Our People: Kalpana

Cyber Security Manager, Cyber

Kalpana graduated in Physics and worked in an IT consultancy in India and the UK before completing her Masters in Information Security at Royal Holloway University of London. KPMG hadstrong connections with the university and when Kalpana looked into our career opportunities, she felt our firm would be a good fit for her ambitions.

“One of the factors that influenced my decision to join KPMG was the fact that it has such a strong focus on cyber security. In many organisations, cyber security gets embedded intoother, broader teams like Technology Risk, whereas at KPMG it’s a separate team – and it’s growing.”

“Once I actually started here, I found there were lots of other plus points too. The Partners and the leadership team are all very supportive and welcoming which is a key reason why I stayed on.”

“The firm is very focused on employee development, on diversity and on enabling people to enjoy a good work-life balance. We get six days in a year to get involved in CSR activities, I try to use mine to work with Cyber Champions and KPMG Global Cyber days initiatives that promote online safety in schools.”

“Flexibility helps to shape the culture here. If people are accepted for who they are – for their lives and commitments outside of work – then they’re empowered to be their best when they’re here. We often have three-week or three-month turnaround times and having the flexibility to work remotely can help you focus when you have a very tight deadline.”

“People know the firm is looking out for them, which creates a positive atmosphere all round.”

“We’re constantly innovating in Cyber Security. We ask questions like, how can we make our processes more efficient? How can we add more value to the client? We’re a client-facing team so we need to develop solutions that will meet our clients’ needs in the most optimal ways. It’s vital that we’re always several steps ahead.”

“Within Cyber, there are four different areas, and so far I’ve been part of two of them – Strategy & Transformation and Identity & Access Management. The other two areas are Privacy and Cyber Defence Service. There’s definitely plenty of variety here.”

“One of the things I enjoy about my role and this team is the way we always try to anticipate the future and the cyber security challenges we might face next. It’s about finding new opportunities to help our clients in an ever-evolving and dynamic field.”

“I love the fact that I’m surrounded by so much cyber expertise. It empowers all of us to deliver the very best solutions – solutions that enable our clients to manage their Cyber related risks and help us to achieve industry-wide recognition for what we do.”

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