PCNSE and PCNSA exam changes with 10.0

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Palo Alto Networks Education Services is committed to ensuring that our certification exams are of the highest quality to validate the knowledge, skills, and abilities of cybersecurity professionals. As we stay at the forefront of the rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape and model our products to fit the dynamic industry, we are pleased to announce the latest certification upgrades.


As of, August 17th, the Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) and the Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator (PCNSA) certification exams reflect changes based on PAN-OS 10.0.


Changes on the PCNSE include authentication policy exceptions, blocking private key exports, decryption logs, ACC Widgets, and the Global Protect Device Quarantine List.


Changes on the PCNSA include App-ID based policy creation, URL filtering profile vs. URL category in security policy usage, URL Filtering Inline ML, and new DNS Security Signature categories. It will also test individuals on their ability to identify the benefits and differences between the Prevention Posture Assessment (heatmap) and Best Practice Assessment (BPA) reports.

If you are in the process of preparing for or planning to pursue the PCNSA or PCNSE certifications, please review the PAN-OS 10 Administrator’s Guide to become familiar with the new topic areas before attempting examination.


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Where can I find PCNSE 10.0 study guide. Please share the link. Thank you.

I believe that’s the PCNSA....





and here is the discussion of the different Certs and the links to guides and documentation



also the education Learning component of the paloAlto site has practice exams and other items

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