PUE Academy today unveiled an agreement signed with Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, to become its exclusive Cybersecurity Academy partner in Spain. The agreement signed by both organizations recognizes PUE as the sole regional partner in Spain to set up and manage Palo Alto Networks’ cybersecurity education initiative across the country.  

Àngel Garcia, Director de PUE Academy y Arkadiusz Kotowski, Cybersecurity Academy Manager de Palo Alto Networks.

Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy provides academic institutions with active learning plans including access to training, (virtual) labs and certification in the most cutting edge cybersecurity solutions. More than 1,000 institutions across 72 countries are already part of the Cybersecurity Academy programme, equipping their students with the necessary cybersecurity knowledge and skills to find success in a constantly changing and rapidly evolving sector.

As part of the agreement, PUE Academy will manage the Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy programme in Spain with an action plan that includes teacher training and periodic events to get to know the initiative, helping to prepare future generations of trained professionals in this highly requested field.

With this agreement, PUE Academy and Palo Alto Networks undertake the mission to promote and provide official cybersecurity training and certification within the context of growing cybersecurity threats and a lack of qualified professionals: The (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study reflects a severe shortage of these experts. They estimate 2.8 million qualified cybersecurity professionals worldwide, while in order to defend organizations correctly there is a need for 4.07 million more.

“We face a skills gap in the cybersecurity industry. Training the next generation of cybersecurity specialists is critical in helping secure our digital future. We look forward to working with PUE Academy to deliver our education initiative to the Spanish market, as we strive to help ensure that each day is safer and more secure than the one before,” said Arkadiusz Kotowski, Cybersecurity Academy Manager at Palo Alto Networks.

Educational centres that are interested in becoming official Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy centres will have at their disposal the PUE Academy team aiding them in the entire process, with full service from the outset, including continuous advice and support. The PUE Academy team can support with:

  • Programme setup and management
  • Development support and advice
  • Teacher training
  • Certification exam discounts
  • Access to teaching resources included in the programme, such as access to the e-learning platform with official training courses 

PUE Academy opts for technology with the highest demand and use

Palo Alto Networks leads and develops highly demanded technology in the field of ICT training.

In this context, Angel Garcia, PUE Academy director, explains that “the incorporation of Palo Alto Networks’ Cybersecurity Academy initiative in the portfolio of educational programmes run by PUE Academy enables us to expand our educational services in the field of cybersecurity in the hands of renowned experts, which aligns with our goal of bringing the most commonly used methods and solutions from the world of business to the educational field.”

The teaching resources that Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy offers to educational centres includes: cybersecurity curricula for beginner, intermediate and advanced online students through Moodle, Palo Alto Networks’ free virtual firewall VM-50 licenses, discounts on hardware and certification, amongst many other benefits. 

At PUE, we are grateful to Arkadiusz Kotowski and the whole Palo Alto Networks team for their recognition of our experience and leadership in international Academy initiatives, exclusively entrusting us with the dissemination and management of their educational programme in Spain. 

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Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy programme

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