Fortinet has announced that it is integrating its Network Security Expert training and certification curriculum with tech giant IBM’s SkillsBuild, a digital platform designed for the users to develop technology and professional skills, including cybersecurity.
Fortinet and IBM will be focusing on creating new cybersecurity career pathways by training traditionally underserved candidates and connecting learners to employers. This collaboration underscores Fortinet’s Corporate Social Responsibilitycommitment to closing the cybersecurity skills gap through global collaborations and its Network Security Expert (NSE) Training Institute’s Security Academy Program.
Rajesh Maurya, Regional Vice President, India & SAARC at Fortinet says, “To further address the cyber skills shortage, we’re excited to partner with IBM to integrate Fortinet’s Network Security Expert training and certification curriculum with IBM’s SkillsBuild digital platform. As both a technology company and learning organization, Fortinet will work with IBM to make it easier for anyone to start a career in cybersecurity regardless of their background, previous access to education, or life experiences.”
Cybersecurity is already of high importance and the global pandemic has further boosted the industry’s demand. An (ISC)2 poll revealed that 81% of respondents view security as an essential function as employees are working remotely due to COVID-19.
“Some of the toughest challenges businesses are facing today need skills that don’t require a traditional degree, such as cybersecurity experts, which is why there is a critical need to make sure everyone–from job seekers to professional transitioning to new careers–are gaining meaningful skills that align to industry needs. That’s why, regardless of background, education or life experience, SkillsBuild will equip learners with the professional skills and mentorship they need to be more employable and navigate jobs in the new digital economy,” says Lisa Neddam, SkillsBuild Program Leader, IBM Corporate Social Responsibility.