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. Read More >
Hacking a Solution to Global Cybercrime | Kyla Guru | TEDxChicago
Tales of a Teenage Security Supergirl
Kyla will teach about protecting yourself online in an era of "Cyber-Insecurity,” giving tips and resources to navigate personal cybersecurity and privacy in the face of the advancing cybersecurity threat landscape. Kyla has spoken to parents about the best practices to protect children online and can speak about threat actors, their motivations, and how vulnerable demographics are targeted not only based on age, but also based on gender and race. In this, for parents, she will share tips on how to start the conversation about your child’s online safety rules and digital citizenship at the dinner table.
Kyla uses her unique perspective of going through the education system to talk about what she sees for the future of cybersecurity education for youth, and, of course, strategies on how your organization can make radical change in securing the pipeline and our future. For educators, Kyla will share a “toolkit” for sparking interdisciplinary conversation about cybersecurity and privacy in your classroom, and fostering the ongoing culture of ethics and accountability that comes with the conversation. Kyla will focus on why cybersecurity is such a high-impact area and how “gen-zennials” are well fit to meet future cybersecurity workforce needs.
As the cofounder of Chicago’s largest youth Women in Technology conference, Kyla can share critical insights from her leadership of GirlCon Chicago with educators, administrators, and parents in a panel-type forum, roundtable discussion, or individual speech. From here, she will help the audience unpack what is needed to increase retention of young women not only in technology and STEM, but also in cybersecurity.
Kyla can speak to student groups, educators, or professionals about engaging with students from Generation Z and the priorities and motives of the generation. For students, Kyla uses classroom narratives and studies to redefine what privacy and cybersecurity means to young people today: thus, we can begin to unlock more engagement and attention in classrooms. Kyla can also share her story of social entrepreneurship beginning at age 14, and her unique perspective on societal leadership.
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