In February, 2019, the City Tech Collaborative (City Tech), AnitaB.org, and SheLeadsTech announced a new training pilot to help close the gap for women entering the cybersecurity field. The grant for the pilot program provided funding and partnership opportunities for the organizations to provide 19 women in Chicago, Illinois, USA, with cybersecurity training. These participants underwent 8 weeks of in-classroom training utilizing ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus Training Platform.
ISACA Chicago Chapter President Pam Nigro, CISA, CRISC, CGEIT, CRMA, taught the first 3 weeks of class covering Cybersecurity Nexus™ (CSX™) fundamentals. John Tannahill, CISM, taught the remaining 5 weeks of the CSX Training Platform Foundation courses. The women completed the courses and are now studying for their CSX Fundamentals certificate and CSX Foundations certificates, which include the CSX Packet Analysis Course (CPAC), CSX Network Application and Configuration Course (CNAC), and CSX Linux Application and Configuration Course (CLAC).
In reference to the pilot program, outgoing Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “Now more than ever, there is an urgent need to secure sensitive data and information technology. This program will sharpen the skill sets of more women to compete in one of the fastest-growing industries, strengthening our city’s unparalleled workforce and reinforcing Chicago’s standing as global leader for cybersecurity.”