Fortinet to train 1 million people to help reduce the cybersecurity skills gap.

Fortinet, a global leader in comprehensive, integrated, and automated cybersecurity solutions, announced today that it would train one million people globally over the next five years through its Network Security Experts (NSE) Training Institute programmes and Training Advancement Agenda (TAA) initiatives, reaffirming its commitment to closing the cybersecurity skills gap.

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility activities, Fortinet’s TAA project includes a significant focus on attracting greater diversity through the NSE Security Academy Program, Veterans Program and Education Outreach Program.

For businesses of all sizes, the skills gap is a serious concern. According to an (ISC)2 report, 3.12 million experts are required to close the global cybersecurity skills gap. This problem is exacerbated by the evolving sophisticated threat landscape, with a recent analysis from Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs revealing a ten-fold surge in ransomware.

As many organisations struggle to locate personnel to fill essential jobs that will help them combat these threats, security teams are being stretched to keep up with the changing threat landscape and are facing increased security risks.

The Biden Administration is urging corporate and public sector businesses to join an initiative to reduce security risks by developing more excellent cybersecurity skills.

With the launch of its training programmes and TAA effort, Fortinet has been focused on reducing the skills gap for many years, including making all of its NSE self-paced training courses available to anybody for free at the start of the pandemic in 2020.

To train one million people in the next five years, Fortinet will build on its long-standing commitment.

Women, minorities, veterans, and students can all benefit from Fortinet’s TAA and NSE Training Institute programmes, which offer cybersecurity training and certifications, as well as career progression options and job possibilities.

The following are some of the essential highlights and recent milestones that have contributed to Fortinet’s efforts to attract fresh talent and grow the future cyber workforce to close the cybersecurity skills gap.

IBM, Salesforce, and the World Economic Forum are among the global leaders that Fortinet works with to develop a skilled, inclusive, and diverse cyber workforce.

Partnerships with many sectors, including academia, government, and organisations, are formed through our Education Outreach Program to guarantee that all groups – including women, minorities, and veterans – have access to opportunities and resources for a career in cyber.

Fortinet, for example, has certified over 2,000 veterans and their spouses in just the last two years.

The Certification Program is an eight-level training and certification programme that provides independent validation of technical professionals’ network security abilities and experience.

The award-winning NSE Certification Program continues to gain traction by offering one of the industry’s most exemplary cybersecurity training programmes, with more than 680,000 certifications granted and more than 1 million hours of training consumed from the start of the epidemic until now.

Fortinet is assisting professionals and others in learning new skills, reskilling, or upskilling in cybersecurity through this programme.

With its Awareness of Information Security and Training Service, which will be available free of charge to all enterprises in 2020, Fortinet is assisting in developing a cyber-aware workforce.

Information Security Awareness & Training Service from Fortinet provides industry-leading cybersecurity awareness components to teach people about today’s cyber risks, such as phishing, social engineering, and ransomware assaults, and how to defend themselves.

The awareness and training service is appropriate for all workers and contractors, from technical to non-technical. This free service was also created by NIST guidelines NIST 800-50 and NIST 800-16.

With several recent cyber assaults targeting critical infrastructures, OT firms need to have the proper security and skilled experts in place to protect themselves. Fortinet has developed a new OT security course to enhance technical skills for safeguarding OT settings as part of its NSE level 7 certification.

NSE 4, NSE 5, and NSE 6 courses all address OT security. Additionally, Fortinet just announced a new education road focused on Operational Technology, which includes information on the prospective career prospects that exist in this environment, in addition to its four current pathways.

This new OT education pathway fits with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education’s (NICE) cybersecurity workforce positions. It provides a guide for what training and certifications are beneficial for anyone considering a career in OT security roles.


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