Cybersecurity solutions firm announced the creation of the Fortinet Corporate Foundation (Fortinet Foundation) to strengthen its corporate social responsibility efforts in the global security community.
Fortinet Foundation will be focusing on addressing the cybersecurity skills gap and collaborations to provide security to individuals, organizations, and governments. Fortinet leverages its technology innovations, employees’ technical and intellectual talents, and strategic partnerships.
“Since the beginning when Fortinet was founded 20 years ago, we deliberately created a culture built on technology innovation and continued learning,” said Ken Xie, founder, chair, and CEO at Fortinet. ‘Through the establishment of a corporate foundation, we are extending investments in security training and education, employee community engagement and disaster relief efforts to empower and protect our communities, as well as positively impact our business, employees, customers, and shareholders.”
As part of the foundation’s efforts, it will give free training through Fortinet’s Network Security Expert (NSE) Institute with the hopes of closing the cyber skills gap through its programs. NSE Institute offers security training to IT professionals, students, and nonprofits to provide the security knowledge necessary to fill critical cybersecurity roles.
Cybersecurity skills gap
The foundation also aims to give the members of Fortinet Network Security Academy (FNSA) members access to Fortinet’s NSE certification and training curricula to prepare students and participants for a career in cybersecurity.
Fortinet has forged strategic partnerships to further address the cyber skills gap as well as advance information sharing critical to tackling today’s sophisticated threats. As a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Centre for Cybersecurity and the Cyber Threat Alliance, Fortinet collaborates with global leaders from various sectors to help shape the future of cybersecurity and build new opportunities in the digital economy. Fortinet also has a partnership with the NATO Communications and Information Agency and is a member of an expert working group within Interpol.
FortiGuard Labs has also been instrumental in threat sharing and collaboration, leveraging leading-edge machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to provide actionable threat intelligence to the industry. FortiGuard Labs’ partner ecosystem includes security vendor alliances, government agencies, and international law enforcement organizations, enabling it to take a leadership role to ensure the industry is responding to global emerging
The foundation also expressed its support to the global community fighting the spread of COVID-19. To provide global and local COVID-19 relief support, the Fortinet Foundation has established a multi-million dollar fund to match employee giving. It pledged to match multi-million dollars in employee contributions and in-kind to support global and local response to COVID-19 pandemic.