The Trust for the Americas has partnered with Fortinet® to reduce the gap of trained professionals in the cybersecurity industry in Latin America and the Caribbean, by offering Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) courses at The Trust’s DIA Innovation Labs.

The Trust for the Americas gets Fortinet Network Security Academy certification to provide advanced cybersecurity training to DIA Innovation Labs participants. 


Sunrise, Florida, December 13th, 2021 - According to the report 'Fortinet Survey Finds Widespread Impact from Cybersecurity Skills Shortage', 68% of organizations struggle to recruit, hire and retain cybersecurity talent. Therefore, The Trust for the Americas, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Organization of American States (OAS), has partnered with Fortinet®, a global leader in comprehensive, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, to reduce the gap of trained professionals in the cybersecurity industry in Latin America and the Caribbean, by offering Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) courses at The Trust’s DIA Innovation Labs. The alliance will provide DIA Lab participants with training in four key areas: AI-Driven Security Operations, Dynamic Cloud Security, Security Driven Networking, and Zero Trust Network Access.  

The NSE Training Institute Certification Program is an 8-level certification program that includes a wide range of courses, as well as practical, experiential exercises that demonstrate mastery of complex network security concepts. 

Rodrigo Iriani, Manager for the Democratizing Innovation in the Americas Program (DIA) at The Trust for the Americas explained, “These partnerships are part of our program’s DNA. We are certain Fortinet’s expertise will advance our curricula and provide DIA Lab participants with new and unique tools, crucial to foster the creation of economic opportunities to improve their quality of life and to support their communities." 

Pedro Paixao, CEO and VP of Fortinet for Latin America stated: "As leaders in cybersecurity in the region, we are committed to offering training that allows closing the skill gap in our industry and helping the market have the qualified professionals it needs. We are very excited to add The Trust for the Americas to our global program that today has more than 75 affiliated educational institutions in the region.” 

The DIA Innovation Labs create a unique environment that nurtures innovation and entrepreneurship while providing development opportunities to young people in the region. Through access to technology, collaborative spaces, training, and competitive seed funds, Caribbean youth learns tools to develop their business ideas or promote social projects that tackle local challenges. The DIA Labs currently run in Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. Next year, labs in the Dominican Republic and Belize will start operations.  

The Fortinet Network Security Academy (FNSA) program aims to provide cybersecurity certification to students from organizations, colleges and universities around the world so that they can successfully enter the job market. Upon completion of the FNSA program, DIA Lab participants will have industry-leading knowledge backed by a recognized international professional certification as an important career differential. 

Since 2017, DIA Innovation Labs have impacted more 2,750 people in the Caribbean through awareness and training processes. With its support +165 young people have undertaken initiatives, developed apps and/or businesses that benefited their communities, and over 100 participants have received funding to start and strengthen their projects or ventures. 

Those interested in attending the DIA Innovation Labs can contact the DIA team through

For more information on the DIA program and how you can support the advance of technology and innovation for youth in Latin America and the Caribbean, please contact: 




About The Trust for the Americas: 

The Trust for the Americas is a non-profit organization affiliated with the Organization of American States (OAS). Established in 1997 to promote public and private partnerships, The Trust has implemented projects in 24 countries and worked with over 1,000 organizations in the region. Our initiatives seek to promote educational and economic opportunities as well as government accountability and transparency. 

Our unique alliance with the OAS allows us to have access to decision-makers within the region. This foundational partnership is the basis through which we create strong networks across member states and the private sector. Through the evolution of our region, The Trust continues to endure by facing challenges through strategic partnerships that promote cooperation for sustainable results.   


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About Fortinet 

Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organizations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 465,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning organization, the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Training Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs




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