Today I would like to introduce you to the Palo Alto Networks PCNSE7 exam and how to prepare for it. I would start by discussing about the PCNSE7 exam related skills and technologies. Then I will share my personal experience on how you can increase your chances of success in the Palo Alto Networks PCNSE7 exam which is one of the way you can achieve “Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer” Certification.
The Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) is a highly coveted professional certification and a PCNSE is expected to have the skills required to design, configure, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot majority of network security implementations based on the Palo Alto Networks security equipment. Pre-sales system engineers, system integrators and support staff usually hold or pursue this certification and you can expect same job roles after completion of this certification.
This exam validates the ability to identify how Palo Alto Networks products work together to detect and prevent threats, determine how to control bandwidth utilisation on a per application basis. It also deals with the ability to identify configurations for distributed log collections and verify functionality, determine how to leverage Panorama to centrally manage device configurations and logs and explain the process to update a Palo Alto Networks system to the latest version of code or content. Topics covered in the exam include PAN-OS 7.0, Panorama 7.0, GlobalProtect, and vaious other aspects of network security management through the Palo Alto firewalls.
The exam is laid out into six domains:
- Architecture and Design
- Core Concepts
- Logs and Stats
- Policies and Procedures
Most candidates fail to pass the certification exam because they think they have completed related materials and course now they are ready to win the title. But we must not underestimate the importance of hands on experience and practice multiple scenarios. It is recommended that candidates choosing to take the PCNSE exam have a thorough understanding of the various network security requirements and are familiar with the administrative aspect of implementing them through the Palo Alto firewalls. In addition to the training for Palo Alto ACE qualification if candidates have undergone PCNSE training, it will certainly help their chances of passing the exam in the first attempt.
Palo Alto Networks PCNSE Exam Details
Name of the Certification: Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer on PAN OS7
Exam Prerequisites: None, the Palo Alto PCNSE exams are tied to specific OS versions/ Anyone with the ability and desire to demonstrate a deep understanding of Palo Alto Networks technologies can take the exam, however, it is strongly recommended that you either take professional training or have strong hands or experience with Palo Alto Firewalls
Exam Delivered via Pearson VUE: http://www.pearsonvue.com/paloaltonetworks
Exam Series: PCNSE7
Total time for the exam: 90 minutes for Native English Speakers, 120 for Non-native English Speakers
Number of items on the Exam: 60
Exam Format/Mode: Multiple Choice, Scenarios with Graphics and Matching items from one list to another list
Exam Language: English
Once you have passed the exam, you will be entitled to use the PCNSE title along with the certificate, you will receive login details for the certification management from Palo Alto, and you will be allowed to use the logo and PCNSE bage. here is how an example certificate looks: