Fortinet to train Tabuk University students in cybersecurity

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 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.”


MITEF Saudi Arabia announces semifinalists

MITEF Saudi Arabia announces semifinalists
Updated 13 January 2021

MITEF Saudi Arabia announces semifinalists

MITEF Saudi Arabia announces semifinalists

The MITEF Saudi Arabia, a program of the global network of MIT Enterprise Forum, in collaboration with Bab Rizq Jameel, recently announced the semifinalists in the competition’s three tracks: Startups, Ideas, and Social Enterprises. The competition will be holding its closing ceremony virtually on March 6 under the patronage of Abdullah A. Al-Swaha, minister of communications and information technology.

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) will be represented by Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Future Jobs and Digital Entrepreneurship Dr. Ahmed Altheneyan.

The semifinalists were selected by a jury composed of 100 business and academic experts from all over the world, who evaluated more than 500 projects against the competition criteria, which are creativity, potential to expand and the positive impact on the community.

The second round of judging will be held on Feb. 20 to announce the names of the finalists (27 teams). The third round will be held on March 3, after the virtual briefing sessions and the business accelerator from Jan. 9 to Feb. 13. A Startup Investment Forum will be held on March 4, 5 and 6.

Bayan Alghamdi, head of entrepreneurship programs and MITEF Saudi at Community Jameel, said: “This year, the MITEF Saudi Arabia competition saw remarkable progress in terms of the quality of entries in various categories and fields, including e-commerce, education technologies, consumer services, productivity applications, in addition to digital technologies and healthcare.

“The competition is organized in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to support small and medium enterprises. The total number of applicants since the launch of the competition in 2015 has reached more than 8,500 participants from all over Saudi Arabia, thanks to the support of all governmental and private companies. Despite the hard times we have gone through this year due to the global pandemic, entrepreneurs were able to overcome this challenge with a lot of creativity and innovation that contributed to curbing this pandemic, and we wish all the best for participants and good luck to the semifinalists.”

To qualify for the competition, applicants must present an innovative project that is scalable and capable of making a positive impact on the community.

The Saudi startups that qualified for the semifinals of the 5th MITEF Saudi Startup Competition are: Jirah, Nugttah, Grintafy, Future Platform, Winch, Meeza, Hudhud AI, LOGEXA, Linkers IoT, Tafeyette Inc., Spider Connect, Shgardi, BashQash, PhysioHome, and Hesba.

Semifinalists in the Ideas track included 15 teams: Genomez, Hydrojeen, Sawty, Estidama, Hakawati Game, Carissimi, Msaha, Themar, Qawam, SARsat, Aquash, Mthmr, White Helmet, Harreef, and Vending Machine Layer.