Fortinet to train Tabuk University students in cybersecurity

Fortinet has partnered with Tabuk University to offer the Fortinet Network Security Academy program.
Updated 07 October 2019

Fortinet to train Tabuk University students in cybersecurity

Fortinet, an American company specializing in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced that Tabuk University will be the first educational institution in Saudi Arabia to offer the Fortinet Network Security Academy (FNSA) program. The FNSA is designed to develop and train action-oriented cybersecurity experts to manage new and advanced threats on the horizon.

The academy will provide industry-recognized cybersecurity training and certification opportunities to students who will learn how to protect organizations from cyberthreats. 

“Organizations in the Middle East have struggled for years to close the significant skills gap between cybersecurity talent required for the business and its actual market availability,” said Alain Penel, regional vice president — Middle East, Fortinet. “Our partnership with Tabuk University is a step toward helping close the skills gap in the network security arena at the grassroots level, and prepare students for a career in network security. The FNSA program will provide industry-recognized Fortinet training and certification opportunities to students who enroll at the university.” 

Students at Tabuk University will obtain both the theoretical lectures and hands-on laboratory practice needed to achieve a Fortinet certification. The university will offer students the NSE 4 — FortiGate Network Security Professional curricula delivered by a Fortinet-certified trainer in a purpose-built lab. 

“We are proud to be the first university in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East to introduce the Fortinet Network Security Academy,” said Dr. Saad Almutairi of Tabuk University. “Our vision is in line with the government of Saudi Arabia to help build a strong workforce capable of meeting the requirements of businesses in Saudi Arabia, and helping to increase the number of skilled network security professionals. As an academic institution, we play a crucial role in building and shaping careers of individuals. Through the Fortinet Network Security Academy program, we aim to encourage students to build a career in network security from a young age, thereby contributing to the strength of highly skilled professionals.”

Atkins unveils framework to reshape transport sector

Updated 17 September 2020

Atkins unveils framework to reshape transport sector

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has launched a white paper titled “Reimagining Transport and Mobility for a Sustainable Economic Recovery.” The white paper, which is developed by Atkins’ advisory business arm, Atkins Acuity, outlines the COVID-19 impact on the transport industry and provides a strategic framework to transition from short-term recovery to a medium-to-long-term transformation to achieve resilience and sustainability.

With lockdowns and restrictions on economic and social activity lifting, the challenge is how to maintain reopening safely, restore business and consumer confidence and provide the right economic and fiscal stimulus that will support the early stages of a viable recovery toward the end of the year and into 2021. However, the transport industry in the GCC has the opportunity to reshape its infrastructure, services and operations through the adoption of diagnostic tools, data analytics, planning principles and digital engineering to achieve improved outcomes and a better future.

Johan Hesselsøe, managing director, UAE, at SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins, said: “In the UAE, we have seen an increased focus beyond COVID-19 on creating sustainable infrastructure and transport systems that enhance the well-being of residents and minimize environmental impacts. We are working closely with our clients to navigate current challenges and achieve their long-term goals by providing our engineering, design and project management expertise combined with digital capabilities.”

Ian Redmayne, managing director, Saudi Arabia at SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins, added: “Despite the challenges caused by COVID-19, the crisis has reinforced the need for economic diversification in the Kingdom to foster socio-economic development in line with Saudi Vision 2030. With a proven track record in Saudi Arabia, we are proud to support this vision by sharing our market knowledge and expertise and working together with the public and private sectors to shape sustainable communities of the future.”

Through collaboration of SNC-Lavalin’s transport planning and strategic advisory experts across the world, the white paper presents a three-phase model: Reopen, Recover and Reimagine. This frames how the transport sector should respond to the unprecedented socio-economic shock inflicted by COVID-19, as well as the impact of low oil prices on GCC exports and finances. Looking beyond the immediate crisis, SNC-Lavalin’s reimagined approach to the future of transport brings together a broader agenda combining three pillars of land use, physical mobility and digital connectivity and comprises eight cross-cutting building blocks.