TAFE SA launches first Fortinet Network Security Academy in Asia Pacific region

Feb 28, 2017


TAFE SA is the first education institution in the Asia Pacific region to offer the Fortinet Network Security Academy, with the first classes commencing on 9 March.

Fortinet provides network security to more than 290,000 customers, including some of the world’s largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations.

The Academy was created to address an international shortage of cybersecurity experts and to build a workforce skilled in all aspects of Fortinet’s end-to-end network security fabric.

Jon McGettigan, ‎Regional Director Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands at Fortinet, said there was a growing concern in Australia around cybersecurity, with a string of notable public incidents in recent months.

“Whilst threats continue to increase, cybersecurity talent is scarce - current estimates show up to one million cybersecurity job openings with demand expected to rise to 6 million globally by 2019,” he said.

“We are partnering with organisations in the local market to help fill the pipeline of cybersecurity experts.

“TAFE SA has an award-winning reputation for training excellence, and we hope this is the first of many such strong partnerships in the region.”

TAFE SA’s Executive Director, Education, Brian Rungie said new partnership with Fortinet strengthens TAFE SA’s reputation as a high-quality provider of in-demand, job ready IT qualifications.

“TAFE SA is excited to offer IT students the opportunity to further boost their employment prospects and careers options through our new partnership with Fortinet’s Network Security Academy,” he said.

“We are working to provide a skilled workforce that meets the needs of the IT industry and matches with the economic and employment priorities of our state.

“Cybersecurity is certainly a rapidly growing area of employment here and abroad and TAFE SA is ready to match industry demand with the right level and type of training in this vital area.”

Fortinet sponsors the training content and examinations, along with instructor preparation, while TAFE SA offers the training and certification courses and provides the lab environment (virtual or hardware) and instructors to deliver the program content.

Registrations are open for the first TAFE SA course, starting on 9 March. To register, email TAFE SA at it.studies@tafesa.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.