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Other Palo-Alto examsACE Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE)
PCNSE Palo Alto Networks Certified Security Engineer (PCNSE) PAN-OS 10
PCCSA Palo Alto Networks Certified Cybersecurity Associate
PCNSA Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator
PCNSE-PANOS-9 Palo Alto Networks Certified Security Engineer (PCNSE PAN-OS 9.0)
PCCET Palo Alto Networks Certified Cybersecurity Entry-level Technician
PSE-Strata Palo Alto Networks System Engineer Professional Strata
PCCSE Prisma Certified Cloud Security Engineer
PCSAE Palo Alto Networks Certified Security Automation Engineer
PCNSC Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Consultant
PSE-SASE Palo Alto Networks System Engineer Professional - SASE (PSE-SASE)
PCSFE Palo Alto Networks Certified Software Firewall Engineer (PCSFE)
PCDRA Palo Alto Networks Certified Detection and Remediation Analyst
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While working the alerts involved in a Cortex XDR incident, an analyst has found that every alert in this incident requires an
What will the Cortex XDR console automatically do to this incident if all alerts contained have exclusions?
A. mark the incident as Unresolved
B. create a BIOC rule excluding this behavior
C. create an exception to prevent future false positives
D. mark the incident as Resolved C False Positive
To create a BIOC rule with XQL query you must at a minimum filter on which field inorder for it to be a valid BIOC rule?
After scan, how does file quarantine function work on an endpoint?
A. Quarantine takes ownership of the files and folders and prevents execution through access control.
B. Quarantine disables the network adapters and locks down access preventing any
communications with the endpoint.
C. Quarantine removes a specific file from its location on a local or removable drive to a protected folder and prevents it from
D. Quarantine prevents an endpoint from communicating with anything besides the listed exceptions in the agent profile and
Which statement is true for Application Exploits and Kernel Exploits?
A. The ultimate goal of any exploit is to reach the application.
B. Kernel exploits are easier to prevent then application exploits.
C. The ultimate goal of any exploit is to reach the kernel.
D. Application exploits leverage kernel vulnerability.
Which of the following best defines the Windows Registry as used by the Cortex XDRagent?
A. a hierarchical database that stores settings for the operating system and for applications
B. a system of files used by the operating system to commit memory that exceeds the available hardware resources. Also known as
C. a central system, available via the internet, for registering officially licensed versions of software to prove ownership
D. a ledger for maintaining accurate and up-to-date information on total disk usage and disk space remaining available to the
What kind of the threat typically encrypts userfiles?
B. SQL injection attacks
C. Zero-day exploits
D. supply-chain attacks
A file is identified as malware by the Local Analysis module whereas WildFire verdict is Benign, Assuming WildFire is accurate .
Which statement is correct for the incident?
A. It is true positive.
B. It is false positive.
C. It is a false negative.
D. It is true negative.
LiveTerminal uses which type of protocol to communicate with the agent on the endpoint?
A. NetBIOS over TCP
C. UDP and a random port
D. TCP, over port 80
What are two purposes of ‚Respond to Malicious Causality Chains‚ in a Cortex XDR Windows Malware profile? (Choose two.)
A. Automatically close the connections involved in malicious traffic.
B. Automatically kill the processes involved in malicious activity.
C. Automatically terminate the threads involved in malicious activity.
D. Automaticallyblock the IP addresses involved in malicious traffic.
Which of the following policy exceptions applies to the following description?
‚An exception allowing specific PHP files‚
A. Support exception
B. Local file threat examination exception
C. Behavioral threat protection rule exception
D. Process exception
Which built-in dashboard would be the best option for an executive, if they were looking for the Mean Time to Resolution
A. Security Manager Dashboard
B. Data Ingestion Dashboard
C. Security Admin Dashboard
D. Incident Management Dashboard
When selecting multiple Incidents at a time, what options are available from the menu when a user right-clicks the incidents?
A. Assign incidents to an analyst in bulk.
B. Change the status of multiple incidents.
C. Investigate several Incidents at once.
D. Delete the selected Incidents.
Which of the following represents the correct relation of alerts to incidents?
A. Only alerts with the same host are grouped together into one Incident in a given time frame.
B. Alerts that occur within a three hour time frame are grouped together into one Incident.
C. Alerts with same causality chains that occur within a given time frame are grouped together into an Incident.
D. Every alert creates a new Incident.
If you have an isolated network that is prevented from connecting to the Cortex Data Lake, which type of Broker VM setup can
you use to facilitate the communication?
A. Broker VM Pathfinder
B. Local Agent Proxy
C. Local Agent Installer and Content Caching
D. Broker VM Syslog Collector
When creating a custom XQL query in a dashboard, how would a user save that XQL query to the Widget Library?
A. Click the three dots on the widget andthen choose ‚Save‚ and this will link the query to the Widget Library.
B. This isn‚t supported, you have to exit the dashboard and go into the Widget Library first to create it.
C. Click on ‚Save to Action Center‚ in the dashboard and you will be promptedto provide the query a name and description.
D. Click on ‚Save to Widget Library‚ in the dashboard and you will be prompted to provide the query a name and description.
Phishing belongs which of the following MITRE ATT&CK tactics?
A. Initial Access, Persistence
B. Persistence, Command and Control
C. Reconnaissance, Persistence
D. Reconnaissance, Initial Access
When creating a BIOC rule, which XQL query can be used?
A. dataset = xdr_data
| filterevent_sub_type = PROCESS_START and
action_process_image_name ~= ".*?.(?:pdf|docx).exe"
B. dataset = xdr_data
| filter event_type = PROCESS and
event_sub_type = PROCESS_START and
action_process_image_name ~= ".*?.(?:pdf|docx).exe"
C. dataset = xdr_data
| filter action_process_image_name ~= ".*?.(?:pdf|docx).exe"
| fields action_process_image
D. dataset = xdr_data
| filter event_behavior = true
event_sub_type = PROCESS_START and
When creating a scheduled report which is not an option?
A. Run weekly on a certain day and time.
B. Run quarterly on a certain day and time.
C. Run monthly on a certain day and time.
D. Run daily at a certain time (selectable hours and minutes).
When using the ‚File Search and Destroy‚ feature, which of the following search hash type is supported?
A. SHA256 hash of the file
B. AES256 hash of the file
C. MD5 hash of the file
D. SHA1 hash of the file
Which statement best describes how Behavioral Threat Protection (BTP) works?
A. BTP injects into known vulnerable processes to detect malicious activity.
B. BTP runs on the Cortex XDR and distributes behavioral signatures to all agents.
C. BTP matches EDR data with rules provided by Cortex XD
D. BTP uses machine Learning to recognize malicious activity even if it is not known.
Reference: https://www.khipu-networks.com/matchmadein/wp-content/uploads/cortex-xdr- endpoint-protection-solution-guide.pdf
The company‚Äôs ‚ÄėDarwin‚Äô release is the biggest release yet for the cloud security platform, a Palo Alto Networks executive tells CRN.
Palo Alto Networks unveiled what it‚Äôs calling the biggest release yet for its cloud security platform, Prisma Cloud, including an array of new features that provide greater intelligence and context to security teams as well as developers.
The cybersecurity giant said the ‚ÄúDarwin‚ÄĚ release for Prisma Cloud will include new capabilities to help organizations better prioritize their cloud security risks while giving customers a much-improved user interface.
The updates announced Wednesday also heavily utilize AI, though do not include any use of generative AI, the company said. Palo Alto Networks has major aspirations for GenAI but has not yet released capabilities powered by the technology.
The new Prisma Cloud release does, however, stand out in the crowded cloud security field in a number of respects with its new capabilities, said Ankur Shah, senior vice president and general manager for Prisma Cloud at Palo Alto Networks.
‚ÄúDarwin is going to be the beginning of a new era,‚ÄĚ Shah told CRN.
Along with the new enhancements to the Prisma Cloud platform as a whole, the company also announced one new module, Cloud Discovery and Exposure Management, which brings the total number of Prisma Cloud modules to 12.
The Prisma Cloud updates come as the platform has been seeing strong adoption from partners and customers, executives have said. The Prisma Cloud business surpassed $500 million in annual recurring revenue as of the company‚Äôs fiscal fourth quarter, ended July 31, according to Palo Alto Networks.
What follows are the details on five new features unveiled for Palo Alto Networks‚Äô Prisma Cloud platform.
Prisma Cloud‚Äôs new Code-to-Cloud Remediation capability enables an organization‚Äôs infrastructure team to quickly ascertain what the most important threat is to focus on, Shah said.
One critical aspect of this capability is providing greater context to users from a number of directions, he said.
‚ÄúWe contextualize that by combining identity, posture management, vulnerability [information], API attacks ‚ÄĒ all of that into a single context,‚ÄĚ Shah said.
Infrastructure teams are then presented with two options. One is to fix the issue in the cloud, he said. However, those changes might be negated within weeks when a new release comes out, and so the new feature also allows users to fix the issue in the code itself, according to Shah.
Among the new Prisma Cloud features, Code-to-Cloud Remediation is the most unique for the industry and represents the biggest leap forward for the platform ‚ÄĒ and for the security practitioners that use it, he said.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre taking a fundamentally different approach, which is, context is the king. Intelligence is what you need. Because it‚Äôs a never-ending race,‚ÄĚ Shah said. ‚ÄúSo we care about our security practitioners. And this is a way for them to really help the dev teams to get better early on, and also prioritize the most important things.‚ÄĚ
Code-to-Cloud Vulnerability Management
Many customers are dealing with multiple sources of vulnerability data within a single application lifecycle, which is proving to be complex to manage, Shah said.
Meanwhile, customers have thousands or tens of thousands of vulnerabilities open at any given time, he said.
With Code-to-Cloud Vulnerability Management, customers are able to have just one tool to address cloud vulnerability issues, Shah said. This includes open-source scanning, registry scanning and runtime scanning, he said.
The capability will also help customers with ‚Äútracing what‚Äôs happening in runtime back to the code,‚ÄĚ Shah said.
Additionally, by clicking a button, ‚Äúnow the practitioners will have the ability to fix the problem in code,‚ÄĚ he said.
When it comes to cloud and application security, the first thing customers are looking for is better visibility, Shah said. Other tools on the market, however, are only providing visibility at the workload level, he said.
With the introduction of AppDNA, Prisma Cloud is ‚Äúgiving you visibility at the application level. We tell you the application context,‚ÄĚ Shah said.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs looking at your cloud through the lens of an app. And apps are your crown jewel,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúYour workloads are, to be honest, commodities. Virtual machines are not expensive. Your apps are worth millions of dollars.‚ÄĚ
For forensics purposes, Palo Alto Networks is also adding its new Infinity Graph capability, Shah said.
With Infinity Graph, customers can easily ask questions using natural language and get answers that provide the ability to ‚Äúunderstand risks with deep context,‚ÄĚ the company said in a blog post.
‚ÄúBy correlating the security stack across misconfigurations, vulnerabilities, exposure, identity and secrets, sensitive data, and more, you see the potential attack paths leading to a breach,‚ÄĚ the company said in the post.
Prisma Cloud‚Äôs newly added Code-to-Cloud Dashboard aims to provide customers with a way to quickly see how they are improving on security, Shah said.
‚ÄúThe idea is we‚Äôll show our customers, as you get better at securing early on in the code pipeline, your risk will consistently reduce in the cloud,‚ÄĚ he said.
The dashboard also breaks down the risk reduction progress by teams and by applications, to show where the successes are and where the trouble spots are in particular, Shah said.
Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ:PANW) stock is poised to be a commercial winner in 2024: As suggested by various CIO surveys, Cybersecurity demand is expected to accelerate momentum in 2024, likely setting up Palo Alto for a close to 20% topline expansion. On that note, investors should consider that Palo Alto's incremental revenue should be highly value accretive for shareholders, as the cybersecurity giant is generating about 0.33 cents of free cash flow for every dollar of incremental sales. However, despite the favorable business backdrop, PANW shares are trading too expensive to warrant an investment, in my opinion. On updated valuation estimates, I now estimate PANW's intrinsic worth at about $162/ share.
Last time I covered Palo Alto stock, I mistakenly argued that a guidance cut would be incoming, following a negative cross read from Fortinet's (FTNT) Q2 results. In this article, I adjust my view to a stronger-than expected commercial backdrop.
For context, Palo Alto stock has strongly outperformed the broad equities market YTD, also when compared to the "Tech" benchmark. Since the start of the year, PANW shares are up about 113%, compared to a gain of approximately 25% for the S&P 500 (SP500) and a gain of close to 55% for the Nasdaq tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 (QQQ).
2024 May Support A Cybersecurity Bull Market
As we approach 2024, I see a supportive backdrop for IT budgets. This perspective anchors on various Q3 conference call discussions about gradual shortening sales cycles for new clients and the compression of billing cycles for existing customer base. The set-up going into 2024 looks especially attractive for Cybersecurity spending. Investors should consider that not only is the year 2024 likely seeing geopolitical tensions, but also by emerging security challenges anchored on the evolution of GenAI, e.g. deep-fakes, data poisoning, adversarial attacks, etc. Moreover, Palo Alto management has previously highlighted that as of first quarter FY 2024, ransomware attacks have increased 37% YoY, while attack speed on data exfiltration has accelerated from 9 days two years ago to 2 days as of today.
On that note, I point out insights derived from the Piper Sandler 2024 CIO Survey (research note dated 11th December), which suggests that Security spending is the top investment priority for 2024, with 89% of respondents expecting an increased spend, and 22% expecting material (>25%) increases in spending over the coming year. Moreover, within the Security spending vertical the top spending categories were Cloud Security, Endpoint Security, Threat Intelligence, as well as Network Detection & Response -- capabilities that play into Palo Alto's strengths.
A similar takeaway about a bullish spending backdrop for Cybersecurity was confirmed by UBS Evidence Lab AI Survey (research note dated 17th December). According to the survey's insights, the advent of GenAI will result in expanding IT budgets, with Security being a key concern in relation to GenAI applications:
Lastly, there's an emerging trend indicating a desire among software buyers to streamline their vendor relationships. This trend hints at the likelihood of a consolidation wave within the SaaS enterprise sector in 2024, including Cybersecurity. In fact, the Cybersecurity vendor landscape looks quite fragmented, with Palo Alto Networks, Zscaler, SentinelOne, CrowdStrike, Fortinet, Microsoft, Cisco, Okta, etc. While Palo Alto may not necessarily be a major buyer in 2024, with only about $1.7 billion of net cash on the balance sheet, I argue that a consolidation should be supportive for the industry's competitive backdrop.
20% Revenue Growth Looks Reasonable
Palo Alto Networks' portfolio of cloud security solutions aligns seamlessly with the 2024 escalating demand for cloud protection; and I broadly agree with analyst consensus projections that Palo Alto's topline in FY 2024 should expand at about 20% YoY vs FY 2023.
On revenue, analyst consensus broadly aligns with PANW management guidance, who sees revenues for FY 2024 in the range of $8.15 to 8.2 billion. Moreover, management has projected that operating income growth will outpace topline expansion, with operating margin estimated +190 to 240 basis points. If this projection would materialize, PANW's earnings per share could be up 22-25% YoY, reaching about $5.46 at midpoint.
Adjust Target Price to $162.22
Reflecting a bullish backdrop, and in line with updated analyst consensus EPS estimates for PANW through 2025, I adjust my residual earnings model for the company's stock: For FY 2024, I now estimate that Palo Alto's EPS will likely fall within the range of between $5.3 and 5.7 (non-GAAP). For FY 2025, and FY 2026 I set my EPS expectation at $26.4 and $7.8, respectively. Lastly, while I maintain my terminal growth rate input at about 150 basis point above expected nominal U.S. GDP growth, at 4.25%, I reduce my cost of equity assumption by 50 basis points, mostly as a consequence of the pending Fed rate cut projections.
On the backdrop of the adjustments highlighted above, I now calculate a fair implied stock price for PANW stock equal to $162.22, suggesting approximately 38% downside based on fundamentals.
Note: the table enclosed references calendar year, not financial year!
Below also the sensitivity table, which tests different assumptions for cost of equity (row) as well as terminal growth rate (column).
Going into 2024, Palo Alto is seen leveraging strong momentum in Cybersecurity budgets to achieve strong topline and earnings growth, estimated at 20% and 23.5% YoY respectively. However, although I like the commercial backdrop, it is impossible for me to justify either a "Buy" or "Hold" rating for a stock that is trading at a 11x FY 2024 EV/Sales and 43x FY 2024 EV/EBIT. On updated valuation estimates, I now estimate PANW's intrinsic worth at $162; and as a function of valuation, I assign an Underweight/ Sell rating.
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