Adding to this milestone, Fortinet continues to expand the global impact of its training and certification programmes with the addition of new courses in priority cybersecurity areas, new training partners, and by expanding access to cyber training and education to empower untapped talent.
The company also continues to help organisations build a cyber-aware workforce through its existing Security Awareness and Training Service and through a recent initiative tied to the 2022 White House National Cyber Workforce and Education Summit, by providing a tailored version of the service available for K-12 school districts in the US free of charge.
“Fortinet has a long history of working to close the cyber skills gap, and we are proud to share we recently hit a significant milestone by achieving more than one million NSE certifications issued to date. Continued learning through training and certifications is a critical way to stay ahead of cyber adversaries who are constantly evolving their attack strategies and methods,” said John Maddison, EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet.
“This is why Fortinet’s Training Institute is dedicated to offering award-winning cyber training and certifications for security professionals to upskill and advance their knowledge or for those considering reskilling. At the same time, for organisations looking to build cyber awareness in their employees and strengthen their posture, the Fortinet Training Institute offers its Security Awareness and Training service.”
With more than 80 per cent of breaches being attributed to a lack of cyber skills according to a global 2022 Fortinet report, the cybersecurity skills gap continues to be a top-of-mind concern for organisations. In an effort to help close the cyber skills gap, Fortinet through its Training Advancement Agenda (TAA) and Fortinet Training Institute initiatives is focused on upskilling security professionals to stay ahead of threats.
|Fortinet is increasing access to cybersecurity training so that more people, regardless of their educational background, current career or life experience, can access cyber courses and help kickstart a career in cybersecurity. |
The Fortinet Training Institute aims to provide professionals the opportunity not only to gain skills to ward off cyber threats, but also career growth opportunities, as leaders value certifications. In addition, NSE training curriculum is easily accessible to empower access to learning and is offered in instructor-lead, virtual instructor-led, and free self-paced training formats.
The company’s efforts involve developing courses in key cybersecurity areas across all industries. For example, the OT Security curriculum, as part of NSE level 7, provides a solid understanding of how to design, implement and operate an OT security solution for critical infrastructures.
Other topic areas include Zero Trust Network Access and Secure SD-WAN, among others. Additionally, Fortinet offers low-cost labs to further advance skill sets for anyone taking technical, advanced or expert level training.
In addition, Fortinet offers opportunities for professionals to upskill through Fortinet’s global authorised training centres, a network of accredited training organisations in more than 130 countries and territories around the world, teaching in 26 different languages.
Fortinet is increasing access to cybersecurity training so that more people, regardless of their educational background, current career or life experience, can access cyber courses and help kickstart a career in cybersecurity.
Fortinet is also empowering untapped talent pools, including women, students, veterans and more, to reskill or expand their skills for a career in cyber, helping to address the industry talent shortage.
As part of this focus, Fortinet made a commitment in September 2021 to train one million people in cybersecurity over five years between 2022-2026 and is on track to meet this through various initiatives.
As such, one initiative embraces enhancing organisations’ cybersecurity awareness training for all employees with the Security Awareness and Training Service, helping IT, security, and compliance leaders build a cyber-aware culture where employees recognize and avoid falling victim to cyberattacks.
Other initiative offers a free security awareness and training service for K-12 school districts in the US. With the tailored service, school districts can implement training for staff and faculty to expand their skill sets and cyber knowledge, so they don’t fall victim to popular threat methods as part of the overall school cybersecurity strategies.
“The number of skilled cybersecurity professionals is not growing fast enough to fill the nearly three million unfilled cybersecurity positions worldwide. To help solve this critical issue, I co-founded the Cybersecurity Business School in France which is delivering two programmes: a Bachelor of Cybersecurity Specialist and a Master of Cybersecurity Manager,” said Thomas Guilloux, co-founder and technical and industrial director at Cybersecurity Business School.
“A key part of our programme is the Fortinet Training Institute’s Network Security Expert (NSE) training and certifications developed by industry experts, which we are leveraging to incorporate real-world teachings about critical security areas. Implementing Fortinet’s training in our classes and Fortinet security devices in our simulation platform is allowing us to provide a robust curriculum to our students and to further develop the cybersecurity workforce of the future.”
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