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Fortinet Continues to Expand its Global Network Security Academy Program to Develop Cybersecurity Talent Worldwide

30 new institutions have become Fortinet Network Security Academies in the past five months from Singapore, Peru, Brazil and more

Sunnyvale, California - May 6, 2019

Sandra Wheatley, SVP of customer marketing and corporate communications

“For years Fortinet has been committed to closing the cybersecurity skills gap through our training and education initiatives. The Fortinet Network Security Academy program partners with academic institutions, non-profits and veteran programs to equip participants with the skills necessary for a career in cybersecurity. By expanding access to these Academies around the globe, we’re arming the next generation of security leaders with the tools and knowledge the industry so desperately needs.” 

Fortinet®, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced new additions to its Fortinet Network Security Academy (FNSA) program, including The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) in Singapore, NTUC LearningHub in Singapore and Faculdade de Tecnologia FIAP in Brazil. The expansion builds on the success of the the Network Security Academy program that is available in more than 60 different countries and is comprised of over 150 Academies.     

The Network Security Academy program, which is part of Fortinet’s Network Security Expert (NSE) Institute, provides cybersecurity training and certification curricula for high schools, colleges and universities with the mission to prepare the future workforce with cybersecurity skills sought after by employers.

Among the 30 new institutions that have joined the Academy program are The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and NTUC LearningHub that will leverage Fortinet’s comprehensive network security platform to run courses about modern network administration and security. The Academy will provide Fortinet’s industry-recognized Network Security Expert (NSE) training and certification opportunities to participants to help prepare students for career success in network security, obtaining both theoretical lectures and hands-on laboratory practice during the course.

In Singapore, Nanyang Polytechnic was the first to partner with Fortinet for the FNSA program. The addition of ITE and NTUC LearningHub as part of the FNSA program was announced during a signing ceremony held at the official opening of Fortinet’s regional headquarters at its new location in Suntec City. The ITE Academy will complement the current Higher Nitec in Cyber & Network Security course. Students will learn how to design and configure secure enterprise networks with next generation firewalls, intrusion prevention systems (IPS), email, and anti-malware security technologies. The FNSA program offered by NTUC LearningHub will be part of a comprehensive suite of training courses ranging from basic IT skills to Advanced Infocomm Technology (ICT) skills, as well as an online learning platform.

Other new institutions becoming Fortinet Network Security Academies include Faculdade de Tecnologia FIAP in Brazil, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), Mindanao State University – Sulu in the Philippines, Arab Academy For Science And Technology & Maritime Transport and Frederick University.

By expanding the availability of the Network Security Academy program across the world, Fortinet is empowering emerging security professionals to address the skills shortage and continue to help close the skills gap.

Supporting Quotes:

“Singapore’s Smart Nation goals put the country in the crosshairs of cybercriminals because every component that is connected to the network is a possible attack entry point. While organisations can leverage a variety of solutions to maintain an effective security posture, competent manpower is still needed to pull all cyber-defence components together, and it is here that the FNSA program aims to make a difference.”  Thiantara Kruathorn, Fortinet’s Country Director for Singapore and Brunei

“The FNSA curriculum is well-suited for our students who are digital natives. Having grown up with technology, they have a natural interest in IT and AI. Digital advances in the economy mean there will continue to be strong demand for cybersecurity professionals. Armed with knowledge from the ITE-FNSA programme, our graduates will be well-placed to play a part in Singapore’s Smart Nation efforts, protecting digital assets and enterprises from cyber threats.”  Dr Eric Cheung, Senior Director, School of Electronics & Info-Comm Technology at ITE College East

“The partnership with Fortinet will further strengthen NTUC LearningHub’s mission to upskill the Singapore workforce towards the vision of Worker 4.0. When it comes to cybersecurity, employers now recognize the importance of staff as their first line of defense against a cyberattack. We welcome the flexibility offered by the FNSA’s various levels of certification that can cater to the needs for both IT and non-IT workers.”  Mr Kwek Kok Kwong, Chief Executive Officer of NTUC LearningHub

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