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Kyla Guru    

Founder/CEO of Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education and GirlCon Conferences, Gen Z Cybersecurity Leader & Social Entrepreneur

At 18 years old, Kyla Guru brings to the stage her unique tales of a teenage security supergirl. Fusing together her experiences as a first-generation American teenager, her powerful insights from starting two grassroots nonprofit organizations, and her perceptive visions for building a secure future for her generation and the next, Kyla Guru shares an unmatched energy with every audience, and brings a spirited gumption to everything she does. After her hometown experienced a cyberattack in which hundreds of social security numbers of local teachers were stolen and exposed, Kyla began studying the artistry of cyber-insecurity. Soon, she discovered one fact she could not ignore: nearly 90% of cyber-issues are caused by human error. Galvanized to meet an unmet need, at 14, Kyla founded Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education (BNBCE). Now, BNBCE is a 501(c)(3) that creates and distributes curriculum to schools internationally, and fosters partnerships with school districts, corporations, and educational platforms to increase cybersecurity training/awareness. Thus far, BNBCE has partnered with corporations like IBM and Facebook, training over 16,000 students from vulnerable populations, and bringing on eight national fellows to spread BNBCE’s mission nationwide.

Fighting for inclusivity and diversity within technology, Kyla is also the cofounder of GirlCon Conference, Chicago’s premiere tech conference that unites 350+ industry professionals and students annually to discuss bridging the gender gap in technology.

Kyla has already championed her message of cybersecurity resilience on national and international stages including TEDxChicago, NIST’s NICE Conference, CyberSat, RSAC-USA, and RSAC Singapore 2019, as the youngest speaker to walk across the RSA stage. For her work, Kyla has been honored as Crain Chicago’s Top 50 in Tech, a John F. Kennedy Medal of Honor Recipient, a 2018 Global Teen Leader, a 2019 Harvard Book Prize Award winner, and has been named as one of the Top 100 Women Fighting Cybercrime. Kyla is also a freshman at Stanford University pursuing Computer Science and International Relations.

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