Near-Field Communication (NFC): Introduction

October 31, 2011 by David Mahdi     No Comments

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Consumerization & NFC

By now, most consumers are enjoying the benefits of mobile devices. Or, for a select few, they’re pulling their hair out trying to manage an untold number of mobile devices in an enterprise network. Either way, I think we all agree that mobile devices are here to stay. As time passes, these devices will accumulate more features and functions. And many people believe one specifically, near-field communication (NFC), could be disruptive to established security deployments.

Over next few weeks I will post blog entries defining the technology, its applications and the impact on the enterprise (or organizations). The goal of the series is to educate people on NFC and why it will benefit consumers and organizations. Since this is the first posting on the topic, I’ll start from scratch and define NFC and outline reasons enterprises should care about yet another technology standard.

Stay tuned!

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Entrust senior product manager David Mahdi specializes in Entrust’s mobile and cloud security solutions. He is an experienced IT security professional with more than 10 years in IT security, software engineering and product management. David played a key role in shaping Entrust’s mobile strategy, which included mobile authentication, strong mobile identity, mobile device management and mobile devices in the national ID/ePassport space. David spends most of his time conducting research on the mobile and cloud market, as well as conducting seminars on IT security. Prior to Entrust, David was a product strategist at Sophos, where he led efforts to increase Sophos' presence in the gateway security space. He is a well-versed information security professional for PKI, SSL, mobile, cloud, NFC, PACS/LACS, gateway security (Web/Email), malware, encryption and network security.

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