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Willis College Marks Ottawa Cyber Security Day by Launching New Program to Create More Jobs in Ottawa

October 20, 2014

Ottawa – October 20, 2014 – Today, while celebrating Ottawa Cyber Security Day with Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT) and Invest Ottawa, Willis College officially launched its new Advanced Network Security Professional Program.

This is the next step in Willis College’s partnership with Fortinet to provide students with the skills they need to work at Fortinet’s new location in Ottawa.

On site for the official launch of the event was the FortiExpress – Fortinet’s fully equipped, state-of-the-art network security briefing centre on wheels.  Attendees were also able to tour the new Fortinet Lab at Willis College, where students will soon receive their training.

“We are thrilled to officially launch this new program,” said Rima Aristocrat, Willis College’s President and CEO.  “Through our employer driven partnership with Fortinet, we are creating jobs right here in our backyard and doing our part to bridge the skills gap.”

“Information technology security is increasingly essential to industry, government and education,” said Graham Bushkes, vice president of Canadian sales at Fortinet.  “And Willis College graduates are well equipped to navigate the constantly evolving cybersecurity landscape.”

“Willis College is an important part of Ottawa’s amazing talent-producing ecosystem which is ranked per capita as 2nd of 316 North American cities,” says Bruce Lazenby, CEO of Invest Ottawa. “Global companies like Fortinet hire here because they get world class talent at ‎fair market rates.”

Ottawa Cyber Security Day isn’t the only reason for celebration – these festivities also coincide with Willis College’s 119th birthday.

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My experiences at Willis College have been life-changing. In completing my program, I grew in many ways. My confidence increased and I was amazed at my own capabilities, which I didn’t recognize until coming to Willis. The atmosphere at Willis made me feel like I belonged to a large family; that we were all in it together to succeed. Hats off to the staff of Willis College because they work together as a team and everyone helps everyone. No one falls through the cracks. Thank you Willis College.
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