KPMG's Women in Cyber Security

Kyle Kappel

Kyle Kappel

Cyber Security Leader, KPMG US

+1 949-431-7359

Video transcript

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.