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.



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

Certification Resources

Blueprint and Study Guide >>
PCNSE Practice Test >>

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.

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.


Key Certification Policy changes in the new PCNSE

The new PCNSE is based on expiration to align with industry best practices. It is valid for two (2) years from the date of your passing the exam.

The new PCNSE is no longer associated with a product version number. The exam itself will be updated with very major product release and you should refer to the study guide and related support materials to get the latest test objectives and product features that you will be tested for.

(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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2018 Predictions & Recommendations: Automated Threat Response Technology in OT Grows Up

Automated threat response, which we’ll simply refer to as ATR, is the process of automating the action taken on detected cyber incidents, particularly those deemed malicious or anomalous. For each type of incident, there is a predefined action for containment or prevention where newer technologies, such as behavioral analytics and artificial intelligence, are utilized to bring incidents of interest to the surface.

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PA-5200 Series Datasheet

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

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What is an Intrusion Prevention System?

An Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) is a network security prevention technology that examines network traffic flow to detect and prevent vulnerability exploits

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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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