HAMILTON( NEW ZEALAND) Wintec will be the first educational institution in New Zealand to offer the Fortinet cyber security programme, where action-orientated cyber security experts will train in state of the art lab environments. The Fortinent Network Security Academy(FNSA) programme was created to meet the demand for highly-trained cybersecurity experts to protect organisations from the growing cyber threats.
Senior Regional Director Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands at Fortinet, Jon McGettigan says a global shortage of cyber security professionals is impacting New Zealand 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 six million globally by 2019. We are partnering with organisations in the local market to help fill the pipeline of cybersecurity experts. Wintec is one of New Zealand’s largest and leading Institutes of Technology and has an impeccable reputation for training excellence.”
Industry engagement director at Wintec, Klaus Reiter is excited about the opportunity this partnership holds for Wintec students aiming for a career in cybersecurity.
“Wintec is committed to providing a skilled workforce that meets the needs of the IT industry and matches with the economic and employment priorities of New Zealand,” says Klaus.
“A recent IT industry survey put cybersecurity at the top of the list of essential skills for a bright career in IT today. This is a great platform to provide our students with advanced IT skills and certification to boost their employment prospects, while gaining recognition in the industry within an elite group of security professionals.”
Students will be 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’ programmes.
Wintec provides its students with the option of getting the FNSA certification alongside their degrees in Applied Information Technology, and encourages participation through incentives, such as free course vouchers for students pursuing certification for the first time.
The academy will provide industry-recognised cybersecurity training and certification opportunities to students who will learn how to protect organisations from cyber threats.
Students will be 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.