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Fortinet Announces Enhancements to the Fortinet Engage Partner Program


Fortinet has announced that it is updating its Engage Partner program to help ensure that all of its partners have what they need to differentiate, grow, and expand their businesses. “Launched in 2020, the Fortinet Engage Partner program is designed to help partners develop the expertise they need to build a profitable practice through technology and service differentiation using Fortinet solutions,” the company said.

The enhancement includes changes to the Network Security Expert (NSE) educational offerings, expansion of the Engage program, and a new configuration tool. The company has updated its flagship Network Security Expert Certification program with a focus on more role-based training that is aligned to in-demand careers, such as Cloud Security Specialists and Security Operations Center (SOC) Analysts. The NSE updates now align more strongly with the solutions in the Fortinet Security Fabric, and for partners, this targeted enablement program now better represents a partner’s progressive expertise. The new NSE Certification designations include:

  • Fortinet Certified Fundamentals (FCF) focuses on the foundational knowledge and skills that are required to learn how to operate cybersecurity products and solutions and includes courses that cover today’s threat landscape and the fundamentals of cybersecurity.
  • Fortinet Certified Associate (FCA) goes deeper into cybersecurity technology with a focus on network security and the technical aspects of the next-generation firewall.
  • Fortinet Certified Professional (FCP) takes a deep dive into role-based training with the ability to take coursework that aligns with the following three areas: Network Security, Public Cloud Security, and Security Operations.
  • Fortinet Certified Engineer (FCE) goes into specialized cybersecurity solutions that map to the following key areas: Zero Trust Access, Network Security, Public Cloud Security, Security Operations, and OT Security.
  • Fortinet Certified Expert (FCX) is the most elite designation (formerly NSE level 8) and identifies the highest proficiency in comprehensive and expert knowledge of network security design, configuration, and troubleshooting for complex networks.

“The NSE changes benefit partners by giving them more flexibility in crafting their NSE path in the way that best aligns with their business needs. The NSE updates also provide an efficient path for partners to add additional certifications such as cloud or OT. And from a marketing perspective, the new NSE digital badging gives partners an easy way to promote their skills and certifications,” the company said.

To further enable partner-led professional services and support services, the Engage program has been expanded with two new service designations: Engage Preferred Services Partner (EPSP) and Expert Technical Support Partner (ETSP).

  • Engage Preferred Services Partner meets a growing customer need for professional services with a programmatic approach for successful partner-led services delivery. Partners with established professional services practices benefit from vendor support and accreditation with the aim of increasing service sales and delivery excellence. The EPSP designation is aligned to the Security Fabric pillars of operational technology (OT), Zero Trust Access (ZTA), Cloud, SecOps, and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE.)
  • Engage Technical Support Partner designation is available to Expert-level, compliant partners and offers the opportunity to upskill support engineers for better, more efficient customer support. This designation also offers privileged access to Fortinet Support and Services teams. 

Fortinet says it is further investing in partner success by providing a new configuration, design, and quoting platform that will increase partner effectiveness and sales efficiency. Coming later this year, the Intangi configuration platform is a partner-first tool that enables partners to efficiently communicate product and pricing data, increasing sales effectiveness.

Prarthana Mary

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