Palo Alto Networks Instructor - Contract - Part time
Vernon Hills, IL 
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description

CDW Academy is seeking a skilled and motivated cyber instructor to create, maintain, and deliver courses in highly virtualized environments. Cyber instructors will create course material, design training exercises, deliver training to students, and assess results. Instructors leverage deep subject matter expertise in relevant technical disciplines to provide a high-quality learning experience for our students. Through their work, the Cyber Security Instructor will empower students to develop and validate their cyber skills creating immediate job and career opportunities.

*This is a 1099/contract position - part time / as needed basis.


  • Conducts in person and virtual instructor-led training in one or more topic areas: Identity and Access Management, Network and Host Forensics and Investigation, Cloud Security, Security Operations (Red/Blue/Purple Teams), Malware Analysis, Reverse Engineering, and Incident Response.
  • Accurately identifies skill level of participants and aligns delivery of course material to match individual students' needs.
  • Demonstrates consistent classroom and student management to ensure a positive, successful learning environment.
  • Researches future direction of technology relevant to cyber security and incorporates new topics in the development and delivery of cyber content.
  • Deploys, maintains, and secures classroom equipment, images, and materials in virtual classrooms or in facilities around the globe.
  • Travels to customer training sites both inside and outside the Continental United States.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by management.


  • Previous experience conducting technical training in classrooms or small groups.
  • Significant expertise in Cyber Security Operations and expert experience in one or more areas of Cyber Security: Intrusion Detection and Mitigation, Network Defense, Network Traffic Analysis or Operating System Security, Forensics, Incident Response, or Malware Analysis and Reverse Engineering.
  • U.S. Citizenship required


  • Industry Expertise: Advanced subject matter expertise in cyber security consulting and training.
  • High Impact presentation: Ability to conduct strong presentations to train and educate students on technical material and applications.
  • Manage Learning Environment: Ability to select initial presentation strategies, manage time available for course, facilitates opportunities for learner success, resolver learner behavior problems.
  • Learner evaluation performance: Ability to monitor learner progress during instruction, administer tests, evaluate attainment of end-of-course objectives.
  • Adult learner principles: Ability to engage learners to identify their learning needs, help trainees set personal learning objectives, assists trainees apply training content to their jobs, creates practice opportunities during the training session.
  • Communication Skills: Superior writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Collaboration and Teamwork: Ability to work with all levels of internal and external clients, from clerks to CEO. Willingness to collaborate with subject matter experts and team members to complete projects and other business deliverables.
  • Analytical: Keen sense of analytical skills.
  • Problem Solving: Experience with identifying problems and creating proactive steps to resolve the problems in a way that avoids adverse impact of issues.
  • Detailed Oriented: Strong attention to deadlines with accuracy and efficiency.
  • Accuracy: Ability to deliver projects and all deliverables with the utmost accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Multi-tasking: Capable of managing several tasks, projects and client deliverables effectively, efficiently and on time.


  • Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Computer Science/Technology, Cyber Security, Computer Engineering or other relevant field, or 5+ years' equivalent experience.
  • Technical Requirements:
  • Information Security Professional with significant experience and background in cyber security.
  • Exceptional, effective classroom communication skills.
  • Technical awareness of common operating system internals, network monitoring, SIEM and other tools.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Windows operating systems including console/terminal usage.
  • Programming and/or scripting, Python preferred.
  • Proficient TCP/IP networking and networking protocols.
  • Due to the extensive classroom training tasks, this role requires extensive experience with successful classroom teaching techniques, delivering technical training for adult learners.
  • Intermediate to Advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Travel Required: Moderate travel will be required.

CDW is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Part Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5+ years
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