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Beginner Level

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 8 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
20 minutes to complete

Foundation - Module 1: Course Information

Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Specialization begins with this Foundation course. In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of cybersecurity and identify the concepts required to recognize and potentially mitigate attacks against enterprise networks as well as mission critical infrastructure. Foundation Module 1 contains the important course information - syllabus, objectives, tools and resources - that students will reference as they successfully complete the course. ...
2 readings
2 readings
Foundation Course Syllabus10m
Foundation Course Information - Textbook , Work Roles10m
1 hour to complete

Foundation Module 2: Cyber-Landscape Careers and Common Attacks

Foundation Module 2 examines the vulnerabilities and risks associated with Modern Computing trends such as Web 2.0 / Enterprise, Cloud and integrated apps and services. The module details how specific risks can easily lead to exploits. The Module also describes some of the recent high profile cyber attacks that have significantly affected a vast array of data and service architectures. ...
1 video (Total 5 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
5 readings
Cybersecurity Skills: Protecting Life in the Digital Age One Student at a Time10m
Modern Computing Trends10m
Cyber Seek - Cyberecurity Career Pathways10m
CyberSecurity Threats and Opportunities10m
Cyber 101 - NIST10m
1 practice exercise
Foundation Quiz #120m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Foundation Module 3: Cyber-Threats

Module 3 identifies common attacker profiles and breaks down a typical attack into 7 identifiable stages. The chapter provides in depth descriptors of the tools and processes used at each attack stage, and importantly outlines strategies at each stage for defeating the attack. ...
1 video (Total 31 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
1 video
2 readings
Modern Cyber Attack Strategy10m
Major Threat Actors10m
2 practice exercises
Cyber Threats Self Check6m
Foundation Quiz #210m
1 hour to complete

Foundation Module 4: Malware and Spamming

Module 4 first introduces different attacker utilization of Bots and Botnets, including Command and Control (CnC), Spamming and DDoS implementations. The module contains detailed explanations of Malware types and categories, and explains how attackers identify vulnerabilities and perform exploits....
3 videos (Total 23 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
Video: Malware and Exploits8m
Video: Malicious Software8m
2 readings
Bots and Botnets10m
Malware - Cyberattack Techniques and Types10m
1 practice exercise
Foundation Quiz #310m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Foundation Module 5 - WiFi and Advanced Threats

Module 5 delivers a deep-dive analysis of common WiFi protocols, their specific vulnerabilities, and attacker strategies for exploits. Further discussions include details on DDoS and Advanced Persistent Threat modeling. ...
1 video (Total 9 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
1 video
2 readings
WiFi Vulnerabilities10m
DDoS and Advanced Threats10m
1 practice exercise
Foundation Quiz #410m
1 hour to complete

Foundation Module 6 - Network Security Models

Module 6 importantly discovers the relationships and differences between regulatory compliance and security. Many current industry compliance standards are identified. The module delivers an in-depth analysis of the Zero Trust (employing the least-privilege best practices) and Perimeter-based network security models, architectures and designs. ...
2 videos (Total 4 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Video: Network Security Models II57s
2 readings
Network Security Models10m
Compliance and Security10m
1 practice exercise
Foundation Quiz #520m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Foundation Module 7 - Cloud and Data Center Security

Module 7 explicitly defines virtual data center architectures and their data communications pathways. Core cloud security principles such as server consolidation, trust levels, selective security virtualization and dynamic computing fabric resource implementations are identified as critical components of effective cloud computing security architectures. ...
3 videos (Total 27 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
Video: Cloud Security II10m
Video: Data Center Security6m
2 readings
Cloud Security10m
Data Center Security10m
1 practice exercise
Foundation Quiz #620m
3 hours to complete

Foundation Module 8 - Best Practice and Principles

Module 8 presents security anti-malware strategies including signature-based, container-based, application whitelisting, and anomaly-based techniques. It further discusses the application of firewalls, mobile device management, patching and configuration management as strategies to implement to minimize vulnerabilities. Module 8 also provides detailed descriptions of network security devices including firewalls types (packet filtering, stateful inspection, application), Intrusion Detection and Prevention, VPN designs and protocols, Data Loss Prevention, Unified Threat Modeling and Security Information and Event Modeling. ...
2 videos (Total 17 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
2 videos
Video: Network Security Devices II8m
3 readings
Network Security Technologies I10m
Network Security Technologies II10m
Password Strength Tester10m
1 practice exercise
Foundation Quiz #710m
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Top Reviews

By CBNov 11th 2018

I learned a lot from the course of Cyber security Foundation.\n\nI like the final project of this course, and I will recommend this course to my colleagues at my company.

By MINov 27th 2018

This course is very excellent for the cyber security and it provide me alot of information about the computer secuirty threats.

Instructor

James Dalton

Academy Curriculum Developer

About Palo Alto Networks

The Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy equips students with leading-edge cybersecurity knowledge and skills they will need to protect their digital way of life and prepare for the many unfilled jobs in cybersecurity....

About the Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Specialization

The Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Specialization prepares students for entry level careers in cybersecurity, with an emphasis on administering the Palo Alto Networks Next Generation Firewall. All courses also map learning objectives to the U.S. NIST/NICE framework and cybersecurity work roles....
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