Vishak Raman, Vice President of Sales, India, SAARC and Southeast at Fortinet “Fortinet has a long history of working to close the cybersecurity skills gap and we are proud to share that we recently achieved a significant milestone by earning over one million Network Security Expert (NSE) certifications issued to date. Continuous training and certifications is a critical way to stay one step ahead of cyber adversaries who are constantly evolving their attack strategies and methods.That’s why the Fortinet Training Institute is dedicated to providing award-winning cybersecurity training and certifications for security professionals to enhance their skills and advance their knowledge or for those considering retraining.At the same time, for organizations looking to educate their employees about cybersecurity and strengthen their posture, the Fortinet Training Institute offers its awareness and training service to has security.
Summary of news
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in extended, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced that it has awarded more than one million Network Security Expert (NSE) certifications to date, furthering its commitment to fulfilling the cybersecurity skills gap. In addition to this milestone, Fortinet continues to expand the global impact of its training and certification programs with the addition of new courses in priority cybersecurity areas, new training partners, and expanding access. e-learning and education to empower untapped talent. Fortinet also continues to help organizations build a cybersecurity-aware workforce through its security awareness and training service and a recent initiative related to the National Workforce and Security Summit. White House Education of 2022, providing a customized version of the service available to K-12 school districts in the United States for free.
Advance the skills of cybersecurity professionals to deal with threats
With over 80% of breaches attributed to a lack of cyber skills according to a 2022 global study Fortinet report, the cybersecurity skills gap continues to be a major concern for organizations. 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 developing security professionals to stay ahead of the game. ahead of threats through the following efforts:
- Validation of skills and experience with NSE certifications: As part of Fortinet’s progress in closing the skills gap, Fortinet Training Institute has passed the milestone of more than one million NSE certifications issued to date. The eight-level training and certification program is designed to provide technical professionals with independent validation of their security and networking skills as well as work experience. Fortinet’s 2022 Global Skills Gap Report found that 95% of leaders believe technology-focused certifications have a positive impact on their role and team, while 81% of leaders prefer to hire people with certifications. The Fortinet Training Institute aims to provide professionals with the opportunity to not only learn skills to ward off cyber threats, but also opportunities for career growth, as leaders value certifications. Additionally, the NSE training curriculum is easily accessible to enable access to learning and is offered in instructor-led, virtual instructor-led, and free self-paced training formats.
- Develop courses in key areas of cybersecurity across all sectors: The Fortinet Training Institute continually updates its training with relevant and dynamic content for the issues and challenges facing cyber professionals today. For example, the OT Security Program, as part of NSE Level 7, provides a solid understanding of how to design, implement, and operate an OT security solution for critical infrastructure. Other thematic areas in which the Fortinet Training Institute has expanded its curriculum include Zero Trust Network Access and Secure SD-WAN, among others. Additionally, Fortinet offers low-cost labs to advance the skills of anyone pursuing technical, advanced, or expert training.
- Leverage threat intelligence from FortiGuard Labs in the program: The Fortinet Training Institute program is developed by Fortinet’s world-class trainers and program developers with in-depth knowledge of cutting-edge technology and the changing threat landscape. The training program is complemented by threat intelligence from FortiGuard Labs, a global research team of experienced threat hunters, researchers, analysts, engineers and data scientists. Additionally, the program is designed to evolve based on the latest threat intelligence from FortiGuard Labs, ensuring that anyone who completes training and pursues certification obtains the most relevant skills and knowledge.
- Provide professional development opportunities through Fortinet’s authorized global training centers: Fortinet Authorized Training Centers (ATC) are a network of accredited training organizations in more than 130 countries and territories around the world, teaching in 26 different languages. ATCs deliver Fortinet Training Institute cybersecurity training in local languages. New ATCs that recently joined the program expand the availability of Fortinet training to security professionals worldwide, including: Exclusive Networks (US), Wavelink (Australia), HRP (Hungary), and DACAS (Caribbean).
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Expand access to e-learning and empower untapped talent
Fortinet is expanding access to cybersecurity education so that more people, regardless of their education, current career, or life experience, can access cybersecurity courses and help jump-start a career in cybersecurity. Fortinet also enables untapped talent pools, including women, students, veterans and more, to retrain or broaden their skills for careers in cyber, helping to address the talent shortage in industry. As part of this goal, Fortinet committed in September 2021 to train 1 million people in cybersecurity over 5 years between 2022 and 2026 and is on track to achieve this through various initiatives, including:
- Strengthen organizations’ cybersecurity awareness training for all employees with the Security Awareness and Training Service: Any company looking to further protect its security posture by developing the cybersecurity skills and knowledge of all employees can easily deploy Fortinet Training Institute’s security awareness and training service. This service introduced earlier this year is a SaaS offering that provides timely awareness training on today’s cybersecurity threats. It helps IT, security, and compliance leaders create a cyber-aware culture in which employees recognize and avoid falling victim to cyberattacks.
- To provide a free safety awareness and training service for K-12 school districts in the United States: Fortinet announced that it has made its safety awareness and training service available free of charge to K-12 school districts across the United States, making the training available to approximately 8 million teachers. and employees. Educational institutions have seen an increase in the number of personal devices (BYOD), making schools and students more vulnerable to cyber threats due to the expanding attack surface and therefore need to ensure that they secure their critical digital assets and sensitive information. Through this personalized service, school districts can implement training for staff and faculty to broaden their cybersecurity skills and knowledge, so they don’t fall victim to popular threat methods in the as part of the school’s overall cybersecurity strategies.
- Expand partnerships with university partners and education outreach programs: With more than 470 accredited academic partners worldwide in more than 90 countries and territories, the Fortinet The Training Institute continues to work with educational institutions around the world to help prepare the cyber workforce of tomorrow. New institutions from around the world that have joined the Academic Partnership Program include: Pan American University (UP) in Mexico, Technological University of Querétaro (UTEQ) in Mexico, KLE Tech University in India, South Regional TAFE in Australia, Università de Tor Vergata de Roma in Italy, Cybersecurity Business School in France, UIB – Universitat de les Illes Balears in Spain, Polytechnic Institute of Guarda in Portugal, University West – Högskolan Väst in Sweden, South Texas College in the United States and more. As Authorized Academic Partners, these institutions use Fortinet’s award-winning technical training in their classrooms and provide students with valuable industry certifications to add to their resumes upon graduation.
Likewise, the Education Outreach Program expands Fortinet’s reach by partnering with other organizations that represent groups traditionally underrepresented in the high-tech industry, such as women, veterans, economically disadvantaged people, etc. New outreach partners include Cerco IT and National Economic Education Trust (NEET).