About this Specialization

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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. The Specialization project requires that students demonstrate fundamental networking and skills learned in configuring the Palo Alto Networks firewall including but not limited to the following: create and analyze packet captures using Wireshark; initially configure firewall interfaces and zones; creating a firewall zero-trust environment with zones, security policies, and NAT; and decrypting SSH traffic through decryption policies.
Learner Career Outcomes
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Started a new career after completing this specialization.
Shareable Certificate
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100% online courses
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Flexible Schedule
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Beginner Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Arabic
Learner Career Outcomes
50%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Arabic

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Palo Alto Networks Academy Cybersecurity Foundation

4.7
stars
344 ratings
86 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Gateway I

4.7
stars
105 ratings
21 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Gateway II

4.7
stars
79 ratings
17 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Essentials I

4.7
stars
70 ratings
14 reviews

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  • Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • Each of the five courses is scheduled for 3+ weeks of activity.

  • The PAN CyberSecurity Specialization is structured as an entry level to cybersecurity.

  • Yes. As you go forward in the specialization both hands-on practice as well as course discoveries are built upon previous learning elements.

  • Projects that utilize the NDG lab environment are required assignments in the Gateway and Essentials Courses. You will be able to review the course readings, videos, material and assessments but you will not be able to successfully complete the course without access to the NDG lab environment.

  • Completing the 5 course track as well as the labs will help prepare you to compete for the PCCSA certification, available through PearsonVue on-site or online proctored. Please visit this site to further prepare for the PCCSA and other Palo Alto Networks certifications. https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/services/education/certification

  • You will be qualified for an entry level position in cybersecurity, and also have hands-on practical experience using the PAN Next Generation firewall.

  • To provide a hands-on experience with the Palo Alto Networks Next Generation Firewall, the Gateway and Essentials courses utilize a cloud based virtual lab component. The labs fees of $24.95 per month is paid directly to Network Development Group (NDG) and is not included as part of the Coursera subscription. Please refer to the “LAB SETUP START HERE: Connecting to the NDG platform and performing labs” informational resource found in the Course Information area of the Gateway and Essentials courses for specific details on enrollment and payment for NDG labs

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