Fortinet Training Institute accelerates mission toward closing the cybersecurity skills gap

Global leader in cybersecurity solutions, Fortinet has announced its Training Institute programs will help to close the cybersecurity gaps.

In September last year, Fortinet pledged to train 1 million people in cybersecurity as part of the company’s commitment to address the cyber talent shortage. Through the Fortinet Training Institute programs, including the NSE Certification program, the Education Outreach program and the Academic Partner program, Fortinet is progressing on its pledge to train 1 million people on cybersecurity by 2026.

Sandra Wheatley, SVP of Marketing, Threat Intelligence and Influencer Communications at Fortinet said: “Fortinet’s vision is to make possible a digital world that organisations can always trust by securing people, devices and data everywhere. To help achieve this, Fortinet is committed to closing the cyber skills gap and raising cyber awareness through our TAA initiative and Training Institute programs.

“Last year we committed to training 1 million people on cybersecurity by 2026 and so far we’re tracking ahead of our goal for the year toward this pledge.”

According to Fortinet’s global 2022 Cybersecurity Skills Gap Report, 80 percent of breaches can be attributed to a lack of cybersecurity skills and awareness. Additionally, 64 percent of organisations experienced breaches that resulted in loss of revenue, recovery costs and fines. Given the gravity of the cyber skills gap and its direct impact on organisations’ bottom line, business leaders consider the talent shortage one of their biggest challenges and acknowledge cyber training and awareness is a critical component of their security strategy.

To help address this increasing concern, Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA) and Training Institute programs are focused on providing an award-winning training curriculum to security professionals, as well as expanding learning and career opportunities for anyone interested in cybersecurity, regardless of background or life experience. These efforts coupled with Fortinet’s focus to attract greater diversity to the industry as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives are contributing to Fortinet’s progress toward its pledge to train 1 million people across 5 years to help close the skills gap.

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