As major financial institutions began to show interest in blockchain earlier this year, many were vocal in their praise for ethereum, a public blockchain-based platform for decentralized application development.
But as has been illustrated by high-profile issues such as the collapse of The DAO and the recent contentious hard fork, the second most popular public blockchain platform is still showing signs of growing pains, ones that could lead to new questions of its underlying technology despite enterprise interest.
However, KPMG US blockchain lead Eamonn Maguire says he doesn’t believe enterprise clients see the events as an impediment to progress for the industry at large.
While he acknowledges events like the DAO collapse and the hard fork could create poor market optics, he said it hasn’t yet happened as a result of recent events with ethereum. Rather, Maguire said KPMG sees the issues as learning experiences, as well as indications that more attention needs to be given to the security of private blockchain projects.
“We see it as a step in the evolution of blockchain that reminds people of the kinds of security solutions that need to be built.”
Specifically, Maguire said this means developing better standards on how blockchain data is secured and accessed, including potentially applying more conventional or previously tested protocols for use in blockchain environments.
Maguire went on to stress that it perhaps remains too early to tell what specific issues were at play and how future projects implementing similar concepts can be improved.
However, Maguire said that the ethereum platform “is not in question”, while stating that any client relationships have not been impacted by these events.
“I see it as more of a hiccup. It’s one that I wish had not occurred, [but] we’re not seeing it have impact in market confidence,” he said.
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