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ACE – Accredited Configuration Engineer

Course Description

9 Hours

57 Videos

The Palo Alto Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE) certification is designed to test learners’ knowledge of the core features and functions of Palo Alto next-generation firewalls. The primary goal of the ACE exam is to serve as an objective indication of a learner’s ability to configure Palo Alto Networks firewalls using the PAN-OS. For the ACE certification, learners should be prepared to address issues including interfaces, zones, security policies, best practices, and more.

You will learn

  • Configure and manage the essential features of Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls
  • Configure and manage Global Protect to protect systems that are located outside of the data center perimeter
  • Configure and manage firewall high availability
  • Monitor network traffic using the interactive web interface and firewall reports

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Course Syllabus

  • Module 1: Next-Generation Security Platform and Architecture
  • Module 2: Virtual and Cloud Deployment
  • Module 3: Initial Configuration
  • Module 4: Interface Configuration
  • Module 5: Security and NAT Policies
  • Module 6: App-ID™
  • Module 7: Content-ID™
  • Module 8: URL Filtering
  • Module 9: Decryption
  • Module 10: WildFire™
  • Module 11: User-ID™
  • Module 12: Global Protect™
  • Module 13: Site-to-Site VPNs
  • Module 14: Monitoring and Reporting
  • Module 15: Active/Passive High Availability
  • Module 16: Next-Generation Security Practices

Roadmap to Success: Palo Alto ACE

Roadmap to Success is a series of posts designed to help learners better understand certification pathways, career opportunities associated with those certifications, and next steps beyond certification.Palo Alto firewalls have emerged as a real force in the IT industry. As a shocking number of organizations are turning to Palo Alto products to improve security, the Palo Alto Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE) has become a highly sought after certification for employers. Roles for which the ACE is valuable include network security administrator, firewall administrator, network security engineer, and more.Palo Alto Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE)
The Palo Alto Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE) certification is designed to test learners’ knowledge of the core features and functions of Palo Alto next-generation firewalls. The primary goal of the ACE exam is to serve as an objective indication of a learner’s ability to configure Palo Alto Networks firewalls using the PAN-OS. For the ACE certification, learners should be prepared to address issues including interfaces, zones, security policies, best practices, and more.The ACE certification is made up of one exam, which is covered by IT Tutor Pro training:

Learn more about Palo Alto Network Firewalls from these previous blog posts, webinars, and more:

  • Six Reasons to Learn Palo Alto Firewalls
  • Recording: Power of Palo Alto Firewalls (webinar recording)
  • Cisco ASA versus Palo Alto Networks Firewalls

Exam Registration and Authorization
Palo Alto administers certification exams through its Learning Center. To register for an exam, learners must first create an account.

Exam Details
The ACE exam is unique certification exam experience in several ways. Carefully review the information below to fully understand what to expect from the ACE exam.

Time allotted for exam: Unlimited — there is no time limit for the ACE exam.
Number of questions: 50
Passing score: Palo Alto does not publish the passing score, however, learners can retake the exam as many times as necessary to achieve a passing score.
Question types: Multiple choice
Exam registration: Palo Alto Networks
Exam cost: Free

The ACE certification has no recertification requirements. However, the ACE certification changes with major revisions to the software that runs the Palo Alto Networks platform. Though the ACE is, effectively, a life-time certification, it may be outdated by more current versions of the credential.

The Next Step
The ACE certification is the first of just two certifications offered by Palo Alto Networks. Those who complete the ACE are eligible to continue on to the Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE).

Some learners may choose to diversify their certification resume by adding certifications on related training pathways from other vendors. Those learners often choose to pursue:

Career Considerations provides a helpful salary guide to help learners determine appropriate pay scales for job opportunities associated with the ACE certification. Depending on professional experience, an employee who holds the ACE certification can earn, on average, $74,000. Roles or titles for ACE certified employees include senior network engineer, senior firewall engineer, network security engineer, and more.

Palo Alto Networks Certifications
Palo Alto Networks offers just two certifications. The first, the Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE) creates the foundation which the Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) certification builds upon.

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