As part of Fortinet's training advancement agenda and in cooperation with veteran support organisation Soldier On, Fortinet Security Academy will provide free cybersecurity training to veterans or to a member of their families.
Any veteran who has worn a uniform for one day at any time since 1990 or one of their family members can receive Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) training at no cost.
Soldier On CEO Ivan Slavich said, "Veterans add significant value to an organisation because of their work ethic, and the unique skills they acquire in the military. We also recognise that the family members of Defence personnel are a valuable asset to organisations.
"By adding cybersecurity skills to their already impressive skillset, this program will ensure that former Australian Defence Personnel are imminently employable. Importantly, this program can give both veterans and their family members the opportunity to discover and pursue a new passion, creating a true win-win."
Fortinet FortiGuard Labs director of threat intelligence Glenn Maiden said, "Fortinet is committed to closing the global skills gap with our TAA and one way is by untapping veterans' potential to transition into a career in cybersecurity.
"I spent many years in the Department of Defence working alongside some of the best in the business. The level of veterans' technical expertise, collaboration, leadership and outcome focus is second to none. Fortinet provides opportunities for these exceptional ex-servicemen and women to enable a pivot to a civilian career that's rewarding, meaningful, and achievable.
"With an ongoing skills shortage plaguing the IT security community, this is a win-win proposition. Military veterans and their families gain an opportunity to reskill and revitalise their careers while the industry will gain an influx of highly capable, qualified IT security professionals with experience that translates extremely well to the cyber defence challenge."
In addition to training, participants will be offered resources for professional networking, mentoring and coaching.
On completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate and optionally a letter of recommendation.
They can go on to become certified through a combination of lectures and hands-on practical work.
According to Fortinet, these qualifications will prepare ex-servicepeople for careers on the technical side of IT security or in roles in sales, product development, project management, marketing, human resources, finance, and more.