Comcast Newsmakers Features Michelle Russell on the City Tech Collaborative Cybersecurity Training Pilot in Chicago Vice President of Programs Michelle Russell was featured on Comcast Newsmakers in a segment titled, Equity in Cybersecurity Training: A New Collaborative Pilot in Chicago.

Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand, with around 35,000 open cybersecurity positions in the United States. Currently, women only make up 20% of the cybersecurity workforce; in order to meet the demand for a skilled workforce, we need to increase the number of women getting into and staying in cybersecurity. and ISACA’s SheLeadsTech program, both with a mission of increasing the representation of women in technology positions and providing pathways for retention and advancement, received a Connect Chicago Innovation award for their proposal to develop an affordable and accessible cybersecurity training program. The program, which is currently underway, offers training and workforce opportunities for women in underrepresented communities in Chicago through a cohort environment with mentorship, role models, and career advancement available.

This pilot program is supported by the Connect Chicago Innovation Program, a fund managed by the City Tech Collaborative in partnership with philanthropy, industry, and the City of Chicago. Winning teams receive funding and a workshop with City Tech to better define the program and refine the project plan, connections to in-kind resources, and help from City Tech in managing the pilot program.

The segment is available to Comcast customers on the Comcast On Demand feature. To view the segment online, please visit Comcast Newsmakers.