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NCF Receives Gula Tech Foundation "Data Care" Grant - May 2021

The National Cryptologic Foundation is thrilled to report we have been selected by the Gula Tech Foundation as the third place recipient of their Data Care Grant. The awards were announced virtually on 20 May 2021, and the Gula Tech Foundation's official press release is included below. You can also learn more about their Data Care work via their website.

We are very grateful to receive this generous grant that recognizes our cyber education efforts, and that will allow us to establish effective means and channels for communicating the "Data Care" message to the masses, especially those in underrepresented groups.

The Gula Tech Foundation Announces Winners of $1 Million Data Care Grant Round at RSAC 2021

Winners Encompass Nonprofits Raising Public Awareness About Cybersecurity

Columbia, MD ‒ May 20, 2021 -- Gula Tech Foundation, a nonprofit focused on awarding $1,000,000 in competitive grants to cybersecurity nonprofits several times each year, announced today, in conjunction with RSAC 2021, the winners of its Data Care themed competitive grant program. This competitive grant focuses on non-profits committed to broaden the cybersecurity industry to be more inclusive and increase personal responsibility for data.

“The issue of Data Care is one of the many reasons we launched and founded The Gula Tech Foundation. General population awareness of cybersecurity issues is foundational to our fight against threat actors,” said Ron & Cyndi Gula, Co-founders of The Gula Tech Foundation. “The winning nonprofits and runners-up truly are fielding this very difficult mission of raising public awareness and doing so in ways that involve the entire community.”


First Place: $250,000 ● University of Texas at San Antonio: The Center for Infrastructure Assurance & Security (CIAS) at The University of Texas at San Antonio is committed to creating a culture of cybersecurity through a comprehensive K-12 Cybersecurity Program.

Second Place: $200,000 ● Cybercrime Support Network: As the leading U.S. voice for cybercrime victims, Cybercrime Support Network (CSN) services those affected by cybercrime before, during and after the incident. The organization connects victims to resources, increases cybercrime reporting and empowers digital citizens to defend against cybercrime.

Third Place: $150,000 ● National Cryptologic Foundation: For 25 years, the National Cryptologic Foundation (NCF) has significantly raised awareness of the Cryptologic Communities. The NCF provides free cyber education resources for K-20 cohorts and stimulates conversation regarding data care.

“Congratulations to the winners of the Gula Tech Foundation’s ‘Data Care’ grant,” said Britta Glade, Senior Director of Content & Curation for RSA Conference, and Gula Tech Foundation Board Member. “It was an amazing pool of applicants and we’re honored that the Gula Tech Foundation chose the RSA Conference to announce the winners. We are proud to share the same dedication to inclusivity and personal responsibility for data care and are excited for our ongoing work with the Gula Tech Foundation. We look forward to seeing how the nonprofits selected today continue to work to expand the exposure of cybersecurity to all.”

This grant process includes four runners-up, each receiving $100,000, including: Partners in Care Maryland, Inc., One in Tech, an ISACA Foundation, National Cyber Center, and Theorem Media Inc.,

“This recognition from The Gula Tech Foundation is further validation that our organization is committed to spreading knowledge around cybersecurity and cyber issues to youth. We are honored to be recognized for our devotion and work in this area,” said Larry Sjelin, Chief of Staff, The Center for Infrastructure Assurance & Security (CIAS) at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

The Gula Tech Foundation will announce a new competitive grant later this year.

About Gula Tech Adventures

Founded by cybersecurity entrepreneurs Ron and Cyndi Gula, Gula Tech Adventures invests in companies and nonprofits that help close the gap in needed technology and workforce to defend the country in cyberspace. They work directly with cybersecurity startups, investment funds and nonprofit organizations. Since 2017, the Gula’s have made more than 40 investments in cybersecurity startups like Automox, Cybrary, Huntress and Scythe, cybersecurity funds including Inner Loop Capital, DataTribe and Forgepoint Capital, and also supported cybersecurity nonprofits like Defending Digital Campaigns and


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