Fortinet aims to close cyber skills gap through new education initiatives

Moneycontrol | April 15, 2019

Fortinet announced its ongoing efforts to close the cyber security skills gap by rolling out even further expanded training and education initiatives.Recent additions to the company’s education and training programming includes additional Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Institute cloud certifications and the offering of its cyber security awareness training –at no cost – for individuals or organizations seeking to deploy a cybersecurity awareness training program.A 2019 Gartner survey shows the global talent shortage is now the top emerging risk facing organizations. Additionally, 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 Fortinet NSE Institute was created to provide broad-based training that arms participants with a foundational understanding of the threat landscape, as well as the cyber security fundamentals and skills to implement strategies and technical concepts that are in high demand.

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For nearly a decade, researchers and technologists have been building algorithms designed to help practitioners identify and support those students who are least likely to persist and graduate. As more data has become available, these risk algorithms have become more sophisticated and diverse.In EAB’s work with the 200+ members of the Student Success Collaborative, we’ve found that risk algorithms almost always involve a trade-off between timeliness, breadth of applicability, and feasibility. Algorithms that are built on core student records (such as coursework and grades) apply to a broad number of students and are relatively inexpensive to maintain, but can only be updated a handful of times a year as more transcript data becomes available.

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For nearly a decade, researchers and technologists have been building algorithms designed to help practitioners identify and support those students who are least likely to persist and graduate. As more data has become available, these risk algorithms have become more sophisticated and diverse.In EAB’s work with the 200+ members of the Student Success Collaborative, we’ve found that risk algorithms almost always involve a trade-off between timeliness, breadth of applicability, and feasibility. Algorithms that are built on core student records (such as coursework and grades) apply to a broad number of students and are relatively inexpensive to maintain, but can only be updated a handful of times a year as more transcript data becomes available.

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