Fortinet and Willis College to Expand Partnership to Create New Cyber-Security
Jobs in Ottawa
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 12/04/13 -- Fortinet(R) (NASDAQ:
FTNT) -- a global leader in high-performance network security --
today announced that it would extend its relationship with Willis
College of Business, Technology and Healthcare in Ottawa (Ontario,
Canada) in order to train future employees.
Fortinet and Willis College are working together to develop a new
Advanced Network Security Professional Program focused on developing
technical and professional skills necessary to design, implement and
support the security requirements of complex networks.
To date, Fortinet has hired more than 40 graduates of Willis College
and, thanks to this investment, expects to hire even more over the
next five years.
"On behalf of the Government of Canada I want to congratulate
Fortinet on making this substantial investment in training their
workforce of the future and creating high-paying jobs for Canadians,"
said the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social
Development and Minister for Multiculturalism. "This is exactly the
type of employer investment in training that our Government is trying
to encourage with the Canada Job Grant. Today's announcement also
demonstrates the good work career colleges like Willis College are
doing to train Canadians for jobs that are in-demand in today's
"We hear a lot about the skills gap in Canada. Willis College's
partnership with Fortinet will help address this gap and provide
training and meaningful employment to unemployed or underemployed
Canadians," said Rima Aristocrat, president and CEO of Willis
Fortinet's investment in this process includes the construction and
establishment of a comprehensive network security lab at Willis
College's Ottawa campus. This will be in addition to technical
curriculum development, training assistance and overall program
"Having worked with Willis College for four years, we feel certain
that we will succeed in the development of a curriculum that will
teach students valuable skills and qualify them for positions that we
have open today and in the future," said Michael Anderson, vice
president of global support and services for Fortinet.
With programs slated to start early next year, the intention is to
create at a significant number of well-paying, full time jobs in
Ottawa in the coming years.
Fortinet(R) (NASDAQ: FTNT) is a worldwide provider of network
security appliances and a market leader in unified threat management.
Founded in 2000, Fortinet is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California
and has offices around the world.
Its clients include enterprises, service providers and government
entities worldwide, including the majority of the 2011 Fortune Global
About the Advanced Network Security Professional Program
The new Advanced Network Security Professional Program will result in
students being immediately qualified to be Professional Services
Engineers, Sales Engineers, Technical Account Managers and Escalation
It is an extension of the program already offered at Willis College
called the Network Systems IT Security Professional Program.
About job prospects in the field
The need for security in the information technology field has grown
with the sector as a whole. In an era where governments, companies
and individuals routinely use IT as a medium for sensitive
communications and transactions, system security is an increasingly
essential component for modern societies.
This creates opportunities for IT professionals willing to train in
cyber security; in the words of US Homeland Security's Deputy
Undersecretary for Cyber Security Mark Weatherford: "What's the
unemployment rate for a good cyber security person? Zero."
Particularly in Canada, "cyber security professionals are in very
short supply," according to a study on cyber security published in
2011 by Professional Engineers of Ontario, also quoted by the
Information and Communication Technology Council. IT security is and
will continue to be a high-demand field for the foreseeable future.
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