Cybersecurity solutions provider Fortinet has teamed up with veteran support organisation Soldier On to provide free cybersecurity training to Australian veterans transitioning to civilian careers.
As part of Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA), the training is also available to veterans’ families, and is provided by the Fortinet Security Academy Program.
The initiative aims to close the skills gap in cybersecurity while also providing ex-servicemen and women with an opportunity to reinvent their careers. The partnership allows any veteran who has worn a uniform for one day in any time period since 1990, or one of their family members, to access Fortinet’s Network Security Expert (NSE) training at no cost.
“The level of veterans’ technical expertise, collaboration, leadership and outcome focus is second to none,” said Glenn Maiden, Director of Threat Intelligence at Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs.
The NSE Training Institute’s Veterans Program (FortiVet) will augment the NSE training provided through the Security Academy Program with resources for professional networking, mentoring and coaching. The NSE programs contribute to Fortinet’s TAA by helping to bring training, certification and resources to veterans, students and other underserved communities. On completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate and, if requested, a letter of recommendation to help them find employment in the IT security industry.
Participants will also have the opportunity to become certified through lectures and hands-on practical application of the knowledge gained through the NSE certification program. The Fortinet NSE Training Institute’s certification program offers eight levels of certification that provide an independent validation of the participant’s network security skills and experience.