In-Depth on NFC

Applications for Near Field Communications are on the rise, but beware of potential security flaws

Denial of service attacks may be attempted via jamming, although intelligent NFC devices may detect such attempts and compensate.

Whether in payment or in security, the use of a secure channel involving encryption and key protocols is a must. HID’s Trusted Identity Platform is such an effort. Given what’s at stake, expect an ongoing game of technical leap-frog between hackers vs. device, application and service providers.

In the end, users will have to maintain their device currency and vigilance.


Ray Coulombe is Founder and Managing Director of, enabling interaction with specifiers in the physical security and ITS markets; and Principal Consultant for Gilwell Technology Services. He can be reached at or through LinkedIn or followed on Twitter at RayCoulombe.