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KPMG Global Cyber Day: promoting cyber literacy for youth through global schools initiative

KPMG holds inaugural Global Cyber Day for Youth

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On Friday, 27th October, KPMG International held its Inaugural Global Cyber Day across 28 countries and jurisdictions. This community initiative reached more than 25,000 students and helped them to understand internet and cyber risk through classroom discussions focusing on personal data, social media, cyber bullying, and online gaming. The sessions were led by KPMG cyber security professionals from across the globe.

“The 3R's we learned in school have become the 4R's, with risk now being a critical addition to the curriculum for youth around the world,” said Akhilesh Tuteja, Co-Leader, Global Cyber Security Services, KPMG International. “Arming vulnerable youth with the knowledge they need to make better online choices to help keep them cyber safe is paramount in today's digitally-driven world.”

October is International Cyber Security Awareness Month in many countries around the world and is widely acknowledged by government, business, private sector and educational bodies.

“Cyber security and data privacy are impacting societies at large and have fast become another key facet of responsible corporate citizenship,” said Lord Dr. Michael Hastings, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship, KPMG International. “We are applying our cyber security skills, expertise, passion and resources to educate local communities in the hope of keeping them safer.”

Cyber security awareness is more critical now than ever before for all, but it is particularly so for youth who are often the most vulnerable.

  • According to a global survey by DoSomething.org, over 80 percent of teens use a cell phone regularly and nearly 43 percent of kids have been bullied online. 
  • Ditch the Label, one of the largest anti-bullying organizations in the world conducted a study of more than 10,000 youths in the UK that revealed 24 percent of those bullied said they had their private information shared online and 27 percent had photos and videos shared against their will. 
  • The Center for Cyber Safety and Education, a not-for-profit organization, conducted research with US children in grades 4-8 that revealed 21 percent are visiting sites where they can chat with strangers and 62 percent went to adult websites after internet searches.

Greg Bell, Co-Leader, Global Cyber Security Services, KPMG International said, “Raising awareness about vital cyber security and safety behaviors continues to be one of the biggest challenges for parents and educators. We are proud to contribute to this important discussion.”

About KPMG International

KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 152 countries and have 189,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

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