Fortinet®, the global cybersecurity leader driving the convergence of networking and security, today announced the Multimedia Nusantara University (UMN), an ICT university located in Tangerang, Indonesia, has joined the Academic Partner Program and through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU aims to equip UMN students with Fortinet’s industry-recognized cybersecurity training and certifications and develop their cybersecurity capabilities. The MoU, signed on June 12th, will prepare students with the high-demand skills necessary to safeguard Indonesia’s digital infrastructure while addressing the scarcity of skilled professionals.
With this agreement, UMN becomes the latest educational institution in Indonesia to join Fortinet Training Institute’s Academic Partner Program, which works with academic institutions and schools worldwide to bridge the cybersecurity skills gap. Around 300 students are expected to benefit from this program during the first academic year of the partnership. They will enter the program at NSE Level 4 with opportunities to explore additional training pathways per their career aspirations.
Certified instructors will conduct the training and certification program, a combination of self-paced and instructor-led courses through classroom and laboratory sessions, including practical and experiential exercises. The robust curriculum will produce highly qualified graduates with cybersecurity skills to help protect networks from global cyber threats and strengthen the national digital security landscape.
Indonesia is facing a significant skill gap challenge in cybersecurity due to the increasing frequency of cyberattacks. A recent survey by Fortinet revealed a surge in the number of organizations experiencing breaches, with 94 percent reporting incidents in the past year. Of these, 66 percent of organizations reported that they spent more than USD 1 million remediating the damages. Consequently, 87 percent of Indonesian board members are actively looking to expand their IT security teams. Fortinet aims to address these gaps by facilitating access to cybersecurity skills and strengthening defenses against cyber attackers.
Dr. Eng. Niki Prastomo, S.T., M.Sc., Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics, UMN
“Closing the cybersecurity skills gap can benefit from preparing the future workforce early on when individuals are students. By equipping our youth with in-demand cybersecurity skills and knowledge, Indonesia will be able to better protect their digital infrastructure. We warmly welcome the collaboration with Fortinet to leverage their award-winning training, as we work together to promote career advancement among other areas developing the cyber workforce.”
Edwin Lim, Country Director for Indonesia, Fortinet said “As cybersecurity leaders, we strive for people to seamlessly and effectively operate our solutions. That’s why we have forged partnerships with ICT universities like UMN to cultivate skilled professionals capable of safeguarding the nation’s digital transformation. This collaborative initiative aligns with our broader commitment to train 1 million
individuals globally by 2026, expanding the cybersecurity talent pool for public and private organizations.”