Holmesglen Institute Launches Fortinet Network Security Academy to Foster Australian Cybersecurity Talent


Jon McGettigan, ‎Senior Regional Director Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands at Fortinet: 

“A global shortage of cyber security professionals is impacting Australia as government departments, corporations and businesses compete for talent, in response to an increasing number of cyber-attacks. Current estimates show up to one million cybersecurity job openings with demand expected to rise to 6 million globally by 2019. We are partnering with organisations in the local market to help fill the pipeline of cybersecurity experts. Holmesglen has an impeccable reputation for training excellence, and we hope to continually grow such strong partnerships in the region.”

Aleta Gilmartin, Dean, Faculty of Business, Design & Information Technology, at Holmesglen:

“Holmesglen is excited to partner with Fortinet to provide its students with advanced IT skills and prestigious certifications that will boost their employment prospects and gain recognition in the industry within an elite group of security professionals. We also look forward to upskilling our experienced teaching staff members through premium training. Cyber security is certainly a rapidly growing area of employment here and abroad, and Holmesglen is ready to match the industry demand with the right level and type of training in this vital area.”

Fortinet has announced that Holmesglen Institute will offer the Fortinet Network Security Academy (FNSA) program, with training commencing in March this year. The FNSA is designed to develop and train action-oriented cybersecurity experts to manage new and advanced threats on the horizon.

The Academy will provide industry-recognised cybersecurity training and certification opportunities to students who will learn how to protect organisations from cyber threats. , Fortinet will arm the Holmesglen team with the skills required to teach the program through extensive staff development.

Students are prepared at international FNSA sites for success in a career in network security, obtaining both the theoretical lectures and hands-on laboratory practice needed to achieve a Fortinet certification. The academy brings the training and certification opportunities previously only offered to Fortinet customers and partners to educational institutions, non-profit organisations and veterans programs.

This will be the first time that Holmesglen will be offering a specialised course to its students in the upcoming field of cybersecurity, and the FNSA courses will be imparted through certificate and diploma programs. In addition, Holmesglen will deliver the FNSA courses to ICT professionals to aid in upskilling the existing workforce.

Fortinet Network Security Academy Designed to Shape Future of Cybersecurity Workforce

Multiple studies demonstrate the cybersecurity labour shortage and the dire need for additional experts. British insurance company Lloyd’s, for instance, estimated that cyberattacks cost businesses as much as US$400 billion a year. The key verticals under attack include healthcare, financial services, education and technology companies with the top threats including malware, botnets and application exploits.

The rising threat level from cyber-attacks has contributed to the urgency of filling the talent gap − the annual surveys by Telstra states almost 60 per cent of businesses experienced at least one disruptive security breach a month in 2016, compared to just 23.7 per cent the previous year.

FNSA was created to address the international shortage of cybersecurity experts and to build a workforce skilled in all aspects of Fortinet’s end-to-end network Security Fabric, who will be trained in state-of-the-art lab environments (virtual or hardware) through experienced instructors.

Registrations of interest are now open for the Holmesglen course, starting in March 2018. To apply visit holmesglen.edu.au or email it@holmesglen.edu.au

For more information about the Fortinet Network Security Academy, or to apply to become an Academy site, visit Fortinet’s training academy or email academy@fortinet.com.

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