Smartwatches are vulnerable to cyber attacks

Smartwatches are vulnerable to cyber attacks

Matt White, Senior Manager in KPMG's cyber security practice comments on new research on smartwatch security.


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Matt White, Senior Manager in KPMG's cyber security practice comments on new research on smartwatch security. He said:

“With the high profile release of smartwatches in recent months, it was inevitable that security flaws were identified.  As is often the case, consumer demand for new and exciting technologies have far surpassed the implementation of security measures.

“Many of the watches (and other wearable technologies) use ‘device pairing’ along with pin/password to provide authentication, but this alone provides limited protection form a serious assailant. As with many security conversations, the level of security is a recipe of convenience, user experience and security. The final ingredient is the level of awareness of the end user. It would be a fair assumption that for the average consumer the general level of awareness is low, but this begs the question of who should be responsible for the protection of them - should it be the manufacturer or the user themselves?

“The answer isn’t clear, but it’s likely that the ‘bad guys’ won’t be waiting for security to catch up with the current advancements.”


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