Palo Alto Networks® and Network Development Group have partnered to deliver a pre-configured, hosted lab environment called the Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Skills Practice Lab. This lab offers quick, easy access a Palo Alto Networks virtual firewall environment where you can advance your skills as well as prepare for PCNSA 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 the Cybersecurity Skills Practice Lab?

The cybersecurity industry is experiencing a severe talent shortage. Within just the next two years, this shortage is expected to exceed 2 million jobs globally.

This skill gap presents a unique opportunity for anyone considering a career in cybersecurity, and nowhere is this more evident than with respect to skills related to Palo Alto Networks technology. With more than 39,500 customers – 1,000+ added per quarter for the last 22 quarters – in 150+ countries across multiple industries, demand for skills and competencies in implementing, managing and administering Palo Alto Networks technology is constantly growing.

Advance 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. However, nothing beats getting lots of hands-on practice time with our technology. To that end, we offer practice labs to help you on your journey to advance your skills and land your dream job.

The Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Skills Practice Lab is a pre-configured, hosted environment that offers fast, 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 Palo Alto Networks Certified Networks Security Administrator (PCNSA) certification exams.


  • Easy online access to Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall technology
  • Hands-on lab exercises and virtual machines on which to study and practice concepts
  • Lab exercises aligned to the learning objectives for PCNSA and PCNSE exams, covering many of the objectives needed to become certified
  • Ability to schedule and reserve lab resources at a time convenient for you

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

About Network Development Group

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.