Commenting on news that Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Retail have revealed plans for a £3.7 billion merger, Wil Rockall, a director in KPMG’s cyber security team, says:
“From your fridge to your phone, we live in a world where intelligent devices are becoming more adept at ‘talking’ to each other. It makes sense to think about the dependencies these devices have on each other - and from the consumers’ point of view, what this means if there is a glitch in the system, or if criminals could subvert these capabilities for their own ends. Put simply, connected devices need a connected service – but they need to know it will be secure.
“Whilst today’s news should mean consumers benefit from pooled expertise, some will also wonder whether the impact of bringing so many connected devices under one roof will mean data about the way they live their lives is more easily accessible and less easily forgotten. Either way, it’ll be exciting to see what comes out of the plans and it’ll certainly give people a different perspective on their fridge.”
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