COSTAATT President Dr. Keith Nurse signs the agreement, with (L) Rodney Murally and (R) Kristerbella Sookdeo from Fortinet
Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago, October 9th, 2023 –The College of Science, Technology, and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT), is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement with Fortinet, a global cybersecurity leader driving the convergence of networking and security, to be the first education institution in the country to join the Fortinet Academic Partner Program. This agreement is set to significantly enhance the educational and career prospects of COSTAATT students and fits in perfectly as October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
The Fortinet Academic Partner Program works with 600 academic institutions around the world to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive cybersecurity workforce. It bridges the gap between learning and careers through access to industry-recognized Fortinet NSE training and certification courses to help learners become part of an elite group of skilled cybersecurity professionals.
The official signing ceremony took place at the COSTAATT Chaguanas Campus at 10:00 am on October 5th, 2023. Present at the event were key reps at Fortinet, Rodney Murally (Regional Sales Manager), Devanand Ramsingh (Major Account Manager), and Kristerbella Sookdeo (Territory Account Manager Renewals & Advanced Services). COSTAATT was represented by Dr Keith Nurse (President), Roger Chung (Chair, ICTs and Digital Technologies), Lisa Solomon (Corporate Secretary),Darren Headley (Director, Technology Services, Kyra McGowan-Santana (Dean, School of Business and Digital Technologies).
Under the agreement, enrolled COSTAATT students get free access to an extensive suite of industry-recognized cybersecurity training and workshops. These resources will culminate in the globally-recognized, NSE 4 Network Security Professional certification, provided by Fortinet. Traditionally, this paid certification would be pursued post-graduation; however, COSTAATT students will now have the distinct advantage of pursuing it during their academic journey.
Dr. Keith Nurse, President of COSTAATT, expressed his enthusiasm for this innovative partnership, stating that the initiative aligns seamlessly with the College’s new strategic direction, focusing on digital transformation—an essential element for expanding and diversifying the economy.
Mr. Rodney Murally, Regional Sales Manager, at Fortinet, emphasized that part of Fortinet’s mission is to contribute to enriching human capital in the countries where they operate through education and workshops to foster resilience in the use of technology. He remarked that COSTAATT was an ideal institution to fulfill this objective in a systematic and structured manner, ensuring the success of the partnership for all stakeholders.
This partnership between Fortinet and COSTAATT not only empowers students with the essential knowledge and skills to thrive in the ever-evolving digital, global economy but also addresses the surging demand for cybersecurity professionals in Trinidad and Tobago.
The College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) is one of the largest public tertiary institutions in Trinidad and Tobago. We award certificates, advanced diplomas, associate and bachelor’s degrees in a wide range of specialised, technical and academic programmes to full and part-time students. The College is the premier regional institution offering educational programmes in a number of critical areas including: radiography, medical laboratory technology, nursing, business and library studies. In addition, the College is the official translation body for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) is a driving force in the evolution of cybersecurity and the convergence of networking and security. Our mission is to secure people, devices, and data everywhere, and today we deliver cybersecurity everywhere you need it with the largest integrated portfolio of over 50 enterprise-grade products. Well over half a million customers trust Fortinet’s solutions, which are among the most deployed, most patented, and most validated in the industry. The Fortinet Training Institute, one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry, is dedicated to making cybersecurity training and new career opportunities available to everyone. FortiGuard Labs, Fortinet’s elite threat intelligence and research organization, develops and utilizes leading-edge machine learning and AI technologies to provide customers with timely and consistently top-rated protection and actionable threat intelligence. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, and FortiGuard Labs.