For most enterprises, the firewall is the fundamental building block of their network security. Firewalls are nominally used to provide perimeter security, examining network traffic as it flows into and out of your network, and allowing or denying that traffic based on rules that you determine.
Today, however, firewalls do a lot more than provide simple network security. Today's firewalls are used to support virtual private networks (VPNs), handle SSL and other types of secure traffic, and even provide application-level protection. Firewalls are capable of doing much more than they've done at any point in the past, and they're being asked to do more than they ever have.
The Importance of Good Firewall Management
But a mis-configured firewall is not only most likely not providing those next-generation features, it's probably exposing your systems to exploits and other vulnerabilities. In fact, over 95% of security breaches are caused by human error, according to IBM., and a large percentage of those are due to errors within the security infrastructure, including firewalls.
Learning Firewall Management with NCA
At NCA, we live and breathe network security, and we not only manage network security for many of our clients, we train companies how to manage their own security devices as well. Our training class for Palo Alto Firewall Management focuses on the Installation, Configuration and Management of Palo Alto Firewalls, with specific attention given to the Palo Alto Networks Operating System, or PAN-OS. In the class, we'll cover such topics as:
Network Concepts - Understanding how the Palo Alto Firewall is configured within a network; basic network security concepts
Threat Prevention - Learn how to configure the Palo Alto Network Operating System (PAN-OS); configure Palo Alto firewalls for advanced threat prevention
Logging and Reporting - Configure the Palo Alto firewall to log incidents and events as they occur; configure a Palo Alto firewall to send logs to central/remote log management systems; configure Palo Alto firewalls to generate reports of activity, events and incidents.
The 3-day course combines lecture with hands-on labs, and covers all Palo Alto Firewall models from the PA-200 through PA-5000 series firewalls. The course is introductory, although we recommend at least a basic understanding of network security prior to attempting the course.
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