Monica Saraf is a rising sophomore cybersecurity undergrad student at Purdue University. She interned at NASA during the summer of 2019, 2020, and 2021 working on analyzing and recommending cybersecurity tools as well as developing cloud security architecture for the Space Communications and Navigation division. Her latest project focuses on securing satellite communication and implementing cloud services in order to assist human space flight missions and ensure that astronauts are constantly connected with command centers. She also interned part-time at Sterling, VA cybersecurity firm Blue Cloak and helped develop cybersecurity lab kits for high schoolers in her area during the summers of 2018, 2019, and 2020. Monica is a CompTIA Security+ certified author, speaker, and advocate for women and girls in technology with aspirations to become a cyber specialist in medical devices and procedures. In 2015, her team was the National Champion team for the Air Force Association's National Youth Cyber Defense Competition called CyberPatriot. She was the only girl on the team at the and has graduated to the platinum high school division since. From 2016-2019, she trained over 100 students for the competition and led multiple all-girls teams to the top 1% of all competing teams. She has appeared on ABC, CBS, Fox News, and News Channel 8 where she has spoken about cybersecurity and its importance in today's society. In March of 2015, she was invited to the White House Science Fair as an honored guest. She has been a panel member at Women in Technology's (WIT) and Pink Space Theory. Monica has won awards at high school hackathons including those at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) and Bishop Ireton where she has won the Best Web App award, Best Use of Google Cloud, and Best Use of Cisco Webex awards. She has participated in and won NASA competitions including the SCaN-ARISS Innovation Bootcamp and Challenge. Monica also runs another non-profit called CyberSmart Now, which focuses solely on cybersecurity awareness and teaching others. She is a published author of a book filled with cyber tips for students called "CyberSmarts for Students." Monica was also awarded WIT's Miss Inspiration 2019 award for her work with CyberPatriot at TJHSST. When she's not doing things related to cybersecurity, you will most likely find her dancing. She is an active member of Purdue's nationally-ranked competitive Indian classical fusion dance team, Aharya.
Nominated for the Women in Technology Miss Inspiration Award 2019
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