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The Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) program is set to undergo significant enhancements in the fall of 2023 featuring increased scalability, flexibility, and modularity. With new badging, the program will also provide a better identification of specific skills and knowledge acquired in a complex industry that supports various roles across multiple cybersecurity solutions and verticals.
Effective October 1, 2023, the Fortinet NSE Certification program will undergo four major updates:
- The program’s restructuring will result in five proficiency levels that include a total of 11 certifications.
- Each proficiency level will have one or more certifications that align with professional career paths.
- Obtaining a certification will require a minimum number of exams or courses.
- Exam badges will be introduced for each core and elective exam
NSE Certification Program (October 1, 2023)
The Fortinet Certified Fundamentals in Cybersecurity certification validates that you have mastered the fundamental skills required to learn how to operate cybersecurity products and solutions. This curriculum covers today’s threat landscape and the fundamentals of cybersecurity.
To achieve this certification, you must have completed one core course and one elective course:
- 1 Core +
1 Elective within 2 years
- Introduction to the Threat Landscape
- Getting Started in Cybersecurity
- Technical Introduction to Cybersecurity
The Fortinet Certified Associate in Cybersecurity certification validates your ability to execute high-level operations on a FortiGate device. This curriculum covers the fundamentals of operating the most common FortiGate features.
To achieve this certification you must have completed the following course and passed the online exam:
- 1 Core +
- FortiGate Operator
The Fortinet Certified Professional certifications (3) validate your ability to secure networks and applications by deploying, managing, and monitoring Fortinet cybersecurity products. Each certification’s curriculum covers the day-to-day tasks related to Fortinet devices.
To achieve one of these three certifications, you are required to pass the corresponding exams:
The Fortinet Certified Solution Specialist (FCSS) certifications validate your ability to design, administer, monitor, and troubleshoot Fortinet cybersecurity solutions. Each certification’s curriculum covers security infrastructures using advanced Fortinet solutions. There are five certifications within the FCSS level. Each certification will require a minimum number of core exams and/or a minimum number of elective exams. All FCSS certifications are valid for two years from the date the last exam was passed.
To achieve an FCSS certification, professionals must first choose a specialization. Once chosen, professionals will need to pass the required exam(s).
- 1 Core +
- NSE 7 ZTA
- 1 Core
- NSE 7 Public Cloud Security
- 1 Core
- NSE 7 Advanced Analytics
- 1 Core
- NSE 7 OT Security
The Fortinet Certified Expert in Cybersecurity certification validates your comprehensive and expert knowledge of network security design, configuration, and troubleshooting for complex networks. To attempt both the written and practical exams, candidates must have related industry experience. We recommend that you complete the appropriate Professional and Engineer certification level training and have extensive experience with Fortinet products in a production environment.
- 2 Cores. Practical no more than 2 years after written
- NSE 8 Written
- NSE 8 Practical