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Education Outreach Program

Cultivating partnerships to drive a skilled, inclusive, and diverse cybersecurity workforce

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The Fortinet Education Outreach Program Aims to Reach All Populations

As part of the Fortinet Training Institute, the Education Outreach Program works with global leaders to drive change on pressing cybersecurity issues. Our partnerships extend to industry, academia, government, and nonprofits to ensure we are reaching all populations. By providing opportunities for training, certification, and connecting individuals with the Fortinet employer ecosystem, we're working to help close the cybersecurity skills gap.

 

The Need for Diversity and Inclusion in Cybersecurity

Based on the 2022 (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, the global cyber skills gap has increased 26.2% over last year, leaving the industry in need of 3.4M professionals. Last year, the skills gap outpaced the overall growth of the global cybersecurity workforce by 15.1%. The workforce gap continues to be a significant challenge for organizations of all sizes. In order to fill this need, organizations have to look for potential candidates in all populations and invest in talent education.

Focus on Veterans

The Fortinet Veterans Program provides cybersecurity training and certification to veterans and military spouses to help transition individuals from their military careers. Veterans in particular are often considered to already have the right training, orientation and discipline for work in a security context, possessing a defense mentality.

The program works closely with military and veteran nonprofit organizations to connect with veterans and military families around the world. These nonprofits are integral in Fortinet’s effort to help the military community to transition to careers in cybersecurity.

Focus on Women and Minorities

The growth of Fortinet’s Training Institute includes partnerships with organizations focused on women and minorities. According to the 2021 (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study, women made up approximately 25% of the study cybersecurity workforce participants and an (ISC)2 minority cybersecurity study indicates minority representation within the cybersecurity profession is 26%.

Fortinet partners with various organizations to make cybersecurity training more accessible and provides no cost opportunities for industry certifications for its member organizations.

 

Focus on Students

Through the Academic Partner Program, Fortinet supports almost 497 institutions in 96 different countries and territories. These academic institutions range from students in K-12 all the way to higher education and research institutions. Through the program, institutions are given access to Fortinet’s NSE Certification Program content to integrate into their own curriculum. They also receive exam vouchers to prepare students for a career in cybersecurity and help develop the next-generation of cybersecurity professionals.

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Focus on K-12 Schools

Fortinet offers a free education-focused version of its Security Awareness and Training service to all K-12 school districts and systems in the U.S. and is expanding this offer into other countries. 

Raising Cyber Awareness in Young Children

Fortinet recently released a children’s book designed to further increase cyber awareness among children from 7 to 12 years old. The book Cyber Safe: A Dog’s Guide to Internet Security was co-authored by Renee Tarun, Deputy CISO at Fortinet.

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Free Training for Everyone

To continue developing the world’s cyber workforce, Fortinet has made all of our advanced self-paced courses available free of charge. First introduced in early 2020, the free cybersecurity training courses include more than 30 self-paced, technical courses on critical topics ranging from Secure SD-WAN to Operational Technology to cloud security. To date, there have been more than 1,000,000 registrations for these free courses.

The training courses count toward the (ISC)² CPE Submitter Program and the NSE Certification Program, which is Fortinet’s eight-level certification that includes cybersecurity fundamental education courses (NSE 1-3), technical product training (NSE 4-6), advanced solution-based training (NSE 7), and the cybersecurity expert recognition (NSE 8).

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Training in Local Languages / Respecting Language and Culture

Fortinet Authorized Training Centers (ATCs) provide a global network of training facilities that deliver expert-level training in local languages. Fortinet has 90+ ATCs worldwide and is continuing to expand the locations of the training center partners to further the reach of NSE training. Fortinet ATCs are currently teaching in more than 134 countries and territories and can deliver training and local cultural support in 26 different languages.  Find an ATC