Palo Alto Cybersecurity


Cybersecurity Application


The Internet is growing faster than the growth of people to protect it.

A career in cybersecurity is not only in demand, it is also one that is rewarding and challenging. As a cybersecurity professional, you get the opportunity to:

Work in a constantly evolving environment, deal with cutting-edge technologies and systems that go on to serve millions and millions of users.

As a professional in this field, you may be dealing with technologies that can span from robots to cars, to websites; the variety is endless. 

  • Duration: Daytime, February of Grade 11 to January of Grade 12 (no classes in July or August)
  • Prior to Program: Successful completion of
    • all required Grade 10 courses, including Math 10 Precalculus & Foundations
    • There are no prerequisites for this program, but a strong interest in technology is recommended
  • Overview: Students will complete the 4 Palo Alto courses – Fundamentals of Cybersecurity, Network Security, Cloud Security and Security Operations.  Courses are delivered in a blended learning format.
  • Equipment & Textbook costs: ***TBD
  • Certification Received: Palo Alto Networks Certified Cybersecurity Entry-level Technician (PCCET)
  • Further education opportunities: UFV CIS Certificate or Diploma; UFV BSc Computing Science; BCIT CIT or CST Diploma; BCIT Industrial Network Cybersecurity Diploma; BCIT BTech; KPU CIS Certificate or Diploma; KPU BTech
  • Future employment opportunities: IT technician, software development, graphic & network design, web & database design & programming, network & database administration, end-user support

The Abbotsford School District has partnered with Palo Alto Networks to train students in Cybersecurity.  Students will complete the 4 Palo Alto courses – Fundamentals of Cybersecurity, Network Security, Cloud Security and Security Operations – through instruction and hands-on labs in a firewall setting. Upon completion of the program, students may choose to write an industry-recognized certification exam (Palo Alto Networks Certified Cybersecurity Entry-level Technician). In conjunction with an Information Technology Certificate, Diploma or Degree in Computer Sciences, Graphic Design, Business, or Management, students have the opportunity for employment in Information Security, which forecasts a global shortage of 3.5 million cyber security professionals by 2021 and in Canada alone we are estimated to require 8,000 by 2022. Have a look at current Cyber attacks live - Click here.