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Jay Garcia


Role and Company

Global Veterans Program Manager, Fortinet


15 years experience in information technology


Vista, CA

About Jay

Jay Garcia, M.S., NSE-3
Global Veterans Program Manager-Fortinet Network Security Institute, and USMC Veteran, Ret.

Jay Garcia brings over 18 years of human resources and sales experience to Fortinet, having spent the last 15 years recruiting, consulting, coaching, counseling, and mentoring individuals and groups within several types of organizations, civilian and military.

Prior to Fortinet, Jay supported recruiting, onboarding, curriculum development, equal opportunity, training and development, and sales support operations at the United States Marine Corps. He also held sales and quality control leadership roles, and was co-founder of California Marine Families, a non-profit organization that provides support to service members and their families.

Jay has excelled in the cyber-security industry by capitalizing on a flexible blend of human resources, sales, technical and business development skills, and by applying the intangible traits acquired in his 20-year military career.

Leveraging this experience and the passion for helping Veterans, Jay focuses on developing best-practice based Veteran recruiting initiatives amongst partners in the cyber-security industry. For his efforts, Jay was awarded the Young AFCEA’s 40Under40 Award in 2018.

Jay is the Team Lead for Fortinet’s Veterans program and actively promotes their transition into the cyber-security industry. He has presented at numerous military bases around the United States and major cyber commands. He is a Fortinet Network Security Academy Expert-3.

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Articles by Jay

5 years ago

Interview Questions: Preparing for the big day!

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

IT/Cyber Certification Options

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4 years ago

Widespread Impact from Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

A recent survey from #Fortinet sheds light on the vital role that veterans and their spouses can play in closing...

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