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Growing an Inclusive Cybersecurity Workforce

Creating a Culture of Diversity, Inclusion, and Skills Development that Extends Beyond the Borders of our Corporation

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Fortinet is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace based on fairness, equity, and a sense of belonging to empower individuals to reach their full potential. And as a leader in broadly available cybersecurity training, we are also committed to helping close the cybersecurity skills gap across a broad and diverse range of audiences and improving opportunities for those seeking a career in cybersecurity.

Fortinet understands that sustained and inclusive economic growth drives progress, creates decent jobs, and improves living standards for everyone. But increasingly, the growing digital divide is leaving some communities and individuals behind. Overcoming this barrier requires education and training. We are committed to supporting these global communities and disadvantaged groups and individuals by developing and providing education that not only addresses the growing cybersecurity skills gap but enables individuals to compete and participate in today's global digital marketplace regardless of their role.

When individuals are armed with the education and tools they need to compete effectively for meaningful and well-paying jobs, they gain a sense of fulfillment, and their communities are lifted. And at the same time, society benefits by becoming more diverse and inclusive because everyone can participate and contribute their unique skills and perspectives.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Fortinet is building an inclusive and diverse workplace that rewards collaboration and innovation and empowers all individuals to reach their full potential. We are committed to the global representation of all genders, races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientations, etc., in Fortinet's workforce. We support the strategic distribution of resources, so employees of all backgrounds have comparable outcomes. We are also focused on maintaining an environment where employees feel welcomed, respected, supported, valued, and free to participate. This includes equal opportunity, fair recruitment, and equitable remuneration for employees.

Inclusion Culture: Fortinet is committed to a culture of inclusion that lets employees feel welcome and creates a sense of belonging. We also build awareness about diversity and inclusion using educational tools and resources across functions and geographies, such as sharing and discussing our Diversity and Inclusion report. Our focus on diversity is reflected throughout the organization, starting at the highest level, as Fortinet is ranked among the TOP25 Tech Companies with the most gender-diverse boards.

Fair Pay: We are committed to providing fair and equitable pay to our employees. We are focused on ensuring pay parity, and because we are an international organization, this remains an ongoing focus area for us.


Talent Acquisition, Development, and Retention

Building a robust and diverse workforce takes dedication. We are focused on recruiting, developing, and retaining high-performing, innovative talent with diverse backgrounds. Fortinet's success is tied to our ability to attract and retain skilled global talent and build and maintain our employees' full involvement and enthusiasm for their work. This includes ensuring that all workers are allowed to grow their skills and are provided with sustainable working conditions as job automation, artificial intelligence, the gig economy, and transformational forces reshape the nature of work.


Employee Health, Safety, and Well-being

Creating a healthy, safe, and secure working environment for all Fortinet employees and contractors is a top priority. This includes helping employees adapt to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic—including the differing impact of virtual work across genders and cultures. We have taken—and continue to take—proactive measures to accommodate work from home and support a progressive return to work that ensures the safest conditions and supports the most appropriate transition for our employees.

Learn more about Fortinet Core Values


Addressing the Cybersecurity Skills Gap

Fortinet is committed to achieving a sustained and measurable impact globally on closing the skills gap across a broad and diverse range of audiences. Our worldwide academies, training programs, and certification centers train thousands of individuals a year—from students in secondary schools and colleges to adults looking for a new career path to cybersecurity professionals looking to enhance their skills. We are particularly focused on enhancing cybersecurity skills and career training for under-represented groups through our Outreach Program.


Fortinet NSE Training Institute

The Fortinet NSE (Network Security Expert) Training Institute’s public and private partnerships ecosystem helps Fortinet further address the skills gap by increasing the access and reach of its cybersecurity certifications and training.

Fortinet’s suite of cybersecurity training programs and modules range from introductory programs for novices to advanced certifications for cybersecurity professionals. Many of them are available free of charge. With hundreds of thousands of participants earning industry-recognized certifications, NSE is one of the industry's most successful cybersecurity training programs. Among its many accolades, the NSE Training Institute's Certification Program has won the "Professional Certification Program of the Year" award two years in a row from CyberSecurity Breakthrough.


Fortinet Security Academy

The Security Academy program supports close to 400 academic institutions around the world (Secondary Schools, Colleges and Universities, and Non-profits/NGO's). Fortinet's industry-recognized certification curriculum provides Security Academy students with the opportunity to become part of an elite group of cybersecurity professionals, as well as creating a cybersecurity-aware population of technology users and consumers.


Education Outreach Program

Fortinet is helping empower individuals to reach their full potential while helping to build an inclusive and diverse security workforce. Our Education Outreach Program aims to create new career pathways for all under-represented or disadvantaged individuals.

Partnership is a key element of these programs. One of these joint initiatives is the Cybersecurity Learning Hub, resulting from a partnership between Fortinet, Salesforce, and the World Economic Forum. Fortinet has also partnered with IBM to include its cybersecurity curriculum into the SkillsBuild platform and help create new cybersecurity career pathways for job seekers, including those struggling with long-term unemployment, refugees, asylum seekers, veterans, and students.

In addition, Fortinet partners with numerous non-profits such as Women in Cybersecurity (WiCys) in the US and WOMCY in Latin America to promote its cybersecurity certification program among the members of those communities and organizations.

And finally, our outreach program places a big focus on Veterans in North America and the United Kingdom. Our goal is to help military veterans and their families successfully transition to civilian life by providing the skills they need to find meaningful and fulfilling occupations as cybersecurity professionals. Fortinet ranks among the 'Best for Vets: Employers' of MilitaryTimes in the United States for 2020.



As we pursue our vision and mission, we are also committed to creating sustainable, long-term value for all our stakeholders, including our customers, partners, employees, suppliers, shareholders, and society in general.


Fortinet is committed to driving progress and sustainability for all through cybersecurity, with respect for ethical and human rights. We believe that ensuring the digital privacy and security of individuals and organizations enables digital innovation, and we strive to create value through security innovation, expertise, research, and cooperation.


Fortinet is focused on reducing the environmental footprint of our customers by innovating highly efficient, integrated appliances and cloud-based security solutions. From a business standpoint, we are also committed to minimizing our impact on the environment across our operations, including offices, facilities, and data centers.


Fortinet is committed to doing business ethically and in compliance with all laws. Our corporate governance practices provide review, oversight, and guidance to leadership to ensure accountability to meet our responsibilities across our value chain. We also support global communities through our philanthropic programs, including contribution matching, employee service days, and outreach services.