As the pandemic led to the exponential increase of teleworkers, the need for securing remote networks and users became a top priority for organisations. 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 catalogue 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 Programme’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 organisations, 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 organisations with a low-barrier, zero-cost solution to get started on an enterprise-wide cybersecurity awareness programme for all employees.
The NSE Training Institute partners with global leaders like the World Economic Forum, academic institutions and non-profits to deliver cyber training to students, veterans, women, minorities and other untapped resources. NSE Training Institute’s extensive ecosystem of public and private partnerships further enables Fortinet to address the skills gap by increasing the access and reach of its award-winning NSE training curriculum.
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