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Combatting RFID Security Risks

DC Velocity

November 17, 2015
Written by Dr. Mario Vaccari, faculty member, Transportation and Logistics Management American Public University

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology has become popular in global supply chain operations, but not without risk. Pairing long-range readers with scannable RFID tags presents an opportunity for unauthorized scanning by malicious readers and to various other attacks, including cloning attacks. In addition, many of the tags remain with products after they reach customers, presenting security threats to consumers.

Several security measures have been implemented to reduce the risk of attacks in global supply chains and to combat the issue of consumers’ increasing privacy concerns. Some of these security measures include XOR Operation, mutual authentication protocol, random hash-lock protocol, and RIPTA-DA RFID authentication protocol.


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