ISACA and CyberSafe Foundation Partner to Address Underrepresentation of Women in Tech

Schaumburg, Ill. (Aug. 17, 2023) — Global technology association ISACA and CyberSafe Foundation today announced a partnership to support the CyberGirls Fellowship and their career development offerings.

As part of this partnership, ISACA’s Academic & Workforce Program along with the ISACA One In Tech Foundation and the Chicago and Abuja ISACA Chapters will offer the IT Risk Fundamentals course and certificate exam and a one-year ISACA student membership to 85 CyberGirls fellows. As part of the ISACA student membership, CyberGirls fellows will also be able to access mentorship opportunities with the ISACA Abuja Chapter and ISACA Global.

“As a global learning organization, ISACA believes in the power of building connections and community to expand the impact of our educational offerings for the students and professionals we serve,” says Jeff Angle, ISACA Senior Director of Academic and Workforce Development. “We are excited about our partnership with CyberSafe and our Chicago and Abuja Chapters and the strides we can make together to open new learning pathways for students and engage in meaningful cybersecurity conversations.”

“As an organization empowering women to defend the digital world via the CyberGirls Fellowship, this global partnership greatly facilitates and reinforces our belief that our sector will gradually embrace more inclusivity and diversity. We are immensely thrilled for our fellows and eagerly anticipate the far-reaching impacts this investment in their cybersecurity careers will bring to the world in the near future,” says Confidence Staveley, Executive Director, CyberSafe Foundation.

Additionally, as part of this collaboration, the course will be instructed by ISACA Chicago Chapter member and ISACA Global Achievement Award winner for Inspirational Leadership, Ramona Ratiu. Ramona has been actively involved in supporting initiatives within the IT/IS space, specifically ISACA’s SheLeadsTech program and academic outreach, in order to help promote diversity and growth of industry professionals.

“The ISACA Chicago Chapter is thrilled to enter into a collaborative partnership with the CyberSafe Foundation, aimed at providing CyberGirls Fellows with invaluable training, mentorship, and networking opportunities.” says Ratiu. “We look forward to assisting another generation of students immerse themselves in our industry and learn about potential career pathways.”

To learn more about IT Risk Fundamentals or ISACA’s other IT and emerging technologies courses, visit To learn more about the CyberSafe Foundation and its CyberGirls program, visit


ISACA® ( is a global community advancing individuals and  organizations in their pursuit of digital trust. For more than 50 years, ISACA  has equipped individuals and enterprises with the knowledge, credentials,  education, training and community to progress their careers, transform their  organizations, and build a more trusted and ethical digital world. ISACA is a  global professional association and learning organization that leverages the  expertise of its more than 170,000 members who work in digital trust fields  such as information security, governance, assurance, risk, privacy and quality.  It has a presence in 188 countries, including 225 chapters worldwide. Through  its foundation One In Tech, ISACA supports IT education and career pathways for  underresourced and underrepresented populations.

About CyberSafe

CyberSafe Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to facilitating positive change by ensuring a safer internet for everyone with digital access in Africa. They strive to raise awareness about cybersecurity, provide technical skills training, and empower individuals, organizations, and communities to navigate the digital landscape securely. The CyberGirls Fellowship (an initiative of CyberSafe Foundation) holds the distinction of being the largest free cybersecurity training and mentorship platform for young women across Africa.