NFC Technology Center Stage at RSA 2012

March 9, 2012 by David Mahdi     No Comments

Having just returned from RSA Conference 2012, I spent a great deal of time in and around the Moscone Center. I encountered a few point-of-sale (POS) terminals that were equipped with NFC readers. More specifically, the readers that were intended for use with Google Wallet. I even demoed for Entrust our latest in mobile security utilizing NFC.

While they aren’t everywhere yet, it’s safe to expect they will be in the near future. If you haven’t read it already, GigaOm posted a great article, “NFC to reach $74 billion in transactions by 2015,” on Juniper’s latest research.A pretty staggering number either way you slice it.

From an IT perspective, it’s safe to expect that all, not some, of your consumerized mobile devices will come equipped with NFC technology. With all of that money on the table, mobile handset vendors will be equipping their phones with NFC chipsets. While this technology is focused on the consumer first, it can also be leveraged in a corporate IT environment.

How? NFC may be used for physical building access (i.e., replacing building access badges) and for strong authentication.

Get ready. Mobile devices are going to replace your credit cards, OTP tokens, building access badges … and maybe more.


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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