A Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) is capable of designing, deploying, configuring, maintaining and troubleshooting the vast majority of Palo Alto Networks-based network security implementations. Passing the PCNSE and exhibiting solid professional behavior, are the requirements for becoming a PCNSE. The formal certification exam is hosted and proctored by the third-party testing company Pearson VUE. Either exam should be taken by anyone who is prepared to demonstrate a deep understanding of Palo Alto Networks technologies. Candidates can be anyone who uses Palo Alto Networks products, including customers, partners, system engineers, systems integrators and support engineers.




Exam Objectives

The Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) is a formal, third-party proctored certification that indicates those who have passed it possess the in-depth knowledge to design, install, configure, maintain and troubleshoot the vast majority of implementations based on the Palo Alto Networks platform. The PCNSE exam should be taken by anyone who wishes to demonstrate a deep understanding of Palo Alto Networks technologies, including customers who use Palo Alto Networks products, value-added resellers, pre-sales system engineers, system integrators, and support staff.

 

Contact

For questions or issues related to the PCNSE exams please contact certification@paloaltonetworks.com

Certification Resources

New PCNSE Certification!
New! Blueprint and Study Guide >>
New! PCNSE FAQ >>

The purpose of the study guide is to help you prepare for the new PCNSE exam. This study guide is a detailed summary of the key topic areas that you are expected to know to be successful on this new exam.  There are practice questions included within this Guide.

Hands-on practice is the best way to cement what you learn from this Study Guide and the documents that they refer to.

If you preparing for the current PCNSE7 exam please review the following:

 

Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Skills Practice Lab New!

The Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Skills Practice Lab offers the ability to quickly and easily access to a Palo Alto Networks virtual firewall environment for exam preparation and skills advancement. The practice lab provides hands-on exercises that are aligned to the learning objectives for the ACE and PCNSE, and is an important step to ensure readiness for your ACE Accreditation and PCNSE Certification exams.

 

Re-certification Requirements

There are currently no recertification requirements. The PCNSE certification is tied to a specific PAN-OS version. 

(Partners may be required to earn the most recent certification.)



 

Product Summary Specsheet

Key features, performance capacities and specifications for all Palo Alto Networks firewalls.

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Protect Yourself From Antivirus

Traditional antivirus is not the solution to preventing endpoint breaches—it’s the problem. If you’re still using antivirus you are leaving your organization vulnerable to malicious attack.

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PA-5200 Series Datasheet

Key features, performance capacities and specifications for our PA-5200 Series.

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PA-800 Series Datasheet

Palo Alto Networks PA-800 Series next-generation firewall appliances are designed to secure enterprise branch offices and midsized businesses.

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PA-220 Datasheet

Palo Alto Networks PA-220 brings next-generation firewall capabilities to distributed enterprise branch offices and retail locations.

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PA-3000 Series Specsheet

Key features, performance capacities and specifications of the Palo Alto Networks PA-3000 Series.

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