Palo Alto Networks Firewall 8.1 Essentials: Configuration and Management

Track Room Location: Heritage Hall, TBD


This course will cover all aspects of configuring and managing our firewall appliance as well as how it integrates into our technology platform. It is our full EDU 210 commercial training course and will include our newest 8.1 labs. There are 16 modules in this course including 2 new modules covering Virtual and Cloud Deployment and Next-Generation Security Practices.


A good understanding of networking and cybersecurity concepts


Jim Boardman is an Academy Technical Engineer and his duties include: training faculty, setting up new academies, managing our cybersecurity competition support and helping in the development of curriculum. 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. Before PowerUp Networks, Jim worked at Nortel Networks as the local Internet portfolio network management architect. Jim served in the Air Force as a communications officer and 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 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.

Three Objectives

  1. Learn how to license and set up the firewall to inspect network traffic
  2. Learn how the firewall integrates with our technology platform both at the enterprise edge and in the cloud.
  3. Learn how to turn on the full power of our firewall appliance to align with the best practices of: having complete visibility of your network traffic, reducing your attack surface area, protecting against known attacks and protecting against unknown attacks.


We will have 3 hours of instruction each day intermixed with 2 hours of hands on lab time for a total of 5 hours of class time each day
Module 0: Cybersecurity Academy Overview
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: GlobalProtect
Module 13: Site-to-Site VPNs
Module 14: Monitoring and Reporting
Module 15: Active/Passive High Availability
Module 16: Next-Generation Security Practices

Certification/Instructor Resources

None, we will provide all course materials

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