Training underway through the National Institute of Standards and Technology's National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers & Studies. Challenging times have spurred companies and associations to offer free cybersecurity offerings. (NIST)

A pair of cybersecurity firms this month announced a slate of new career training and education courses that will be made freely available to the public. These complimentary offerings are helping current, aspiring and unemployed infosec professionals gain an upper hand in a down economy, while aiding an industry facing a growing skills gap.

On Jan. 6, Fortinet announced that it would provide, at no cost, self-paced advanced security training courses, with topics that include securing SD-WANs, operational technology, cloud environments and more. Previously, only Fortinet’s channel partners had free access to the company's career training content, but since April 2020, the firm began making its curriculum available to all. This latest announcement is an expansion of that policy, which was enacted in response to the pandemic and the work-from-home movement it created.

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