Thursday 13 December, 2018

Fortinet promotes cybersecurity education at UCC

The lack of advanced programmes and network security careers motivated Fortinet to collaborate with academic institutions like UCC.

The lack of advanced programmes and network security careers motivated Fortinet to collaborate with academic institutions like UCC.

International ICT company Fortinet has launched its network security academy University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) in Kingston.

As part of the launch of the Fortinet Network Security Academy (FNSA), a seminar was held at the UCC on Thursday, where representatives from both parties delivered presentations centered on the purpose and the goals the FNSA hopes to achieve.

Promoting necessary cybersecurity skills

FNSA was designed to provide training in cybersecurity and certification opportunities by recognized industries to students around the world.

Fortinet said it is devoted to increasing the knowledge of cybersecurity and the threat landscape, and is invested in improving the necessary skills to combat cyber attacks in the country.

The programme features a variety of courses that, when successfully completed, lead to an industry-standard certification.

“It is imperative that companies protect all aspects of their organizations against cyberattacks and threats, and to achieve this they must have a skilled staff,” said Andre Lawrence, systems engineer at Fortinet. “Our courses provided in every FNSA are an industry standard in cybersecurity training and certification and we are proud to form a strategic alliance with UCC to promote the education of cybersecurity professionals.”

Responding to the market’s needs

Though the demand for IT workers in the Caribbean continues to increase, the number of institutions and resources that provide adequate training in cybersecurity remains limited.

“Our alliance will be focused on promoting the training of young adults interested in the cyber industry,” said Professor Bernadette Warner, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Internationalization and Online Programmes at UCC. “By enriching our training capabilities with Fortinet’s Network Security Academy, we will be preparing our students to become the next generation of IT professionals ready to face the new challenges of the digital economy.”

The lack of advanced programmes and network security careers motivated Fortinet to collaborate with academic institutions, non-profit agencies and veteran programmes.

The volume and speed of information is increasing, causing more cybercrimes and giving way to a crisis in security skill issues.

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