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RFID SECURITY…No Worries?

Let’s say you work for the Federal Government in the Revenue Cabinet and you have access to some of the most personal information in the world, social security numbers, addresses, names and etc…The government hands you a new state-of-the-art ID badge that has the newest RFID chip available which allows you and only you to access this information, it tracks your actions, and gives warnings of any type of breach of confidentiality. Sounds pretty good, right?

But should you worry about hackers and those that know how to over-mind the system, can they even over-mind the system? That’s the question being raised among many researchers regarding the RFID security systems.

There is no doubt that the use of RFID labels on food products and other items in your local Wal-Mart would make the manager’s and store employee’s jobs easier. With one simple switch an entire inventory can be made within the store and no more wondering when and what to order at any given time. And most likely, the threat of an infringement on these RFID labels is far and few. But in the case of ID batches, passports, and even medical records, the sense that nothing is sacred is a pretty scary thought.

One of the major problems with RFID security is the cost, although, this state-of-the-art technology is great and can track and limit countless hours of work; it is expensive. And just as with anything, the more secure and the best of the best- cost lots of money. Ask yourself this question, is your employer, your drug store, your government ready to spend billions of dollars on not only the initial implementation of the RFID system, but the security needed to protect their investment?