The Fortinet NSE Certification Advantage
The Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) program is an eight-level training and certification program that is designed to provide interested technical professionals with an independent validation of their network security skills and experience. The NSE program includes a wide range of self-paced and instructor-led courses, as well as practical, experiential exercises that demonstrate mastery of complex network security concepts.
of organizations prefer to hire candidates with certifications.
of decision-makers believe technology-focused certifications positively impact both their role and their team.
*Last updated 10/2022
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The Prestige of NSE 8 Certification
Luke Titmus talks about the challenges of finding people with the right technical skills as cyberattacks are continuing to get more complex.
"Every single level in the Fortinet NSE Certification program is essential, and it all culminates up to level 8, which is the highest level. It gave me a great leg up in my career and has allowed me to take on more advanced projects as I became qualified and experienced in those areas over time."Read more
Rickard Sellstedt talks about the importance of certification and continuous learning of cybersecurity.
"When an individual is successful at achieving Level 8, it really shows that they know what they’re doing and that they have expert knowledge in network security design, configuration, and troubleshooting for complex networks. What NSE Level 8 also tests is an individual’s proficiency in networking and security in general. You have to bring all your accumulative knowledge to the table when testing for NSE 8."Read more
Jeff Robbins Talks How to Cultivate the New Generation of Cyber Professionals
"I lead by example, and I wanted to set our engineers apart from others and show a career path. Having the Level 8 certification shows our customers that we have the strongest bench out there. The certification shows that we are all-in. Showing deep technology creds is important to customers when we are talking about such important technology as cybersecurity."Read more
Sylvia Schlaphof Discusses the Hands-On NSE 8 Exam Environment
"Fortinet has done a great job setting up the exam. It’s really a hands-on exam with real devices, not a simulation. That’s what I loved about it. When I passed, it felt like a big achievement. And, of course, people are impressed. Especially because I was the first woman to accomplish it."Read more
Mathew Watkinson Outlines the Breadth of Knowledge Required for NSE 8 Certification
"I know a lot of people who are really good at networking... on FortiGate, on the switches, on the wireless, on the authenticator, email, the web – everything comes together in that exam. So, you need to be good at all of it – not just really good at one thing – to be able to get you through an exam."Read more
Mohammad Al-Zard Reviews the Process of Getting to NSE 8
"I strongly believe the saying “knowledge is power.” It gives me more confidence, and customers have more... At the end, the solution was delivered ahead of schedule and the client was very happy. I attribute this in part to the skills I learned studying for the certification."Read more
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|2022 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Award Winner for Best Security Awareness Training Platform||2022 Silver Award Winner for Best Security Training and Educational Program||2022 and 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||2021 Global InfoSec Award Winner for Next-Gen in Cybersecurity Training|