Ottawa VIPs including His Worship Mayor Jim Watson of Ottawa, His Worship Mayor David Reid of Arnprior and MP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, Cheryl Gallant, were on hand to celebrate Ottawa’s first official Cyber Security Day and Willis College’s 118th birthday in Canada’s capital this afternoon.
The day’s official moniker celebrates the partnership between Willis College and local tech giant and global leader in the advanced security technology sphere, Fortinet. Fortinet, a California-based Fortune 500 company, first collaborated with Willis College in 2010 in order to provide students will professional skills in the field of network security. Today, this partnership has led to over fifty Willis College graduates having been directly hired by Fortinet after graduation.
Both Willis College and Fortinet plan to increase students’ likelihood of being hired on after graduation by joining forces in presenting two network security programs to the public; the Network Security Professional Program and the new Advanced Network Security Professional Program. Both of these courses promise Ottawa students the benefit of secure future employment in the network security industry after just forty-eight weeks.
The response was positive and the excitement palpable as Ottawa area media and students rallied around the bright red #FortiExpress, a brand new, fully articulated 18-wheeler, parked at 85 O’Conner Street. The #FortiExpress was fully outfitted and boasted a state-of-the0art technology lab. Could this be the future of Ottawa’s high tech industry? Mayor Jim Watson seems to think so as he proclaimed that, “Cyber security is the way of tomorrow.”
For more information about Willis College and its programs, including its two network security programs and their partnership with Fortinet, please visit http://choosewilliscollege.com or follow on Twitter @WillisCollege and @Fortinet.