Fortinet has declared that all self-paced advanced cybersecurity training courses will remain free beyond 2021.
Fortinet is committed to developing a diverse cybersecurity workforce by continuing to offer free security training for anyone around the world. As the pandemic led to the exponential increase of teleworkers, the need for securing remote networks and users became a top priority for organizations.
Rajesh Maurya, Regional Vice President, India & SAARC at Fortinet said “With over 800,000 registrations for our free training offerings in 2020, it has become clear that Fortinet’s NSE training is fulfilling a huge need for all levels of security professionals. As such we are committed to continuing offering the entire catalog of self-paced Network Security Expert training at no cost until we see the skills gap trend reverse. 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.”
IT teams already challenged with finding security professionals due to the skills gap were faced with an even greater need for expertise to securely transition to a remote workforce.
One way Fortinet responded to this need was by opening its entire Network Security Expert (NSE) Training Institute catalog of self-paced courses free of charge in April 2020. In doing so, Fortinet provided IT and security professionals the opportunity to learn new skills, reskill or upskill their security knowledge.
Since opening these courses to the public, there have been more than 800,000 registrations. Through the course of the year, Fortinet saw an increase in registrations for its cyber awareness training – consisting of the NSE Certification Program’s training levels 1-3 – its mid-levels 4-6 designed for a technical audience and levels 7-8 for advanced expertise.
As the need for enterprise-wide cybersecurity awareness has become such a critical priority for so many organizations, Fortinet also introduced the free Information Security Awareness and Training service. The service leverages the NSE level 1 training and packages it together with a library of awareness assets and administration tools. The service provides organizations with a low barrier, zero-cost solution to get started on an enterprise-wide cybersecurity awareness program for all employees.