Palo Alto Networks - Academy Programme

Palo Alto Networks - Academy Programme

Palo Alto Networks is committed to equipping this next generation of students with the hands-on cybersecurity knowledge they will need to survive and thrive in the ever-changing global cyber threat landscape. The Palo Alto Networks Academy will provide cybersecurity courseware, certifications, faculty training, instructional resources, and enterprise security platform lab technology at no cost to qualified European academic institutions. We will also be actively involved in sponsoring and supporting collegiate and secondary cybersecurity competitions in Europe. The start of this project is scheduled for the third quarter of 2017.



Pledge Category

Digital skills for ICT professionals
Digital skills in education

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/06/2017
End date: 31/12/2018

Other Pledge details

Public Funding: NO

Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks is the next-generation security company, leading a new era in cybersecurity by safely enabling applications and preventing cyber breaches for tens of thousands of organizations worldwide. Built with an innovative approach and highly differentiated cyberthreat prevention capabilities, our game-changing security platform delivers security far superior to legacy or point products, safely enables daily business operations, and protects an organization's most valuable assets.

Qualitative Impact

Security professionals across the public and private sector alike agree that cybersecurity training must be given high priority as the sophistication, complexity and sheer volume of successful cyberattacks increases and threatens our digital way of life. The International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 forecasts an overall cybersecurity skills shortage of 350,000 workers in Europe by 2022. With today’s threats growing in both volume and sophistication, it’s more critical than ever to arm colleges and universities with the latest cybersecurity curriculum to ensure our future generations have the necessary skills to prevent successful cyberattacks.

Training from a Palo Alto Networks Authorised Academy Centre (AAC) delivers the knowledge and expertise to prepare students for a career that will help protect our way of life in the digital age. Our trusted security curriculum gives students the knowledge necessary to safely enable applications while preventing successful cyberattacks.

Quantitative Impact

Indicator Description Target Status
People trained We pledge to train 2,000 students by the end of 2018 2,000 2265
School/company collaboration We pledge to add 80 new qualified European academic institutions to our Authorized Academy Programme by the end of 2018 80 42

Pledge progress

Evidence about progress

From January- May 2018, Palo Alto Networks trained an additional 1000+ students.
From October 2017- May 2018, Palo Alto Networks added 27 new Academy Programme partners in the EU.

Between June 2017 and 31 Oct 2017, Palo Alto Networks trained an additional 1000+ students and added 15 new Academy Programme partners in the EU.


Milestone name Completion date Status
500 students trained (incremental) 31/12/2017 Completed
1,200 students trained (incremental) 31/07/2018 Completed
2,000 students trained 31/12/2018 N/A
20 new Authorized Academy Programme members (incremental) 31/12/2017 Completed
50 new Authorized Academy Programme members (incremental) 31/07/2018 On Track
80 new Authorized Academy Programme members (incremental) 31/12/2018 N/A