ITE and NTUC LearningHub sign a Memorandum of Collaboration with Fortinet to run cybersecurity courses in partnership with the Fortinet Network Security Academy

ITE and NTUC LearningHub partner with Fortinet to develop cybersecurity talent in Singapore

ITE and NTUC LearningHub sign a Memorandum of Collaboration with Fortinet to run cybersecurity courses in partnership with the Fortinet Network Security Academy
L-R: Dr Yek Tiew Ming, Principal of College East, Institute of Technical Education; Mr Patrice Perche, Sr. Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Support; Mr Thiantara Kruathorn, Fortinet’s Country Director for Singapore and Brunei; and Mr Kwek Kok Kwong, Chief Executive Officer of NTUC LearningHub

Fortinet®, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced that two more education providers in Singapore will 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 Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and NTUC LearningHub 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 Singapore, Nanyang Polytechnic was the first to partner Fortinet for the FNSA programme. The addition of ITE and NTUC LearningHub as FNSA programme partners was announced during a signing ceremony held at the official opening of Fortinet’s regional headquarters at its new premises at Suntec City.

ITE-FNSA programme

The ITE-FNSA programme will complement the current Higher Nitec in Cyber & Network Security course. 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.

The ITE-FNSA programme is available at ITE colleges now with a preliminary enrolment of 260 students in the Higher Nitec in Cyber & Network Security course offer in College East and College West starting Apr 2019.

NTUC LearningHub–FNSA programme

The FNSA programme offered by NTUC LearningHub will be part of a comprehensive suite of training courses ranging from basic IT skills to Advanced Infocomm Technology (ICT) skills, as well as an online learning platform.
Employers and employees can look forward to enrolling by 24-28 June 2019. More information will be shared on the NTUC LearningHub website in due course.

Building a Cyber defence Workforce

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. The 2018 Emerging Jobs in Singapore report by LinkedIn found that cybersecurity specialists are one of the top five in-demand jobs locally, fueled by increasing awareness of the risks posed by cybercrime.

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.

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.