Fortinet has expanded its Network Security Expert (NSE) Institute with free security awareness training and cloud certification. In this way, the security specialist wants to contribute to a solution for the shortage of security professionals.
In today’s security landscape, training is critical to business success. The development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy may seem an overwhelming task according to the company. The NSE institute therefore means helping organisations to teach their staff the basic principles of security simply and free of charge.
To this end, Fortinet has already set up the NSE institute to arm students with a basic knowledge of the threat landscape and the basic skills in the field of cyber security. These would be needed to implement security strategies and technical concepts, for which there is a high demand.
1.5 million experts deficit
Especially since, according to Gartner, the global shortage of security talent has become the biggest new risk for organizations. The number of security vacancies has grown more than the number of security professionals as a result of the growth of the digital economy. Fortinet states that there is currently no efficient way to train skilled security professionals at the same pace. In addition, there would also be insufficiently trained people available for proper planning, management, integration and optimization of security services, strategies and procedures. Not a positive development, given that according to Frost & Sullivan, there will be a worldwide shortage of 1.5 million security professionals in 2020.
The acute shortage of expertly trained security professionals results in understaffed and overworked security teams. This gives cybercriminals an advantage. Fortinet is more than a technology company. We are also a learning organisation. We want to offer a solution to the shortage of security talent that goes far beyond product-specific training. In this way, we want to counterbalance the growing number of global cyber threats, said Ken Xie, founder, chairman and CEO of Fortinet.
Government agencies, universities and NGOs
The security specialist therefore wants to offer a scalable solution to the skills shortage. In addition to a comprehensive training and information strategy, the company claims that it also provides for extensive strategic partnerships with government agencies, universities and NGOs. For example, Fortinet cooperates with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its Centre for Cyber Security. In addition, the company also partners with the Global Threat Alliance, CompTIA and various university research programmes. Broad, international cooperation, innovation and the development of powerful global solutions that contribute to the reduction of global cyber attacks and cybercrime is therefore something that Fortinet says it wants to continue striving for.
In addition to information programmes for secondary schools, higher education institutions and universities, Fortinet has also set up the FortiVets programme. This training helps veterans with a special state of merit to make the transition to the security sector. In addition to training and coaching, the veterans are also offered a broad network and extra free security awareness training.our launch article.