Fortinet to offer free cybersecurity awareness training for every teacher in Australia
Posted: Thursday, Aug 24
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Fortinet to offer free cybersecurity awareness training for every teacher in Australia

Nicole Quinn, head of government affairs, APAC, Fortinet, said, “Fortinet Australia is proud to bring our Information Security Awareness and Training service at no cost to every public and private school in Australia. Building on our successful roll out in the United States, we are thrilled to bring a local, customised version to teachers and school administrators to help raise cyber awareness through training in all Australian primary and secondary schools. Fortinet is looking forward to working with both the public and private education sectors to help schools train their staff and faculty with skillsets and knowledge that could prevent them from falling victim to popular threat methods, such as social engineering attempts, and reduce the likelihood of a cyber breach.”


News summary 


Fortinet, the global cybersecurity leader driving the convergence of networking and security, today announced that its Security Awareness and Training service: Education Edition, which provides online cybersecurity training to educators and staff, will be made available to approximately 9,000 public and private schools across Australia for free.


Fortinet is expanding its existing free training offerings as part of the company’s commitment to train one million people in cybersecurity by 2026 and to help close the skills gap in Australia and across the globe. With more than 9,600 schools and over 307,000 full-time equivalent teachers across the country, this represents a significant investment in Australia by Fortinet and reinforces the company’s commitment to address the cybersecurity talent shortage by supporting the Australian government’s aim for more public and private partnerships.


Free cyber training for educators 


Fortinet’s 2023 Cybersecurity Skills Gap Report found that 8 per cent of breaches can be attributed to lack of cybersecurity skills or awareness. Educational institutions are seeing an increase of bring your own devices (BYOD) by students, faculty and administrators, among other IT challenges, leaving them more vulnerable to threats due to the expanding attack surface. As a result, educational institutions must ensure they are securing their critical digital assets and sensitive information about their students.


Fortinet’s Security Awareness and Training service: Education Edition seeks to address this challenge and is an initiative first launched in the U.S. during the 2022 White House National Cyber Workforce and Education Summit, where Fortinet participated in important discussions to solve the cyber talent shortage.


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I welcome Fortinet’s initiative to provide free security awareness and training to Australian primary and secondary school educators. As part of the Albanese’s Government commitment to make Australia the most cyber secure country in the world by 2030, we see the value in working in partnership with companies such as Fortinet to help improve cyber skills at every level. This significant and important initiative will support teachers and staff across all Australian schools.

 Hon Clare O’Neil, Minister for Cyber Security 


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About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) is a driving force in the evolution of cybersecurity and the convergence of networking and security. Our mission is to secure people, devices, and data everywhere, and today we deliver cybersecurity everywhere you need it with the largest integrated portfolio of over 50 enterprise-grade products. Well over half a million customers trust Fortinet’s solutions, which are among the most deployed, most patented, and most validated in the industry. The Fortinet Training Institute, one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry, is dedicated to making cybersecurity training and new career opportunities available to everyone. FortiGuard Labs, Fortinet’s elite threat intelligence and research organisation, develops and utilises leading-edge machine learning and AI technologies to provide customers with timely and consistently top-rated protection and actionable threat intelligence. Learn more at, the Fortinet blog, and FortiGuard Labs.
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