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Fortinet launches worldwide network security academy

Initial partnerships with educational institutions, non-profits and veterans organisations to help train cybersecurity experts

Fortinet launches worldwide network security academy
Xie says demand for cybersecurity experts is expected to rise to 6 million globally by 2019.

Fortinet has introduced the Fortinet Network Security Academy (FNSA).

The FNSA is designed to develop and train cybersecurity experts to manage new and advanced threats on the horizon. 

Ken Xie, founder, chairman of the board and chief executive officer at Fortinet says, “It’s no secret that security threats are increasing and impacting organizations in all industries, of all sizes, worldwide. Current estimates show up to one million cybersecurity job openings with demand expected to rise to 6 million globally by 2019. We are partnering with organisations around the globe, in an innovative way, to help fill the pipeline of cybersecurity experts needed to manage and thwart increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.”

Multiple studies demonstrate the cybersecurity labour shortage and the drastic need for additional experts, highlighting current job postings and the thousands of open positions around the world.

British insurance company Lloyd’s estimated that cyberattacks cost businesses as much as $400 billion a year. The key verticals under attack include healthcare, financial services, education and technology companies with the top threats including malware, botnets and application exploits. Educational institutions, who represent 27.4 percent of all attack events in the recent report from Fortinet’s Cyber Threat Assessment Program, are the second largest at-risk vertical industry.

FNSA was created to address the international shortage of cybersecurity experts and to build a workforce skilled in all aspects of Fortinet’s end-to-end network security fabric who will be recognized in the industry among an elite group of security professionals. From code to client to cloud, the Academy brings the training and certification opportunities previously only offered to Fortinet customers and partners to educational institutions, non-profit organizations and veterans programs. Training for faculty is free of charge for these organizations, arming the professors with the skills required to teach the program to students who will learn how to protect global organizations from cyber threats.

Organisations around the world are seeing the benefits of cybersecurity training for their students. In the U.S., Cape Coral Technical College in Florida, Per Scholas, a national non-profit providing IT skills training with locations in Atlanta, New York, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; and Washington, D.C. and The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University in New York have all become Academy sites. Additional Academy sites include Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada; Willis College in Ottawa, Canada; and HTL Rennweg in Austria. Twenty additional organizations are expected to become Academy sites within the next quarter.

Fortinet sponsors the training content and examinations for each Academy site, along with supporting instructor preparation. Academy sites offering the training and certification courses provide the lab environment (virtual or hardware) and instructors to deliver the program content.

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