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Fortinet Cybersecurity Skills Academy Pledge

Fortinet Cybersecurity Skills Academy Pledge

Start date 16/02/2024
End date 19/02/2027
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Cyprus

Fortinet is committed to closing the cybersecurity skills and talent gap in the European Union. We pledge to offer free trainings, professional certifications and general awareness educational materials to 75,000 EU citizens, by February 2027. Namely;  ICT professionals (including those already working in the cybersecurity industry), workers in other sectors who intend to re-train/re-skill, instructors, university students, and the general population of EU citizens with a particular focus on school children aged 5 to 18, and partner with 30 new academic institutions on top of the existing 163. The materials will at first be provided in English only, with Spanish, French and Portuguese translations available from the end of 2024. 

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Our pledge

“The cybersecurity talent shortage is one of the top challenges putting organizations at risk, as clearly demonstrated by the results of the latest Global Cybersecurity Skills Gap Report from Fortinet. In today’s climate, organizations must choose products that introduce automation to offload overworked teams while continuing to focus on upskilling and cybersecurity training.” 

John Maddison, EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet (March 21, 2023)

Our initiatives

In line with our company's Diversity Equality and Inclusion (DEI) values, and building on our existing partnership with Women4Cyber, we pledge to reach diverse segments of the population, with a particular focus to women and minorities.

Title of initiative: Network Security Expert certification for professionals and jobseekers.

Self-paced free online training leading to an industry-recognized certification and electronic badge that can be used on CVs and professional social networks such as LinkedIn. Mainly targeting ICT and cybersecurity professionals who want to upskill and re-skill, it can also be followed by non-IT professionals and job seekers who want to retrain.

Target Audience: 60,000 Cybersecurity professionals and other workers in the ICT industry.

Location: online access available from all Member States

Language: English. Spanish, Portuguese, and French are in the pipeline for select courses by end of 2024.

Cost: All self-paced courses are free. Free certification and badges are available for the Fortinet Certified Fundamentals and Fortinet Certified Associate levels. The other higher-level certifications require an exam fee.

Link to benefit from the initiative

 

Title of initiative: Academic Partner Program Description
Fortinet Academic Partner Program is designed to provide industry-recognized training and certification opportunities to the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. We will collaborate with academic institutions and non-profit organizations, to help learners to become part of an elite group of skilled security professionals. Through the program, Fortinet trains instructors and provides them with customizable materials (slides, videos, and other content). We also provide free online labs for students. All exams, tests, and certifications are also provided for free. (193 academic institutions in total)

Target Audience: 5,000 students

Location: at the institutions’ facilities, instructor-led and/or available through online access to Fortinet platform, from any member state across EU.

Language: English only at first. Overtime we plan offerings in French, Spanish, Portuguese.

Cost: Free for both students and instructors, including training, tests, exams and certifications.

Link to benefit from the initiative

 

Title of initiative: Capture the flag competition
Sponsor international MITRE capture the flag competition and promote it among our EU academic partners.

Target Audience: 150 university and senior/high school students

Location: virtual online competition on MITRE platform, across EU MS. Formal award ceremony at MITRE headquarters in the USA

Language: English

Cost: All costs related to participating students and institutions are covered by Fortinet’s sponsorship to MITRE.

Link to benefit from the initiative

 

Title of initiative: Security Awareness Curriculum for school children aged 5 to 18 
Curriculum for school teachers on topics such as internet safety and digital citizenship, as well as more advanced subjects such as network security, hardware and software security, catered for older students.

Target Audience: 10,000 elementary, secondary, and high school students

Location: online access from all Member States

Language: English. By end of 2024 expected in Spanish and French

Cost: Free for schools and pupils

Link to benefit from the initiative and Link for teachers to register and download the Curriculum for free

 

Fortinet is committed to reviewing and updating the status of this pledge every six months.

Background

Fortinet 2023 Cybersecurity Skills Gap Global report shows that roughly 40% of EU IT decision-makers (C-level and other executives) consider it challenging to fill (and retain) security roles, and almost 50% of them find it hard to meet their diversity goals of hiring among women, military veterans and minority groups. Approximately 84% of leaders value cybersecurity training and certifications as a way to overcome the skill shortage challenges, and they take them into consideration as part of their hiring decisions.

Want to know more? Watch now the video testimonial by Fortinet on their pledge!

Pledge duration

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Digital Skills in Education New initiative
Academic Partner Program
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5000
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Capture the Flag Competion
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Capture the Flag Competion
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150
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Cybersecurity Training for School Children aged 5 to 18
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Cybersecurity Training for School Children aged 5 to 18
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Training
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10000
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Digital Skills for Labour Force New initiative
Developing digital skills for the digital economy, e.g. upskilling and deskilling workers, job seekes; actions on career advice and guidance.
Digital Skills for ICT Professionals New initiative
Network Security Expert Certification for Professionals and Jobseekers
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Network Security Expert Certification for Professionals and Jobseekers
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60000
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Digital Skills for All Citizens New initiative
Developing digital skills to enable all citizens to be active in our digital society.