Fortinet recently announced its partnership with Don Bosco Technical College to offer cybersecurity training and certification under the Fortinet Network Security Academy (FNSA) programme.

The FNSA, which is part of Fortinet’s Network Security Expert (NSE) Institute, provides cybersecurity training and certification curricula for high schools, colleges, and universities with the mission to prepare the future workforce with cybersecurity skills sought after by employers.

The Don Bosco Technological College (DBTC) in Mandaluyong City will leverage Fortinet’s comprehensive network security platform to run courses about modern network administration and security. The Academy will provide Fortinet’s industry-recognized Network Security Expert (NSE) training and certification opportunities to participants to help prepare students for career success in network security, obtaining both theoretical lectures and hands-on laboratory practice during the course.

The FNSA programme is available at 150 academies in more than 60 different countries. In the Philippines, DBTC is the second institution to partner with Fortinet for the FNSA programme.

To be offered next school year, the ITE-FNSA programme will complement the current Cyber and Network Security course in DBTC. Students will learn how to design and configure secure enterprise networks with next generation firewalls, intrusion prevention systems (IPS), email, and anti-malware security technologies.

According to a recent workforce development survey, 59% of organizations have unfilled cybersecurity positions, with Frost & Sullivan forecasting a shortfall of 1.5 million by 2020. As the cybersecurity skills gap continues to widen, it is creating what some now consider to be one of the top cybersecurity risks for many organizations. This critical shortage in the cybersecurity workforce has resulted in security operations teams who are overworked and understaffed, which can often result in either neglecting to adhere to cybersecurity best practices or careless errors in caring for network and security resources.

“The FNSA curriculum is aligned with our goal of gearing up future IT and cybersecurity leaders in the Philippines. With this partnership, our graduates will be equipped not only to protect organizations from cyber-attacks, but also lead in the country’s digital transformation efforts,” says Fr. Vitaliano Dimaranan, SDB, President, Don Bosco Technical College- Mandaluyong

Aside from training students and the next-generation workforce, cybersecurity is a viable career option for those looking to change careers or those re-entering the workforce after an absence.

Employers can invest in their own employees who already have technical skills and backgrounds by providing them with cybersecurity specific training and continuing education through courses with the FNSA programme. By enrolling members of their IT teams in this, organizations can help fill security talent shortages from within their own employee pool.   

By expanding the availability of the Network Security Academy program across the world, Fortinet is empowering emerging security professionals to address the skills shortage and continue to help close the skills gap.

“As the country embarks on its digital transformation journey, cybercriminals are also becoming more rampant and smarter, especially that every component connected to the network is a possible entry point for an attack. While organizations can leverage a variety of cybersecurity solutions to maintain an effective security posture, a pool of excellent IT talents is still needed to pull all cyber-defense components together. Through the FNSA program, we aim to make a difference, and we hope to partner with other educational institutions in the country to extend this program to more young talents,” Mr Louie Castañeda, Country Manager, Fortinet Philippines.

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