While Yusuf is cooking dinner, he gets a text alert on his phone informing him that his identity was used on a mortgage application. He's asked to confirm whether he applied for the mortgage or not. He texts the words "fraudulent activity" and when prompted, he confirms his identity using his phone. Moments later, his identity is verified and the fraudulent mortgage application is cancelled. He returns to boiling potatoes.

It's a scenario that could soon be playing out in kitchens across Canada when digital identification becomes a reality for all Canadians. It's also one of the many compelling stories in Beyond: A KPMG Cyber Podcast.

The four-part audio series breaks new ground in corporate storytelling by featuring insights from KPMG in Canada partners weaved together with doses of suspense and real-life dramatizations of how digital ID will work in the future.

"This is not your average podcast. It reels you in with compelling anecdotes, and keeps you engaged with multi-faceted discussions with thought leaders who have different perspectives on Canada's digital ID future," says Hartaj Nijjar, Partner and National Leader in Cyber Security at KPMG in Canada.

"By the end of the series, listeners will understand how digital ID could be used to empower citizens, enhance privacy, reduce identity fraud and streamline business processes. Most of all, it vividly illustrates how life will be easier in a digitally-enabled future."

Beyond explores the potential of digital ID and features cameos from KPMG partners who specialize in digital ID, cyber security and technology risk, customer experience and privacy.

Episode One

  • Imraan Bashir, National Public Sector Cyber Leader explains how Digital ID will empower and make life easier for Canadians while improving inclusion and equity
  • Katie Bolla, GTA Consumer and Retail Industry Lead discusses the key considerations for making digital ID consumer-friendly

Episode Two

  • Erik Berg, Partner, Technology Risk Consulting explains why businesses, governments and users all play a role in safeguarding user identity from cyber criminals
  • Yassir Bellout, Partner, Advisory Services, Cyber Security describes how to lower the risk of cyber hacks, prevent identity theft and make the transition to digital ID safe

Episode Three

  • Marc Chaput, Cyber Security Advisory Partner in Identity and Access Management discusses the use cases for digital ID for businesses and other organizations
  • Sylvia Kingsmill, KPMG's Global Cyber Privacy Leader weighs in on digital ID user privacy and how businesses should manage and protect personal data

Episode Four

  • Imraan, Katie, Marc, Sylvia, Yassir and Erik discuss what consumers, businesses and governments can do to prepare for a digital ID-enabled future

"There are many misconceptions about what digital ID is and isn't. For Canadians who are unsure about how digital ID will impact them, and for businesses that are thinking about their role in the digital ID eco-system, this podcast is a must-listen," says Imraan Bashir, National Public Sector Cyber Leader, KPMG in Canada.

Beyond can be streamed on Apple iTunes, Spotify, Google and more.

About KPMG in Canada

KPMG LLP, a limited liability partnership, is a full-service Audit, Tax and Advisory firm owned and operated by Canadians. For over 150 years, our professionals have provided consulting, accounting, auditing, and tax services to Canadians, inspiring confidence, empowering change, and driving innovation. Guided by our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Courage, Together, For Better, KPMG employs more than 10,000 people in over 40 locations across Canada, serving private- and public-sector clients. KPMG is consistently ranked one of Canada's top employers and one of the best places to work in the country.

The firm is established under the laws of Ontario and is a member of KPMG's global organization of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International, a private English company limited by guarantee. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such. For more information, see home.kpmg/ca.

For media inquiries:

Roula Meditskos
National Communications and Media Relations
KPMG in Canada
(416) 416-549-7982