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Kyla Guru      

CEO of Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education & GirlCon Conferences; Gen Z Cybersecurity Leader & Social Entrepreneur

Kyla Guru is the Founder/CEO of Bits N' Bytes Cybersecurity Education, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to educating and equipping all vulnerable populations with the cybersecurity education and awareness needed to face our future of advanced cyberthreats. For the past five years, Guru has led her organization in distributing curriculum to 500+ schools and fostered partnerships with school districts, corporations like Facebook, Verizon Media, & IBM, and educational organizations like ISACA's One in Tech in order to spark international dialogue about security.

Guru has championed this message of cybersecurity resilience across national and international stages including TEDxChicago, NIST’s NICE Conference, RSAC-USA, and RSAC Singapore. Additionally, noticing the gender imbalance in cybersecurity, she also became the cofounder of GirlCon Conference, Chicago’s premiere tech conference that unites 700+ industry professionals and students annually to discuss bridging the gender gap in tech. For her groundbreaking work in security and technology, Guru has been honored as a JFK Medal of Honor Winner, Crain Chicago’s Top 50 in Tech, an ISACA Inspirational Leader, a Global Teen Leader, and a Harvard Book Prize Award winner. Guru is also a sophomore at Stanford University, studying Computer Science and International Security, and while she’s not coding, she can be found golfing, reading poetry, and sipping bubble tea.

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