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Security Academy Program

Building a diverse, skilled workforce to help close the cybersecurity skills gap.

Become an Authorized Security Academy

Cybersecurity Certification Curriculum

The Security Academy Program works with academic institutions to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive cybersecurity workforce. It bridges the gap between learning and careers through access to industry-recognized Fortinet NSE training and certification courses. The Security Academy Program collaborates with higher education institutions and schools around the world to help learners become part of an elite group of skilled cybersecurity professionals.


Authorized Security Academies
around the world.

*Last updated 2021


countries and territories around the world host an Authorized Security Academy.

*Last updated 2021


of graduates from the Fortinet Veterans Program take part in the Security Academy Program.

*Last updated 2021

NSE Cybersecurity Certifications

Integrating Cybersecurity Certification into the Course Curriculum

Authorized Security Academies can integrate NSE Training Institute certification directly into their existing courses or can facilitate the content as stand-alone continuing education. To supplement the course content institutions use Fortinet network security technologies to give students a hands-on lab experience.

Courses should be a minimum of 5 weeks.

Graduates Program

Graduates of the Program

Through the Security Academy Program, institutions provide leading industry cybersecurity training and certification. Graduates of the program leave with in-demand cybersecurity skills to help protect networks from global cyber threats, such as phishing attacks, ransomware, and business email compromise (BEC). The program can be taught for pure skill and career development or with the goal of each graduate becoming Fortinet NSE-Certified. A free exam voucher is provided to each student.

Academy Advantages

Course descriptions and materials
Instructor slides
Instructor training
60% discount on books
Instructor guides
No-cost licenses of Virtual Machines (VMs)

Student Advantages

Student guides and education pathways
Hands-on practical application
Free exam voucher upon completion of course
Access to online proctoring for certification exams
Professional credits through (ISC)2 CPE Submitter Program
Access to a distributed ecosystem of employer partners

Navigate NSE Training with Fortinet’s Education Pathways

Fortinet has defined four educational pathways that help Authorized Security Academies and their students navigate Fortinet’s NSE Training Institute learning.

Aligned to the National Initiative in Cyber Education (NICE), Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, the Education Pathways map NSE training content to NICE work roles. Mapping the content to roles helps Authorized Security Academies better understand how and where NSE training can be integrated into their courses and curricula. And learners will understand how the courses they are taking today can transition into a cybersecurity career in the future.

Academy Spotlights

Eddie Phillips, Ed.D., Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at City Colleges of Chicago, Kennedy-King College

“The partnership with Fortinet has been remarkable and will provide a pathway for students to gain the knowledge and skills needed to compete in a rapidly growing global marketplace. Kennedy-King College has undertaken an equity and workforce-focused IT expansion initiative with a goal to reduce the digital divide currently separating underserved and underrepresented populations from careers in the IT industry...”

Steve Morrill, Director of Technology & Cyber Science at Loyola Blakefield

"We were looking to add to our existing robust cybersecurity training curriculum. We joined the Security Academy Program right as the world started to shift to online learning due to the pandemic, so access to the NSE training’s established online curriculum that is instructor led or self-paced was especially beneficial. The path to NSE certifications is also helpful in providing students further validation to employers of their expertise that they can immediately use in the work place.”

Dr. Deepak Garg, Professor and Head, Department of Computer Science Engineering CSE at Bennett University

“Cybersecurity training is more important than ever as the skill gap has become a critical issue for many organizations. Bennett University has signed up with Fortinet Security Academy program to help build and augment skill sets, as well as help develop the next generation of security professionals. By providing this industry-recognized certification as part of our curriculum we will ensure that our students gain the required expertise...”

NSE Training Institute Awards & Recognitions

2019 and 2020 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Award Winner

2021 Gold Award Winner for Best Cybersecurity Training

2021 Gold Award Winner for Best Security Training and Educational Programs

2021 Gold Award Winner for Best Cybersecurity Education Provider