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Palo Alto Networks Faculty Training: Admin I (Cybersecurity Infrastructure Configuration)

Please note that this is not an asynchronous on-line track. Everyone is expected to log in every day all day according to the Winter Working Connections schedule. This is a synchronous track.

This on-line Working Connections event is intended solely for the person who registers. Link sharing is only permitted with the prior approval of the National Convergence Technology Center.

Registration is now CLOSED. Both tracks are sold out. But please mark your calendars for Summer Working Connections 2019, to be held in Frisco, Texas July 8-12, 2019.


This faculty training will prepare you to teach the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Configuration (CIC) course offered through participating in the Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy program. It will provide hands-on experience to do the course labs available through our partner, Network Development Group (NDG), as virtual labs (preferred) or you can set up your own Palo Alto Networks VM-50s (free). Further it prepares faculty to become Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator or PCNSA which will be released in early 2019.

This course provides the student with a general understanding of how to install, configure, and manage firewalls for defense of enterprise network architecture. Students will learn the theory and configuration steps for setting up the security, networking, threat prevention, logging, and reporting features of next generation firewall technologies.

Participants will be provided a Moodle course link to self-enroll in prior to the start of the online course along with a Zoom Link to attend the online course. Faculty who successfully complete all course labs (submission of screen shots required), pass all chapter assessments (quizzes and final exams) at 80+%, final assignment and course survey will receive the authorized faculty certificate to begin teaching the course.


To understand the content and successfully complete this course, a faculty should have knowledge and skills associated with the following:
• Students must have a basic familiarity with networking concepts including routing, switching, and IP addressing.
• Students also should be familiar with basic security concepts. Experience with other security technologies (IPS, proxy, and content filtering) is a plus.

Prerequisite Course: Cybersecurity Academy Orientation (AO)
Course link:
Self-enroll password: 1CAOe-learning


None; course content will be delivered via Moodle.



Jim Boardman is a Palo Alto Networks academy technical engineer and his duties include: training faculty, setting up new academies, managing cybersecurity competition support and providing curriculum support. Before joining Palo Alto Networks, Jim worked at Alfred State College, Alfred, NY , where he taught networking, cybersecurity and served as the department chair. While at Alfred State, Jim was a certified Palo Alto Networks academy instructor, certified VMware academy instructor, a certified Cisco academy instructor and a certified Linux Professional Institute academy instructor. Jim was also the coach of Alfred State College’s cybersecurity team that competed at local and national competitions such as the North East Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, CyberSEED and Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition.

Jim’s current certifications include: Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), PCNSE7, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and CCNA Security. Additionally, Jim has passed the route and switch exams for CCNP certification. Before working at Alfred State College, Jim was the senior network solutions architect at startup company Power Up Networks and was a network solutions architect at Nortel Networks.

Jim retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. While serving in the Air Force, Jim held a number of interesting jobs to include serving as a presidential communications officer at the White House Communications Agency and as the commander for 3rd Communications Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska.

Jim graduated with a BS degree from Cornell University and MS in Computer Science/Teleprocessing from University of Southern Mississippi. Jim has four children.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast industry leading firewall platforms, architecture, and defense capability related to zero trust security models and public cloud security.
  • Demonstrate and apply configuration of firewall initial access, interfaces, security zones, virtual routing, filtering, licensing, service routes, software updates, and policy-based forwarding.
  • Analyze security policy administrative concepts related to source and destination network address translation.
  • Outline and construct security policies to identify known and unknown application software running on the service network.
  • Differentiate, configure, and deploy filtering technologies such as anti-virus, anti-spyware, and file blocking, to protect against telemetry induced attack vectors.
  • Construct and deploy uniform resource locator profiles for attachment to next generation firewall security policies.


Topic 0: Cybersecurity Academy Overview and Course Overview
Topic 1: Next-Generation Security Platform and Architecture Module
Topic 2: Initial Configuration
Topic 3: Overview of NIST/NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework
Topic 4: Interface Configuration
Topic 5: Security and NAT Policies
Topic 6: App-ID
Topic 7: Application-ID
Topic 8: URL Filtering

Day 1 Central Time Zone
9:00 AM – 9:50 AM: Introductions
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM: Brief Academy Overview and Platforms and Architecture
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM: Initial Configuration
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch Break
1:00 PM – 1:50 PM: Lab and Quiz Time
2:00 PM – 2:50 PM: NIST/NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework Overview
3:00 PM – 3:50 PM: Interface Configuration
4:00 PM – 4:50 PM: Lab and Quiz Time

Day 2 Central Time Zone
9:00 AM – 9:50 AM: Lab and Quiz Time
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM: NAT and Security Policy
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM: Lab and Quiz Time
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch Break
1:00 PM – 1:50 PM: App-ID
2:00 PM – 2:50 PM: Lab and Quiz Time
3:00 PM – 3:50 PM: Content-ID
4:00 PM – 4:50 PM: Lab and Quiz Time

Day 3 Central Time Zone
9:00 AM – 9:50 AM: URL Profile
10:00 AM – 12 PM: Lab and Quiz Time

Course Labs

The following labs that will be taught to support the CIC course are:

• Lab 1 – Initial Configuration
• Lab 2 – Interface Configuration
• Lab 3 – Security and NAT Polices
• Lab 4 – App-ID
• Lab 5.1 – Content-ID Malware/Virtus Protection
• Lab 5.2 – Content-ID Malware/Virtus Protection
• Lab 6 – URL Filtering

Please note that content is subject to change or modification based on the unique needs of the track participants in attendance.

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