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2023-2024 STRAUSS SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT
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KYLA GURU
 STANFORD UNIVERSITY 

Project Title: Secure India: Spreading Digital Safety Education and Awareness for National Resilience

I founded Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education Corp. (BNBCE) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is dedicated to educating and equipping all vulnerable populations with the cybersecurity personal risk mitigation skills needed for the future of technology. Since its founding in 2016, BNBCE has educated 20,000+ students across the United States and the world in topics including password protection, encryption, data privacy, email safety, and more. This proposed project is a grassroots effort to transform our pilot project in India (impacting 3 schools and 200 students) into repeatable, sustainable programs in India that empower students to adopt security-based approaches every day. We have identified multiple regions with high potential and high interest in adopting increased K-12 curriculum: Tamil Nadu (Chennai, Thoothukudi), Mumbai, and Kerala. India also presents of immense geostrategic importance to the United States, and the United States has proven to be a key partner to this region in supporting regional stability, promoting energy security, and enhancing economic prosperity in the region. Increasing diplomatic engagement in the region will proactively empower a “human firewall,” and strengthen the sovereignty of these regions in achieving economic independence in cyber.

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