In a bid to bridge the cybersecurity skills gap, Fortinet has further expanded its training and education initiatives. Latest additions to the company’s education and training programming comprise of Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Institute cloud certifications.
While the Institute’s flagship NSE Training and Certification programme has issued nearly 200,000 certifications, it also focuses on education programmes such as the Fortinet Network Security Academy programme for high schools, colleges and universities, the FortiVets program that facilitates the transition of exceptional military veterans into the cybersecurity industry by providing professional networking, training, and mentoring, as well as free publicly available awareness training that can be accessed by any company wishing to deploy an internal cyber security awareness program for employees.
“This unprecedented shortage in the cyber security workforce has resulted in security operations teams who are over worked and understaffed and it continues to benefit our cyber adversaries. Fortinet is more than a technology company; we’re also a learning organisation. Fortinet is dedicated to closing the cyber skills gap and goes well beyond providing training on products and solutions as part of our commitment to deliver a response to the growing global cybersecurity threat,” said Rajesh Maurya, Regional Vice President, India & SAARC, Fortinet.
According to a 2019 Gartner survey, the global talent shortage is now the leading emerging risk faced by organisations. The expansion of the digital marketplace has generated more jobs than the current supply of security professionals can meet.
As revealed by the report, there are is a huge scarcity of skilled professionals available to properly plan, manage, integrate, and optimise security devices, strategies, and protocols.