Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy

Protecting life in the digital age one student at a time

What is your academic institution doing to address the cybersecurity skills gap?

Qualified academic institutions receive free access to curriculum, hands-on labs, faculty training and virtual firewalls

Benefits for faculty

Through a global network of approved cybersecurity academies, students prepare for cybersecurity careers. They will learn cybersecurity fundamentals, network security, cloud security and how a security operations center (SOC) works via the hands-on curriculum.

  • Free Palo Alto Networks created curriculum, technology and faculty training
  • Discounts on next generation security hardware and certification exams

Join the academy

Become one of our many cybersecurity academies in more than 70 countries training the next-generation security workforce.

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Apply to become a cybersecurity academy

  1. Review the cybersecurity academy Program Guide for all program benefits, restrictions, and resources.
  2. Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions of the PANW cybersecurity academy agreement.
  3. Click here to apply for the cybersecurity academy.
  4. Work with the cybersecurity academy team to enroll in faculty training as well as decide on your best lab setup and course delivery options.
  5. Start teaching!

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*Note: The cybersecurity academy is not available in all countries.

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PANW cybersecurity academy agreement T&Cs


Program support

Contact the cybersecurity academy team for all program inquiries or questions.

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Faculty support

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Partner support

Network Development Group (NDG)

Provide cybersecurity skills practice labs for select Palo Alto Networks courses.


Provide support for the cybersecurity academic discount equipment program.


Provide printed course materials service to academics that want to order and purchase printed course materials.

Benefits for students

  • Range of entry-level through advanced courses on today's cybersecurity landscape, threat prevention and next generation technology for cloud security, network security and Secure Operation Center operations
  • Hands-on labs to teach cybersecurity job skills
  • Discounts on Palo Alto Networks certifications

Students should ask their instructor or institution administrator about the opportunities Palo Alto Networks offers through the Palo Alto Network Cybersecurity Academy.

Check the world map below to see if your institution is already an authorized cybersecurity academy.

Go to the free resources tab for cybersecurity career and learning resources.

Worldwide Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academies

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Academy curriculum

The cybersecurity academy offers a comprehensive set of modularized academic and technical courses that match the cybersecurity education and training needs of secondary and post-secondary Education institutions.

Academy curriculum is aligned with the U.S. national initiative for cybersecurity education, or NICE, framework for cybersecurity work roles and is developed to be delivered over an academic term. Our courses prepare students for various work roles, including:

  • Network Operations Specialist
  • Systems Security Analyst
  • Cyber Defense Analyst

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Worldwide Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academies

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Free resources

Palo Alto Networks is committed to ensuring secure experiences in the digital world for students and inspiring them to pursue careers in cybersecurity. Check out the free resources that Palo Alto Networks is providing to facilitate cybersecurity awareness and knowledge growth for students.

Cybersecurity and why it matters

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Networking security and why it matters

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Cybersecurity Survival Guide

A 250-page PDF that provides a valuable overview of today’s threat landscape and describes the tools and technology required to defend against today’s cyber attacks.


Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

This self-paced digital learning course features narrated content, interactions, demonstrations, and knowledge checks.

Go to the: Palo Alto Networks Learning Center

• Register as a “Guest,” and search for Introduction to Cybersecurity (EDU-010)


Articles that provide a foundational understanding of all things cybersecurity.

Visit Cyberpedia

Unit 42

Research by the global threat intelligence team at Palo Alto Networks® and a recognized authority on cyberthreats.

Visit Unit 42

Security Roundtable

An editorially independent online resource for insightful, actionable information about the cybersecurity landscape.

Visit Security Roundtable

Machine Learning Research Data Sets

Analysis and research tool for education institutions.

Visit Request Data Sets


This site provides career pathways, jobs (U.S. focused) and tools for students, educators and employers.

Visit Cyberseek

Cybersecurity Career Guide

Learn how others began their career in cybersecurity.

Visit Cybersecurity Career Guide

Cyber A.C.E.S.

16 activities equipping students 5-15 years with an understanding of how to protect their digital future, have safer online experiences and become good digital citizens. Designed to be facilitated by anyone, regardless of their knowledge level.

Visit Cyber A.C.E.S.

Second Watch Program

Veterans have completed a vital first watch in their military careers. With Second Watch, we want to help them train to protect our digital way of life. An initiative to help veterans find a new mission in cybersecurity by providing no-cost online cybersecurity training and certification opportunities.

Visit Second Watch Program

Additional resources

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