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Fortinet NSE Institute Training Initiatives Continue to Expand Globally To Address Workforce Shortage

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Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced increased global growth of its Network Security Experts (NSE) Institute comprised of the NSE Certification program, Fortinet Network Security Academy (FNSA) and the Fortinet Veterans (FortiVet) program. With significant growth in its training and education programs, Fortinet is further advancing its efforts to close the cybersecurity skills gap and address the talent shortage.

Cyber Skills Gap is a Leading Risk
According to the 2019 ISC2 Cyber Security Workforce Study, around 2.8 million professionals currently work in cybersecurity around the globe, but an additional 4 million trained workers would be needed to close the skills gap and properly defend organizations. Organizations need a skilled workforce to protect against threats that have increased in sophistication and volume across an expanding attack surface. A Forbes Insights survey commissioned by Fortinet uncovered that CISOs are looking for more talent and need better training for employees. Recognizing this industry-wide obstacle, Fortinet is tackling the cybersecurity skills gap issue through its global NSE Institute programs.

Fortinet NSE Institute Training Initiatives Continue to Expand Globally To Address Workforce Shortage

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Fortinet has a history of being a learning organization through its NSE Institute programs and initiatives focused on addressing the skills gap. Recent highlights from continued momentum across these initiatives include:

  • Continued Collaboration with World Economic Forum: Asa founding partner of WEF’s Centre for Cybersecurity, Fortinet has been engaging in discussions at WEF events in the past year and offering unique and valuable insights to the global cybersecurity conversation. Fortinet’s Founder, Chairman and CEO Ken Xie recently offered strategic insights as a panelist for the Building Resilient Health Systems session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
  • Uptick in Awarded NSE Certifications: Fortinet has issued more than 270,000 NSE certifications to date, of which about 300 are for the distinguished NSE level 8. With a growth of 45 percent in NSE certifications in 2019, Fortinet is sharpening and upskilling professionals’ knowledge of the cybersecurity landscape and Fortinet’s products. The Fast Track program – made up of comprehensive workshops that cover significant topics in cybersecurity – also grew significantly with more than 300 percent growth in participants in 2019. To date, there have been more than 30,000 customers and partners who have been through the Fast Track program.
  • Globally Expanding Fortinet Network Security Academy (FNSA): Through FNSA, academic institutions and nonprofits receive access to Fortinet’s NSE certification curricula to prepare students and participants for a career in cybersecurity. Fortinet has more than 200 academies in more than 60 different countries. New FNSAs to join the program in 2019 include: Al Hussein Technical University in Jordan, Business and Technical Training College in Canada, ICT School of C.P in Angola, InGenio Learning in Peru, University of Nuevo Leon in Mexico, Portmore Community College in Jamaica, Valoris in West and Central Africa, and FDETEC in Ecuador, among others.
  • Helping Veterans Enter the Cybersecurity Workforce Through Training: As part of the FNSA and FortiVet program, Fortinet collaborates with nonprofit organizations focused on helping Veterans and their spouses enter the workforce. Nonprofits joining FNSA are able to provide their constituents with access to Fortinet’s NSE certifications and training, while FortiVet helps Veterans transfer relevant experiences to a career in cybersecurity. Veterans-focused nonprofits that became academies in 2019 include: Corporate America Supports You (CASY), TrainOurTroops, VetCTAP, Coding for Veterans in Canada and TechVets in the United Kingdom.

“Fortinet prides itself on being both a leading technology and learning organization. From the beginning, continuous learning and innovation has been part of our DNA. Through Fortinet’s Network Security Expert (NSE) Institute programs, we are dedicated to addressing the cybersecurity skills shortage which is one of the biggest challenges facing organizations and our customers today,” John Maddison, EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet.

Fortinet NSE Institute Training Initiatives Continue to Expand Globally To Address Workforce Shortage

Supporting Quotes from Fortinet Network Security Academies
“Al Hussein Technical University joined the Fortinet Network Security Academy to provide HTU students an opportunity to expand their knowledge of the cybersecurity landscape and products. Together with Fortinet, we are filling the market demand for technical skills as our graduates are certified and up-to-date with the latest security skills that are sought after by employers.”

– H.E Professor Labib Khadra, President at Al Hussein Technical University

“FDETEC is a professional training center in Ecuador that specializes in Information Technology. The Fortinet Network Security Academy program stood out to us given its structured content and distinguished NSE certification program. In the past year as a FNSA, we have seen our students’ motivation to learn cybersecurity increase as they see through hand-on learning the importance of cybersecurity in our daily lives.”

– Maria Dolores Valencia, Executive Director at FDETEC

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“The Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León through the Facultad de Ciencias Físico Matemáticas has joined the Fortinet Network Security Academy to prepare and enable our students to contribute to the IT security field. This program allows us to complement our students’ education with cybersecurity skills that are in high demand. Organizations are looking for highly-prepared cybersecurity professionals who know how to work with the best security solutions, like Fortinet’s. The Fortinet NSE certifications allow our students to have competitive advantages over graduates from other IT programs.

-Dra. Perla Marlene Viera González, Information Security of the Faculty of Mathematical Physical Sciences at University of Nuevo Leon

“Knowledge in cybersecurity is a skill that is sought out by many employers in France and around the world. The NSE certifications that are part of the FNSA curriculum our students have access to are helping them be better equipped to enter the job market. Valoris University provides the local and global IT market with quality professionals and Fortinet’s program has helped us further fulfill this mission.”

-Jameet Breyna, Academic Director at Valoris University

Supporting Quote from Veterans-focused Academy
“TrainOurTroops works tirelessly to provide U.S. veterans and their dependents with free advanced online training and certifications to give them a competitive advantage in the civilian workforce. We recently partnered with Fortinet Network Security Academy giving our members access to Network Expert Security (NSE) certifications and training. Through this program, Veterans and their spouses can expand and up level their skills for a career in cybersecurity. We are also collaborating with Fortinet’s FortiVet program to help connect and place veterans with employers. These invaluable programs are helping us further our mission in helping our constituents transition more quickly into the workforce while filling a big industry need for cybersecurity professionals. In the end we see this being beneficial for both organizations and most importantly the people we are here to serve.”

-Sean Lardo, Partner Relations at TrainOurTroops (US Army Veteran)

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Innovation: An Enabler of Sustainability #SAP, #Globe share How #Technology Helps Ensure Sustainable Future   

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Nowadays, more and more consumers and businesses take on sustainability as a strategic imperative to unlock competitive and growth opportunities. In a recent report, PricewaterhouseCoopers noted that 43 percent of CEOs in the Philippines included climate change and environmental damage in their strategic risk management activities.

But what does innovation have to do with sustainability? How does it help enable companies to become more sustainable?

In the recently held Globe Innovtalks, in collaboration with SAP SE (NYSE: SAP), Simone Pigason, Head of Digital, Resilient, and Sustainable Supply Chain of SAP Southeast Asia, and Ivan Curada, Cloud Engineer at Globe’s Information Systems Group (ISG), shared how innovations can help Philippine businesses pursue sustainability in today’s world.

Innovation in Supply Chains

Nowadays, most greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions originate from businesses’ supply chains. A 2020 study by non-profit charity CDP revealed that emissions from the supply chain are about 11.4 times greater than those from operations, making up at least 92 percent of the whole GHG emitted by a business.

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Simone Pigason noted that digitalizing supply chains help organizations reduce their carbon emissions to become more sustainable. What’s more, this enables supply chains to be agile, productive, and connected, thus resilient to future disruptions.

“The global health crisis has shown businesses the importance of having resilient supply chains. And as various disruptions still happen globally, resilient supply chains are a must to provide consumers consistently with the goods and services they need,” said Pigason.

Pigason added that SAP has two sustainability enablers that allow businesses to track their sustainability efforts.

First, the Sustainability Control Tower automates the report of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impacts and GHG emissions of businesses. Operating in a single dashboard, it also keeps track of emission levels from various areas. Through the Sustainability Control Tower, businesses can see what parts of the Philippines have the most carbon emissions.

Secondly, the Plastics Warrior is a gamification process by SAP, which motivates consumers to recycle more. Aside from notifying supermarket shoppers about their plastic use, it utilizes advanced analytics to learn about a retail company’s plastic waste. With the help of Plastics Warrior, businesses can enable Filipino citizens to recycle more.

Innovation: An Enabler of Sustainability #SAP, #Globe share How #Technology Helps Ensure Sustainable Future    

Innovation in the Workplace    

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According to Curada, Globe generates at least 4,000 memos each month, with an average of five pages. If these are printed on paper, it consumes around 20,000 sheets or 40 reams per month. Recent research by Benoit Cushman-Roisin and Bruna Tanaka Cremonini revealed that 16.67 reams of paper are produced from a single tree, which takes years to grow.

To minimize paper consumption and enable faster approval processes, Curada explained how Globe digitalized its memos through its own system called memo.ph. This system drastically cut paper use in the company.

“This serverless application digitalizes our memo approval processes to allow us to save at least two trees every month. It also offers templates to make memo creation as easy as possible while using an open-source library, so you are not paying for any license to make this application possible,” added Curada.

Pigason could not agree more about utilizing technology in innovating the workplace.

“To become more sustainable, organizations must be able to digitalize their traditional processes. All these solutions and applications prove how technologies can help build a sustainable future in today’s world,” she said.

Visit the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @SAPNews.

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#MerryGCash: Up to P300,000 now up for grabs in the last draw of GCash’s Lucky Load promo #GCash

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Get ready to greet the new year with a bang as GCash is giving buy load users a chance to win up to P300,000 in the last draw of its Lucky Load promo, which gives customers a chance to win a portion of a weekly pot prize by purchasing load and playing their earned tickets.

 

In the past weeks from November 21, 2022, thirteen buy load users have already won thousands of pesos, making their Christmas holidays a merrier experience, indeed!

 

GCash customers just need to keep on using the Buy Load feature until December 28, 2022, so that they get one ticket entry for every P50.  Participants should bear in mind that the number of tickets will be rounded down. For example, if the load amount is P70 or P99, this will only earn you one ticket entry. So, why not spend some more and save that load for when you need it?

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Once a GCash user gets the ticket, they can select 6 icons from a roster of 30 icons. After picking the six icons, the user can submit the ticket entry. To win, a player must have six matched icons, in no particular order, to the winning draw.

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For the past weeks, the prize of P150,000 has been divided equally among all users with the corresponding number of matched icons. And since there were no winners during the 4th weekly draw, the prize was added to the pot of the final draw.

 

If there’s still no winners during the last draw, the remaining pot prize will be raffled off to 500 lucky winners on December 29, 2022. Winners will be posted on the GCash official Facebook page on or before January 10, 2023

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Thanks to GCash, anyone can get a chance to enjoy even better holidays with more money to spend on shopping, travel, or some self-care, that’s why it’s important to buy more load to earn more tickets and have more chances to win up to P300,000.

 

The GCash app is available for free on the Google Play Store, App Store, and HuaweiApp Gallery. For more information, visit www.gcash.com.

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Vertiv Offers Scalable Busbar Power Distribution System for Data Centers and Other Dynamic Environments #Vertiv

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Vertiv Powerbar iMPB enables uninterrupted additions, upgrades and service without using floorspace

a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, continues the expansion of its power distribution portfolio with the availability of Vertiv Powerbar iMPB, a modular busbar system designed to enable seamless, on-demand power upgrades in dynamic data center environments. Available in both copper and aluminum conductor offerings, the Vertiv Powerbar iMPB family features capacities from 160 amps to 1,000 amps and delivers reliable overhead power distribution, with the inherent benefit of also maximizing cooling airflow. The system is ideal for use in almost any size or style of data center, as well as laboratories, distribution warehouses, adaptable manufacturing plants and other dynamic environments. The Vertiv Powerbar iMPB is available in North America, Latin America, Asia – including Australia and New Zealand, India, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

 

The busway system allows businesses to cost-effectively optimize and adapt power distribution infrastructure over time, maximizing availability through continuous power delivery to critical loads. User-friendly tap-off boxes with breaker protection can be placed anywhere along the busway and isolate active IT loads and nearby branch breakers to ensure continuous power delivery. The adaptive busbar comes with a simple sandwich-style joint pack construction that makes installation secure and easy, with no special tooling required. The Vertiv Powerbar iMPB includes a variety of capacity and connection configurations to allow for adjustments and upgrades with minimal outside support and no loss of power to critical loads. 

Vertiv Offers Scalable Busbar Power Distribution System for Data Centers and Other Dynamic Environments #Vertiv

“As more and more devices are added and higher rack densities become commonplace, space is at a premium in today’s data centers,” said Phil O’Doherty, managing director, E&I at Vertiv. “The power infrastructure must keep pace, which means being scalable and quick to deploy. The Vertiv Powerbar iMPB delivers on all fronts with a modular, easy-to-install system that is compact and flexible enough to meet constantly changing demands.”

 

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The VertivPowerbar iMPB is UL 857 and IEC 61439-2 compliant, and the lightweight aluminum busway track chassis has an IP2X/3X safety rating with integrated finger-safe capabilities and ground-first/break-last design to ensure maximum safety while servicing. With both copper and recyclable aluminum conductor options, the busbar can be configured to meet the conductivity and safety requirements of any installation.

“Today’s dynamic IT environments require enterprises to be more flexible and scalable in managing IT equipment. The Vertiv Powerbar iMPB solves our customers’ power distribution and uptime needs without the need for complex cabling. Not only does it provide savings in the long term, but also simplifies data center design and deployment, and eases cooling airflow,” said Arunangshu Chattopadhyay, director, AC Power and power distribution, at Vertiv Asia.

The Vertiv Powerbar iMPB, a mature offering from Vertiv’s E&I brand, will supersede the previous Vertiv™ Liebert® MBX busway product that was available in North America and EMEA, and is compatible with the previous offering. The Vertiv Powerbar iMPB solution complements the Vertiv™ E&I switchgear range to provide a complete power distribution solution.

 

For more information about the Vertiv Powerbar iMPB and other data center power solutions, visit Vertiv.com

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