How I Passed The PCNSE Exam

Today I will share with you my experience with the PCNSE exam. Two weeks ago, I passed the PCNSE exam to earn the Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer certification. It was a great experience as I was able to get through the exam on the first attempt without any formal training. 

Let me introduce myself to you first. I am a Cybersecurity Engineer in the zonal office of a leading bank. I have a strong background in Networks and Cybersecurity with vast experience in the same. I did a Bachelor’s in Computer Sciences. I then joined a manufacturing concern as a network administrator. I did CompTIA Network+ and CCNA certification during that job. Then I joined my present employer as a network administrator. My job at the bank involved more complex security concerns than my previous job which was a standalone infrastructure whereas the bank is connected to an international network and cloud. I then did CompTIA Security+ to equip myself with basic cybersecurity skills. It helped me a lot in handling security challenges more effectively. Last year we switched to the Palo Alto Cybersecurity platform with the deployment of the Next-Generation Firewall. The Installation was done by the team from our regional headquarter. It was my first experience with the Palo Alto platform. After the deployment, brief training was given to manage our daily operations. After a few months of usage, I realized that I need to learn more about the platform. My Security+ training was good enough to equip me with the basic security concepts and routine challenges but now I needed some specialized qualification to work more efficiently with the Palo Alto platform. That was the time when I decided to go for PCNSE training and Certification. So I got the training material for the PCNSE exam from my favorite CertsOut. I have a great experience with CertsOut during my previous exams. I took the complete bundle of PDF and Testing Engine from CertsOut and started the preparation.  Braindumps from CertsOut have always been my preference due to the accurate contents. CertsOut provides a money-back guarantee for the training material they offer. With a regular schedule, I was able to complete my preparations in two months. After that, I took the exam and passed it in my first attempt to earn the Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer certification. Now I feel much more confident while working with the setup. 

I would suggest you make wise choices while going for a certification exam. It can be as easy as anything if you have the right stuff with you otherwise it can be an uphill task. 


The Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) is a formal, third-party proctored

certification that indicates that those who have achieved it possess the in-depth knowledge to design,

install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot most implementations based on the Palo Alto Networks


This exam will certify that the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills necessary to implement

the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall PAN-OS 10.0 platform in any environment.

Exam Details

Certification Name: Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer

Delivered through: Pearson VUE:

Exam Series: PCNSE

Seat Time: 80 minutes

Number of items: 75

Format: Multiple Choice, Scenarios with Graphics, and Matching

Languages: English and Japanese

Intended Audience

The Certsout PCNSE dumps should be taken by anyone who wants to demonstrate a deep understanding of Palo Alto Networks technologies, including customers who use Palo Alto Networks products, value-added resellers, pre-sales system engineers, system integrators, and support staff.


The candidate should have three to five years’ experience working in the Networking or Security industries

and the equivalent of 6 to 12 months’ experience deploying and configuring Palo Alto Networks NGFW

within the Palo Alto Networks product portfolio

Skills Required

  • You can plan, deploy, configure, operate, and troubleshoot Palo Alto Networks Product portfolio components.
  • You have product expertise and understand the unique aspects of the Palo Alto Networks product
  • portfolio and how to deploy one appropriately.
  • You understand networking and Security policies used by PAN-OS software

PCNSE: Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer

The PCNSE certification validates the knowledge and skills required for network security engineers that design, deploy, operate, manage, and troubleshoot Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls. PCNSE-certified individuals have demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the Palo Alto Networks product portfolio and can make full use of it in the vast majority of implementations.

Certification Objectives

Palo Alto Networks technology is highly integrated and automated. The Palo Alto Networks product portfolio comprises multiple separate technologies working in unison to prevent successful cyberattacks. The PCNSE validates that engineers can correctly deploy Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls while leveraging the rest of the platform.

Target Audience

Anyone who uses Palo Alto Networks products, including customers, partners, system engineers, systems integrators, and support engineers.

Enablement Path

This certification has no prerequisites. Recommended training includes the Firewall Essentials: Configuration and Management (EDU-210) course, the Panorama: Managing Firewalls at Scale (EDU-220) course, the Firewall: Troubleshooting (330)  course, the PCNSE Study Guide, and six months of hands-on experience with the product in deployment.

Exam Topics

The exam covers topics related to PAN-OS® software, Panorama, GlobalProtect, and other aspects of the Palo Alto Networks network security platform that a firewall administrator needs to know to design, install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot the vast majority of Palo Alto Networks implementations. This exam does not cover Aperture, Traps, or AutoFocus.

Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer – PCNSE

Based on PAN-OS® Version 9.1

Domain Weight (%)
Plan 16%
Deploy and Configure 23%
Operate 20%
Configuration Troubleshooting 18%
Core Concepts 23%
Total 100%


For exact details of what is covered in the exam, please refer to our PCNSE Blueprint and Study Guide.


Palo Alto Networking Inc. is one of the leading cybersecurity solution providers. Known for its Next-Generation Firewall and Cloud Security product, Palo Alto Networking is serving more than 77,000 customers in 150 countries of the world. This global presence and acknowledgment make it an in-demand professional skill. If you are seeking a career in Palo Alto security platform solutions, Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer can be a great certification. PCNSE is a career-oriented certification in the Cybersecurity sphere. 

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