KPMG International named Sylvia Klasovec Kingsmill as its Global Cyber Privacy Leader, a global leadership role that reflects KPMG's commitment to privacy alongside cybersecurity as a priority area.
Ms. Kingsmill, a lawyer by profession, is KPMG in Canada's National Privacy, Regulatory & Information Management (PRIM) Lead, specializing in privacy and information management. With over 15 years' experience providing strategic, risk-based privacy and data management advice to private and public sector clients, she has advised on some of the most high-profile data breaches in Canada and transformed corporate compliance and privacy programs across the country.
In her global role, Ms. Kingsmill will oversee and build a global cyber privacy team.
"Sylvia will be responsible for setting and executing the firm's strategic direction in privacy, ensuring that it remains relevant to our clients' complex and evolving needs," says Akhilesh Tuteja, Global Cyber Security Practice Leader and Partner, KPMG in India.
"I am honoured to represent KPMG member firms globally to bring together many of the best minds within our cyber network to help our clients digitize and modernize their privacy programs through innovative data solutions," Ms. Kingsmill says.
In addition to her experience at KPMG in Canada, Ms. Kingsmill has held roles with the Information Privacy Commissioner's Office. She also served as an advisor to the Canadian government's Roundtable Consultations on its National Digital Strategy, and as a special advisor to the International Council on Global Privacy by Design, advising on artificial intelligence (AI), Big Data and Ethics by Design. She currently serves as the Canadian Head of Delegation for ISO 37100 Privacy by Design, and her current focus is on modernizing Privacy Programs through automation and Privacy by Design engineering approaches.
Ms. Kingsmill's appointment comes at a key moment in a global digital shift. Cyberattacks are on the rise globally, and cybersecurity is considered the third-greatest threat to company growth, according to KPMG's most recent Global CEO Outlook Survey. With more daily activities and interactions occurring online, citizens are sharing more personal data with governments, businesses, and other institutions than ever before, and privacy is a growing concern for consumers and businesses worldwide. Consumers are increasingly interested and concerned about how their data is being used, and organizations are being held to higher standards on data collection and stricter privacy laws around the world that emulate the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the EU. Ms. Kingsmill's training in privacy law and experience in operationalizing privacy requirements under regulatory scrutiny makes her uniquely positioned to help KPMG's global clients navigate the complex and evolving privacy landscape.
"For many organizations, data is at the heart of every major strategic decision and investment, so this is a great opportunity to have conversations with clients about embedding privacy and security, by default, into those decisions they moment they are made," Ms. Kingsmill says.
"As more digital identity programs are rolled over the next few years, privacy will be paramount for governments, citizens and businesses. Public trust and transparency will be crucial for every digital interaction and transaction, so organizations will need to build privacy and cybersecurity into their foundation."
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