Fortinet, a global provider of comprehensive, integrated, and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced that all advanced security training will remain free beyond 2021. Fortinet is committed to developing a diverse cybersecurity workforce by continuing to provide free security training to everyone involved in the world.
Rob Rashotte, Vice President, Global Training & Technical Field Enablement at Fortinetsaid: “With over 800,000 enrollments for our free training offerings in 2020, it has become clear that Fortinet’s NSE training courses meet a tremendous need for all levels of security professionals. Because of this, we strive to continue delivering the entire catalog of training for network security professionals at our own pace, free of charge, until the skill gap trend reverses. Together with our ecosystem of academic and commercial training providers, as well as government and NGO partnerships, we will continue to provide the industry with a diverse, equitable, and inclusive pipeline of security professionals. “
Fortinet’s free training initiative provides learners with:
Access to more than 30 free safety courses: These courses cover topics ranging from secure SD-WAN to security of operational technologies (OT) to cloud security. More courses are expected to be added later this year. In addition, pre-recorded laboratory demos by cybersecurity experts are available for on-demand viewing.
Prepare for the NSE certification exams: Most of the free courses come from the official Fortinet NSE Certification Program curriculum. The Fortinet Certification Program is an eight-tier program that has issued more than half a million certifications.
Continued professional credits: By partnering with (ISC) 2, individuals can use their free training qualification as well as any NSE training course to earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for CISSP and other (ISC) 2 designations. Learners receive credit for each hour of NSE Training Institute training they complete with Fortinet.
Improving access to cybersecurity knowledge
As the pandemic resulted in an exponential increase in the number of teleworkers, the need to secure remote networks and users became a top priority for businesses. IT teams already faced with hiring security professionals due to the skill gap faced an even greater need for expertise to safely transition to a remote workforce.
One way for Fortinet to respond to this need was to open its entire NSE Training Institute (Network Security Expert) catalog of self-paced courses for free in April 2020. In this way, Fortinet provided IT and security professionals with the opportunity to learn new skills. re-qualify or improve their security skills. More than 800,000 registrations have been received since these courses were opened to the public. During the year, Fortinet saw an increase in enrollments for its cyber awareness training – consisting of levels 1-3 of the NSE certification program – intermediate levels 4-6 for a technical audience and levels 7-8 for advanced knowledge.
As the need for corporate cybersecurity awareness has become such an important priority for so many companies, Fortinet has also introduced the free information security awareness and training service. The service takes NSE Level 1 training and packages it along with a library of awareness resources and administrative tools. The service provides companies with a low-cost, low-cost solution that allows them to launch a company-wide cybersecurity awareness program for all employees.