Fortinet launches global network security academy
Fortinet Network Security Academy is set to train and teach future cyber security experts
Cyber security provider Fortinet has introduced its Fortinet Network Security Academy (FNSA), which has been designed to develop and train cyber security experts to manage new and advanced threats.
The Academy was created to address the international shortage of cyber security experts and to build a workforce skilled in Fortinet's end-to-end network security fabric which will be recognised in the industry among an elite group of security professionals.
Ken Xie, founder, chairman of the board and chief executive officer at Fortinet said: "It's no secret that security threats are increasing and impacting organisations in all industries, of all sizes, worldwide. Current estimates show up to one million cyber security 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 cyber security experts needed to manage and thwart increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks."
FNSA will provide training in areas such as code, client and cloud and provide certification opportunities which were once only offered to Fortinet customers and partners to educational institutions, non-profit organisations and veterans programs. Students will be prepared at international FNSA sites and will obtain both theoretical lectures and hands-on laboratory practice required to achieve a Fortinet certification.
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.
Seven organisations from the United States, Canada, and EMEA have joined the Academy now, with 20 additional global FNSA sites expected to open within the next quarter.
Rima Aristocrat, CEO at Willis College in Canada said: "Partnering with Fortinet enables us to provide enhanced cyber security training and education to our students. Real-world, hands-on experience like this Academy provides has already produced over 50 graduates who have found lucrative careers at Fortinet over the past five years."
Christian Schöndorfer, IT professional at HTL Rennweg in Austria added: "As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, it is up to academic institutions to offer courses that align with the technical needs the future generations of the world's workforce will need in order to stay competitive. Fortinet's program presents an opportunity for us to offer our students cutting-edge curriculum and tools to prepare them for the networking jobs of the future."