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What Is Second Watch?

Second Watch by Palo Alto Networks is a new, no-cost, cybersecurity training and certification initiative for military veterans entering the cybersecurity industry.


Our mission at Palo Alto Networks is to make each day safer and more secure than the one before. And we do this by embracing our company values—disruption, execution, collaboration, integrity, and inclusion. Coincidentally, many military veterans have already incorporated these values into their lives and contribute to our mission, which is why we are giving back through Second Watch.


Second Watch provides veterans with hands-on practice labs to build muscle memory and arm them with practical cybersecurity skills. Whether transitioning to the civilian world happened yesterday or four decades ago, veterans are needed to help fight the global threat of cyber-attacks.


How Can Second Watch Help Veterans Get into Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity encompasses the technologies, practices and people working together to secure information in the digital age. Veterans have unique experience that transitions perfectly into successful careers in cybersecurity. Second Watch provides the necessary training through a predetermined skills learning path to help veterans turn their innate values into careers in cybersecurity.


In today’s widespread use of mobile apps, cloud computing, and connected devices, there is a massive demand for people who understand how to respond to threats and prevent successful attacks. 


Second Watch Free Training and Free Certification

Yes! The Skills Learning Path covers 10 self-paced steps that guide veterans through free digital learning courses. Along the way, veterans will have the opportunity to take the Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator (PCNSA) exam. After completing the free online courses, the end of the path will lead Veterans to the opportunity to take the Palo Alto Networks Certified Security Engineer (PCNSE) exam. Upon completion of the courses and verification of your veteran status, Veterans will be offered vouchers to take a free exam for each of our certifications—PCCSA, PCNSA, and PCNSE. Veterans will also be able to find free veteran employment resources in the Second Watch FAQ.


Becoming a Palo Alto Networks Certified Security Administrator will help fast-track your career into the rapidly growing, challenging, and rewarding field of cybersecurity by allowing you to demonstrate the ability to configure and effectively deploy a Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall.


For more information about Second Watch, please visit their community page: Second Watch Veterans Network.


To get in contact with our veterans recruiting staff, please send an email to or you may visit the Second Watch Discussion forum to post your questions.

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