands-on lab exercises and virtual machines to study and practice concepts.
  • Lab exercises aligned to the learning objectives for ACE and PCNSE, covering many of the objectives needed to become certified.
  • Ability to schedule and reserve lab resources at a time convenient to you.

This practice lab is available for a nominal charge and is offered in partnership with our training partner, Network Development Group. To schedule your Security Skills Practice Lab session today, visit NDG Online.

About Our Training Partner, Network Development Group (NDG)

NDG develops training solutions that enable learners to develop IT skills and prepare for rewarding careers. We partner with the best technology leaders in the industry to create innovative, hands-on training environments where the next generation of IT professionals can build the skills and confidence they need to succeed.

To learn more, download the Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Skills Practice Lab Datasheet.