Specialist Training

Prevention, Analysis and Response (EDU-260)


The Palo Alto Networks Cortex XDR: Prevention, Analysis, and Response (EDU-260) course for advanced endpoint protection and remediation is an instructor-led training that will help you to:

Differentiate the architecture and components of the Cortex XDR family

Activate XDR, deploy the agents, and work with the management console

Work with the management console, describe a typical management page and work with the tables and filters

Create agent installation packages, endpoint groups, policies, and profiles

Create and manage exploit and malware profiles, and perform response actions

Differentiate BIOC and IOC rules, and create and manage them

Describe the Cortex XDR causality analysis and analytics concepts

Triage and investigate alerts and incidents, and create alert starring and exclusion policies

Work with the Causality and Timeline Views and investigate threats in the Query Center

Enable the Host Insights add-on and work with the insights and the Asset View

Use Vulnerability Assessment, and work with the Asset Management and the IP View

The Cortex XDR course teaches students how the agent protects against exploits and malware-driven attacks.

In hands-on lab exercises, students will explore and configure the management platform and install XDR agent as well as relevant components; create security policies and profiles to protect endpoints against multi-stage, fileless attacks built using malware and exploits; respond to attacks using response actions; understand behavioural threat analysis, log stitching, agent-provided enhanced endpoint data, and causality analysis; investigate and triage attacks using the incident management page and analyze alerts using the Causality and Timeline analysis views; use API to insert alerts; create BIOC rules, and search a lead in raw data sets in Cortex Data Lake using the Query Builder.

Please see the course content for the detailed agenda.



This training is designed to enable a SOC, CERT, CSIRT, or SOAR engineer to start working with Cortex XSOAR integrations, playbooks, incident-page layouts, and other system features to facilitate resource orchestration, process automation, case management, and analyst workflow. The third module of the course demonstrates a complete playbook-development process for automating a typical analyst workflow to address phishing incidents. This end-to-end view of the development process provides a framework for more focused discussions of individual topics that are covered in subsequent modules.

Target Audience

Security-operations (SecOps), or security, orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) engineers, managed security service providers (MSSPs), service delivery partners, system integrators, and professional services engineers


Participants must complete the Cortex XSOAR Analyst digital learning. Participants who have experience with scripting, the use of Python and JavaScript, and the use of JSON data objects will likely be able to apply what they learn more quickly than participants without such experience. However, completion of the course does not require proficiency in writing code.

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The technical curriculum developed and authorized by Palo Alto Networks and delivered by Palo Alto Networks Authorized Training Partners helps provide the knowledge and expertise that prepare you to protect our digital way of life. Our trusted certifications validate your knowledge of the Palo Alto Networks product portfolio and your ability to help prevent successful cyberattacks, safely enable applications, and automate effective responses to security events.



Level: Advanced


Duration: 4 days


Format: Instructor-led training


Platform support: Cortex XSOAR server 6.2



Core Functionality and Feature Sets


Enabling and Configuring Integrations


Playbook Development


Classification and Mapping


Layout Builder


Solution Architecture




Automation Development and Debugging


The Marketplace and Content Management


Indicators and Threat Intelligence Management


Jobs and Job Scheduling


Users and Role-Based Access Controls (RBAC)


Integration Development

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