Fortinet has announced the company has been named the first cybersecurity founding partner of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Centre for Cybersecurity and CEO Ken Xie will serve as a member of the Centre for Cybersecurity Advisory Board.
WEF and Fortinet both believe that the global threat to our digital economy requires a global response. To respond to that threat and shape the future of cybersecurity, WEF has established the Centre for Cybersecurity, a global network of partners from business, government, international organisations, academia, and civil society to collaborate on cybersecurity challenges. Fortinet’s partnership with the Centre is further reinforcement of the company’s longstanding commitment to public and private sector collaboration. In conjunction with the Centre for Cybersecurity, Fortinet will continue its efforts to collaborate, innovate and develop powerful global solutions to reduce global cyber attacks, contain current and future cyber attacks, and deter cybercrime.
“We are proud to be the first cybersecurity company named a founding partner of the World Economic Forum Centre for Cybersecurity and look forward to collaborating with global leaders from the private and public sectors through our shared commitment to deliver a response to the growing global cybersecurity threat,” said Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO, Fortinet. “The World Economic Forum’s Centre for Cybersecurity is important for global multi-stakeholder collaboration, and serving as a founding partner of the Centre is yet another step forward in our own mission to secure the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations in the world.”
As part of the company’s activity surrounding the WEF Centre for Cybersecurity and WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, Ken Xie, chairman of the board, CEO and founder of Fortinet, and Phil Quade, CISO at Fortinet, took part in planning discussions in the inaugural Annual Gathering of the Centre for Cybersecurity in Geneva, Switzerland November 26 – 27.
It was announced at the Annual Gathering that Accenture, Fortinet and Sberbank are founding partners of the Centre and Xie was named to the Centre for Cybersecurity Advisory Board.
As part of its charter, the Centre for Cybersecurity is committed to establishing, activating and coordinating global public-private partnerships to encourage intelligence sharing and the development of cyber norms. It is devoted to collectively developing, testing and implementing cutting-edge knowledge and tools to foresee and protect against cyber attacks, current and future. It is also dedicated to implementing global capacity-building and training programs to produce the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.