WOMCY and Fortinet sign an alliance to increase cybersecurity training offers in Latin America and the presence of female professionals in the industry

The non-profit organization achieves the Fortinet Network Security Academy certification to facilitate advanced training in cybersecurity for its members

Sunrise, Florida – January 13th, 2021- Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in comprehensive, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced the signing of an agreement with the non-profit organization WOMCY, Latam Women in Cybersecurity, which is now part of the Fortinet global professional training program Network Security Academy (FNSA). This agreement has the purpose of collaborating with reducing the gap of trained professionals and promoting greater diversity in the cybersecurity industry in Latin America, through the training and certification of WOMCY members in the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) courses.

“As leaders in cybersecurity in the region, we are committed to offering training that allows closing the skill gap in our industry and helping the market have the qualified professionals it needs,” said Pedro Paixao, CEO and VP of Fortinet for Latin America. “We are very excited to add WOMCY to our global program that today has more than 75 affiliated educational institutions in the region. The alliance with WOMCY also allows us to bring our training offer closer to dozens of female professionals in Latin America, increasing their job placement opportunities and collaborating with the promotion of greater diversity and inclusion in our sector”, he added.

“Cybersecurity is part of the operational resilience of companies and the World Economic Forum recognizes that this area is one of the most important problems facing the world today and, in recent years, has consistently classified breaches from cybersecurity attacks as the most significant risk facing business and government leaders. However, there is a lack of professionals and diversity in cybersecurity to accompany this scenario and, in this sense, the alliance between WOMCY and Fortinet is very strategic for us to join forces and minimize this gap more and more,” said Vanessa Padua, Leader for the WOMCY Talent program.

According to the report ‘Fortinet Survey Finds Widespread Impact from Cybersecurity Skills Shortage’, 68% of organizations struggle to recruit, hire and retain cybersecurity talent, while 73% had at least one intrusion / breach over the past year that can be partially attributed to a gap in cybersecurity skills. In addition, according to data from the Organization of American States (OAS), only 11% of women who work in the technology industry focus on cybersecurity. In Latin America this figure reaches only 8% and only 1% occupies executive positions.

“At Fortinet we have the largest team of security experts in the region. Therefore, we have the great commitment to promote the growing trend of gender diversity in our teams. Today we have more than 100 expert women who occupy the positions of engineers, commercial executives in all countries, country managers and regional sales directors. We firmly believe that being an innovative company also means being an example of a culture of diversity and helping more women choose a career in the cybersecurity industry,” said Elisa Ball, Director of Human Resources at Fortinet for Latin America.

The Fortinet Network Security Academy (FNSA) program aims to provide a cybersecurity certification to students from organizations, colleges and universities around the world so that they can successfully enter the job market. Upon completion of the FNSA program, WOMCY students will have industry-leading knowledge backed by a recognized international professional certification as an important career differential.

“We will provide exclusive access to our members to advanced Network Security Expert (NSE) training and certifications, involving different disciplines that are part of the knowledge that we, cybersecurity professionals, have to look for as differentials,” added Padua.

The program was launched internally on Monday, January 11th with the ‘Become an NSE4 WOMCYHero’ campaign, exclusively for WOMCY CyberMaster members, in which they will receive access to the Fortinet NSE training platform, where they can start the online training for NSE1, NSE2 and NSE4 exams. Once the course is completed, they will receive, free of charge, the voucher equivalent to US$400 to take the NSE4 certification exam. This campaign will be in effect until April 30, 2021.

Those interested in becoming a WOMCY CyberMaster and accessing the ‘NSE4 WOMCYHero’ program can go to www.womcy.org and complete the registration process.

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About WOMCY, Latam Women in Cybersecurity

WOMCY is a non-profit organization, made up of women, with a focus on the development of Cybersecurity in Latin America. The main objective of WOMCY is to minimize the knowledge gap and increase the talent pool in Cybersecurity in Latin America. WOMCY offers programs for the corporate segment, the educational segment in schools and universities, and foundations, as well as a network of professionals in cybersecurity in Latin America. For more information, visit www.womcy.org

About Fortinet

Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organizations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 465,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning organization, the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Training Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.

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