Women in Cyber
Women in Cyber
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Women in Cyber

Promoting female Cyber Security Services professionals

In 2014, KPMG’s Cyber Security Services practice created the Women in Cyber community. Recognizing that historically, women made up only 11% of the workforce in Cyber Security industry, we have taken the steps to build a proactive plan to increase participation of women in the cyber security and technology spaces to the benefit of our clients, the firm, and the future careers of aspiring female leaders.  

With the vision of making KPMG Cyber Security Services the clear choice for women pursuing a consulting career in cybersecurity, we hope to promote both personal and professional growth, cultivate the next generation of female leaders, increase awareness of women in cyber, and support local communities.

Through commitment, inclusiveness, collaboration, perseverance, innovation, and the spirit of paying it forward, KPMG is the clear choice for your career.  

KPMG’s Women in Cyber Security

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KPMG, over its 100 year plus history has been, I think one of the pillars in the community around embracing change and also empowering diversity across all levels within our organization.  And we look at technology jobs, such as, cyber security, traditionally, what you have seen is that’s been a male-dominated industry.  And when you think about the problems that we’re solving for our clients today, requiring different skills, capabilities, backgrounds, and points of view, it really requires a much more diverse set of skills to bring to the table.

We’ve recognized we want to attract and retain women into KPMG to work in cyber security.  And to do that, we need to really be proactive in how we support the women who work within the practice.  So we have the Women of Cyber network that was established a few years ago, that brings together all of the women who work within the practice.  There’s a council that sits at the top of the Women in Cyber network that provides the kind of structure of making sure that the network continues to support the women who work within the practice. 

I think the opportunity for us to get together, to talk, to be open about the challenges, but, also about the opportunities that we have and to continue to upgrade our skills.  I think those are the things that I love about KPMG, that we have those spaces for us to do that.

It’s here to empower women and to connect them with each other, so that they can hear about women who are going through the same things that they’re going through.  For example, we’ve had moms come on and talk about being a parent and also being a woman in cyber. 

We have set up support networks for working moms.  We have coached and mentored each other through challenging situations.  We established a network of sisterhood, really.  And to me, this is the most valuable part of what we do.  We’re there for one another. 

This is truly what differentiates KPMG, because the kind of mentorship, coaching, and sponsorship support you get, because you are able to learn from people who’ve been in similar situations like these before.  And they’re out there wanting to help you.  And I am what I am today, because of the people I work with, observing them, how they operate, how they deliver, how they face a challenging situation, and how they go through the thinking process. 

A lot of women have had a lot of experience within KPMG.  And to just talk to them and get their perspective, and get their mentorship really helps.

That makes a difference.  Every job that you’re going to have is going to have its pros and its cons.  But, when you can find a place with a really great culture that allows you, with the flexibility to have the lifestyle that you want, as well as to do great things with great people, that’s really really great, and you don’t want to let that go.


KPMG’s Women in Cyber are ...

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KPMG’s Women of Cyber are highly motivated and passionate professionals.

KPMG’s Women of Cyber are dynamic.  Intelligent, caring.  Determined, and resilient, and capable.

Critical to our success as a cybersecurity practice, and as a firm.

KPMG Women of Cyber are the past, the present, and the future.

KPMG’s Women of Cyber are strong, amazing, ambitious, and awesome.


What makes KPMG’s Cyber Security Services people special

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Our engagement teams become our family and naturally, you begin to care.

It’s a community, I feel like it’s more the people, they actually value you.

We care a lot about people, which basically draws people in.

And the people around you make you feel that way, that this is where you belong.

People really wanted to help me and see me succeed.

We collaborate to find solutions.

We need to bring the best and brightest to our clients every single day.

When you can find a place with a really great culture that allows you to do great things with great people, you don’t want to let that go.


How KPMG’s Cyber Security Services integrates women

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We want to retain our women, we want to attract and retain women into KPMG to work in Cyber Security.

In order to bring the most value to our clients, we need to have a much more balanced perspective.

It’s a fresh approach to the market itself.

KPMG has a really strong women group that are actually there for you.

We definitely support each other, it’s part of our cultural DNA.

There is a wonderful sense of flexibility, and it’s really supported by the Firm.

The women are recognized for the work that they do just as the men are.

I think those are the things that I love about KPMG, that we have those spaces for us to do that.


Empowering women in Cyber by committee

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Women in Cyber is really designed to empower and raise the next generation of our women in the profession.

We recognize there are some very specific challenges potentially for women in the workplace at KPMG and in the practice.  And so we’ve done a couple of key things.  I think the most notable is the creation of the affinity group called KPMG Women in Cyber.

It is a community designed to support one another as we continue to grow personally and professionally.

It’s here to empower women and to connect them with each other, so they can hear about women that are going through the same things that they’re going through.

When I joined Cyber there weren’t that many of us ten years ago, and we reached out to each other and said, how can we work together?  How can we support one another and bounce ideas?  And little by little, what started out as a very small group of casual conversations, grew into this powerful community.

We meet regularly in terms of planning from a committee perspective, and then regular calls with all of the women that work within the Cyber practice.

That group gets together on a frequent basis, brings in external speakers, various other folks from leadership, and talks about specific issues that are facing women in KPMG and in the Cyber practice as consultants who need to travel, and maybe they have responsibilities at home that they need to take care.  How do they balance those work life challenges that may be unique in their situations.

We have set up support networks for working moms, we have coached and mentored each other through challenging situations.  We established a network of sisterhood really, and to me, this is the most valuable part of what we do.  We are there for one another.

It’s a great forum for bringing everyone together, and making sure that everybody has a voice.

For example, we’ve had moms come on and talk about being a parent and also being a women in Cyber.  Because that’s something that a lot of the women in our group can relate to.  And then also, just to make our presence known across all of KPMG and in the rest of the community.

I think what’s been critically important is to highlight some skills and experiences that our women have brought to the table.  I think we’ve got some tremendous innovation that has occurred, and has been led by a number of women in our practice and brought new thinking, new ideas, new ways to connect with our clients.

Mainly it’s having that kind of network where you can go to and connect with other females within cyber network.

It was really helpful and great because I saw the passion that everyone had within Cyber Security, and how they were talking to each other, and helping each other.

There’s nothing better than to see someone who joined the Firm as an Associate going this year for MD panel discussions.  And that is the true testament of the support by the Firm, by the community, and also their perseverance.

Give us a call, that’s it, join us.