TechVets is proud to support Fortinet’s initiative to tap into the exceptional skill set military veterans offer in bridging the global cybersecurity skills gap. Recognising the potential of veterans, Fortinet has inaugurated the Veterans Program Advisory Council, a diverse board with representatives from the Five Eyes nations (US, UK, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia), to enhance the outreach and efficiency of its Veterans Program.
Military veterans inherently possess qualities crucial for cybersecurity roles, such as discipline, adeptness at high-pressure problem-solving, and an understanding of defence strategies. Despite these attributes, a Fortinet study reveals that 43% of firms face challenges hiring qualified veterans. Another concerning finding is the high attrition rate among veterans in the cybersecurity sector, partly due to understaffing, which often results in overburdening.
The newly-formed advisory council, featuring leading international members with deep ties to the veteran community, aims to refine Fortinet’s approach to equipping veterans with the requisite skills and tools, ensuring they enter and thrive in cybersecurity. Key figures from TechVets, such as Colin Grimes and James Murphy, are prominent council members.
Fortinet’s Veterans Program has a track record of facilitating training pathways for veterans, regardless of their IT background, offering comprehensive cybersecurity training and career opportunities. Fortinet has consistently demonstrated its dedication to the veteran community, and with the input of the Veterans Program Advisory Council, it hopes to amplify its commitment further.
For detailed information on the members of the Veterans Program Advisory Council and additional resources offered by Fortinet, visit Fortinet’s official website.