Fortinet announced the availability of its Security Awareness and Training service for companies to further protect their security posture by advancing their employees’ cybersecurity skillsets and knowledge.

A Fortinet survey found that 73% of organizations had at least one intrusion or breach that can be partially attributed to a gap in cybersecurity skills.

Advancing Cybersecurity Skillsets Through Fortinet’s Security Awareness and Training Service

Fortinet has designed its new service to address security, IT and compliance leaders’ growing concerns around threats and their workforce maintaining proper cyber hygiene. The Fortinet Security Awareness and Training service reduces the likelihood of a breach caused by an employee falling for a phishing email, clicking on a malicious link or becoming the victim of a social engineering attempt. For compliance-sensitive organizations, the service also helps leaders satisfy regulatory or industry compliance training requirements.

Why Cyber Security Awareness Training is Important?

Cyber security awareness training is very essential considering the number of growing cyber-attacks and cyber security is a growing issue more than ever before.

Understanding cyber security is also important because it teaches people to be aware of hacks and other cyber security problems. If one gathers ability to handle these issues and stay safe and secure the cyber risks remains at bay.

As people take advantage of their computers, the internet, and other devices they have at work, there is more at risk than ever before.

Fortinet’s new services will benefit any company seeking to reduce threats through employee cybersecurity awareness and training by providing:

  • Curriculum from award-winning Fortinet Training Institute: The service is designed by the Fortinet Training Institute which provides cybersecurity certification and training through its various programs. The Fortinet Training Institute has received multiple industry awards for the caliber of its content and programs.
  • Alignment to NIST 800-50 and NIST 800-16 guidelines: The service is aligned to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) guidelines – NIST 800-50 and NIST 800-16 – providing training and awareness that is engaging and relevant on topics such as information security, data privacy, physical security, password protection and internet security.
  • Intelligence-driven training: Leveraging FortiGuard Labs threat intelligence, the Security Awareness and Training service provides training informed by developments observed across the threat landscape. Coursework incorporates insights to further train employees on today’s threats, preventing them from falling victim to the latest potential cyberattacks.

Employees Increasingly Become Targets for Cyber Attackers

Employees can be a strong line of defense at their organizations.A robust security architecture is only part of a company’s security strategy. Employees also need to be cyber aware to truly protect a company’s valuable digital assets. This is especially critical as Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs observed a 10.7 times increase in ransomware attacks in 2021. Additionally, in a global ransomware survey conducted by Fortinet, 67% of organizations report suffering a ransomware attack. And according to the 2021 Gartner Market Report, “people directly affect security outcomes more than technology, policies or processes.

In the last 12 months, the “human element” has been involved in 85% of breaches, and in nearly half of them (36%) phishing was the primary mode of attack.

As threat sophistication only continues to rise, it is especially crucial that employees have a good understanding of cybersecurity best practices. With attack methods changing constantly, employees’ education and awareness of the threat landscape needs to keep up.

Rajesh Maurya, Regional Vice President, India & SAARC, at Fortinet said, We’re introducing the new Security Awareness and Training service, offering any organization the ability to further protect their critical digital assets from cyber threats by building employee cybersecurity awareness.

This service uniquely is informed by Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs threat intelligence so that employees are learning and keeping up with the latest evolving cyberattack methods.”


Cybersecurity training isn’t a new concept for most organizations. Ever since the internet was introduced to the world, there have been risks to personal and business security. Many employees don’t even realize how important cybersecurity training really is for the organization they work for. Creating a program specifically for cybersecurity training is a valuable way to mitigate many of the risks associated with malicious attacks.

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