Fortinet has announced a new technical certification program that allows security professionals to demonstrate expertise on the company’s network security products.

“We are pleased to unveil the Fortinet Network Security Expert certification, representing a new industry standard that sets the bar even higher for Fortinet’s partners, customers and employees,” said Joe Sykora, the company’s vice president of Americas sales operations and channel, said in a news release.

“We have designed the new certification program to help enable participants to greatly expand upon their knowledge and expertise of Fortinet’s expansive network security portfolio, and to better prepare them to enter untapped markets.”

The eight-level NSE certification will enable participants to leverage the entirety of Fortinet’s network security platform and be recognized in the industry among an elite group of security professionals, the company said.

There are self-paced and instructor-led courses, as well as practical, experiential exercises to show complex network security concepts have been mastered. Topics range from survey-level courses at the lower levels to advanced architectural level subject matter at the high levels. The time commitment varies depending upon course level, with the highest levels requiring extensive experience and study.

All of Fortinet’s online courses are free to channel partners.

The NSE program incorporates newly created content not covered in Fortinet’s CNSA and CNSP certifications. In fact, 12 months from now it will replace these certifications, and current holders will have to update theri qualifications.

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