South Metropolitan TAFE offers Fortinet Security Academy Program to bolster students’ cyber security skills

South Metropolitan TAFE is partnering with Fortinet in Australia to offer students hands-on and real-life cyber security skills through the Fortinet Security Academy Program, part of the NSE Training Institute and an initiative of Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA). The Fortinet Security Academy curriculum is embedded within the TAFE courses, including cyber security and networking courses. This means students graduate with the ability to become certified.  

Denis Coldham, Head of Programs IT, South Metropolitan TAFE, said, “Cyber security is a huge growth area with more organisations realising how important it is to be cyber safe. Student numbers in the cyber security course have increased each semester. The course itself is challenging, and South Metropolitan graduates compare nationally with the best in the nation. Having the resources of Fortinet’s Security Academy is hugely beneficial for the students in supporting their learning.” 

Australian educational institutions like South Metropolitan TAFE are on the cutting edge of addressing the nation’s skills gap when it comes to cyber security. South Metropolitan TAFE offers a Certificate III in Information Technology (Cyber Focus), and a Certificate IV and Advanced Diploma in Cyber Security, leveraging specialist cyber security facilities at its Murdoch campus. Students can get hands-on with the latest technologies at the Training Cyber Security Operations Centre at the Murdoch campus, or they can also attend the Rockingham or Thornlie campuses.  

Denis Coldham said, “Before we were a Fortinet Security Academy partner, South Metropolitan TAFE was a Fortinet user. It was important to add the Fortinet content to our cyber security courses to avoid students becoming reliant on just one technology platform. We have built our security project centred around a FortiGate firewall.” 

Jon McGettigan, regional director Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, Fortinet, said, “Fortinet has created training materials and resources like the Fortinet Security Academy specifically to help higher education institutions play their part in reducing the cyber security skills gap. The future workforce must be cyber-savvy and, to effectively emerge from the economic challenges of the pandemic, organisations must be able to rely on their cyber defences.”  

The Fortinet Security Academy is part of the NSE Training Institute’s work to advance Fortinet’s TAA, which focuses on reducing the skills gap by introducing more diversity and education to the industry. Through the TAA, Fortinet invests heavily in training and education. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Fortinet opened up all its self-paced training courses available to anyone for free, which amounts to more than 350 hours of free training available. The self-paced courses cover topics including cloud security and secure software-defined wide-area networks (SD-WAN), both of which are emerging as indispensable and growing areas.  

Jon McGettigan said, “Right now, there is a huge opportunity for young people leaving school or older people looking to reskill to pursue a career in cyber security. People can take advantage of the Fortinet free training to upskill, reskill, and move towards certifications. Courses like those offered at South Metropolitan TAFE will play a huge role in ensuring those people are job-ready when they leave TAFE.” 


About South Metropolitan TAFE 
South Metropolitan TAFE is one of Western Australia’s most diverse training providers with major campuses in Bentley, Carlisle, Fremantle, Murdoch, Rockingham, Thornlie and Mandurah. 

Offering more than 300 qualifications from foundation courses to apprenticeships and traineeships, to diplomas and skill sets. South Metropolitan TAFE has over 25,000 students across our Perth campuses and many more through partnerships offshore. Providing high quality training services that prepare students for pathways to employment or further study and helping industry and employers grow and create the workforce of the future, South Metropolitan TAFE provides lifelong opportunities for all.  

The TCSOC at Murdoch Campus is also available to employers and government agencies to develop and enhance their cyber security capability through industry specialised training. 

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About Fortinet  
Fortinet makes possible a digital world that we can always trust through its mission to protect people, devices, applications and data everywhere. This is why the world’s largest enterprises, service providers, and government organisations choose Fortinet to securely accelerate their digital journey. The Fortinet Security Fabric platform delivers broad, integrated, and automated protections across the entire digital attack surface, securing critical devices, data, applications, and connections from the data center to the cloud to the home office. Ranking #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide, more than 510,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. And the Fortinet NSE Training Institute, an initiative of Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA), provides one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry to make cyber training and new career opportunities available to everyone. Learn more at, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs