Together with its UK-based partner Immersive Labs, KPMG is opening Switzerland’s first cyberacademy and giving free access to all students at Swiss universities and universities of applied sciences.
For many Swiss companies, the risk of cyberattacks and data theft is now part of their day-to-day lives and the country needs to train many more experts of its own – people who will be familiar with the multifarious kinds of cyber-risks and know how to tackle them.
KPMG is making an important contribution in this area and is investing in the next generation of cyberspecialists and thus, over the long term, in Switzerland itself as a training and business hub.
KPMG Switzerland has joined forces with UK-based cybersecurity firm Immersive Labs to launch the Digital Cyber Academy (DCA).
With this innovative partnership, KPMG is making a cloud-based cybertraining and assessment platform available for free to all Swiss universities and universities of applied sciences as well as using the tool in-house to train its own cyberexperts.
Users of the DCA are immersed in virtual cyberlabs and presented with a variety of challenges taken from real life. In doing so, they aim to hone their own skills in dealing with cyber-risks in a targeted way and lay important foundations for their future career in the cyberworld.
No fewer than 365 universities and universities of applied sciences in Australia, the UK, Canada, Singapore and the US are already using the innovative platform successfully to continuously improve their students’ abilities in cybersecurity and defence and give them attractive career prospects.
The cyberacademy – adding value to Switzerland as a training and business hub
KPMG Switzerland is the first Swiss firm to integrate the DCA into its own recruitment process. Students who master the challenges confronting them will, among other things, have the chance of a highly promising career in KPMG’s cybersecurity team.
How well they perform in the DCA exercises sheds light on a participant’s skills profile and indicates what roles and responsibilities a potential candidate would be suited to before they have even been for an initial interview.
“With the Digital Cyber Academy, Switzerland as a training and business hub will benefit from the next generation of experts who can deal confidently with increasingly complex cyber-risks. Ultimately, this added value will be a boon to Swiss companies,” explains Matthias Bossardt, Head of Cyber Security at KPMG Switzerland.
He added: “Users who successfully complete the DCA programme will significantly enhance their cyberskills, opening the doors to some promising career opportunities in cybersecurity and defence.”