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Growing an Inclusive Cybersecurity Workforce

Driving Sustainability through Cybersecurity

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Fortinet is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace based on fairness, equity, and a sense of belonging. 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. 

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, with gender-diverse board.

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


Through its NSE (Network Security Expert) Training Institute, 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. And to further help develop a diverse cybersecurity workforce, Fortinet gives access to  security training for anyone around the world, by offering all self-paced security training courses free of charge.


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 committed to helping 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 to help them successfully transition to civilian life as cybersecurity professionals.