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KPMG provided cyber literacy training for 80,000 youth in 45 countries in 2nd annual program

KPMG provide cyber literacy training for 80,000 youth

Philip Whitmore - KPMG NZ - Partner

Partner - Cyber Security

KPMG in New Zealand


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6 November 2018 – For the second year running, KPMG cyber security professionals from 45 countries around the world led classroom sessions aimed at educating young students about the importance of cyber security and Internet risk. The sessions were held during October, which is known as International Cyber Security Awareness Month.

“Recognising the importance of youth in our community, our cyber security team visited schools throughout the country to lead discussions around being safe online.” said Philip Whitmore, who leads KPMG’s Cyber Security Services practice in New Zealand. “As part of our focus on fuelling the prosperity of New Zealand, it provided a great opportunity for us to engage with the students and share our knowledge.”

Given the tremendous success of the inaugural KPMG Cyber Day initiative held on a single day last October, this year KPMG expanded the program to make every Friday in October a KPMG Cyber Day. This enabled KPMG to reach even more students with cyber lessons developed by KPMG’s Global Cyber Security Practice.

“Global CEOs we’ve interviewed for our latest CEO Outlook, and those I speak with recognise the critical role they play in their businesses being cyber secure,” said Bill Thomas, Global Chairman, KPMG. “Cyber security can no longer simply be left to the IT department, smart businesses know every employee has to be digital now and alert to the dangers. We all play a role in helping to ensure the business leaders of tomorrow are cyber safe. That’s why I’m tremendously proud of the program our people have delivered in classrooms all around the world.”

In a digital age where many young people are logging long hours of screen-time, it is critical that government bodies, parents, teachers, organisations and industry experts all work together to arm them with the information they need to stay safe online and offline.

  • According to the Children’s Internet Study, conducted by The Centre for Cyber Safety and Education, 40 percent of kids have connected or chatted with a stranger online; with 53 percent of those kids having revealed their phone number to a stranger.
  • Alarmingly, the same study found that those admit to chatting with strangers online, 11 percent met with a stranger and 6 percent revealed their home address.

“Our global approach to citizenship prioritises Quality Education and Lifelong Learning in line with the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Lord Dr. Michael Hastings, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship, KPMG. “The more we do today to collectively advance the competence and knowledge of today’s youth on cyber security, the better we can prepare these future leaders to meet tomorrow's challenges and be part of the confident digital future.”

You can follow the conversation @KPMG on Twitter and LinkedIn using the hashtag: #CyberSafe


For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Philip Whitmore
Partner, KPMG Cyber
Ph: 021654846 Email:

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