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RFID will fulfill or fail on the promise of information management

Contributed by Joanne Kelleher In the post “Congress approves FDA Bill with section for Pharmaceutical Security” I made a passing comment about the need to address the database management issues related to ePedigree. As someone who spent part of her previous career working on data warehousing and management reporting systems, I have a deep appreciation for…
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Ask me about potato chips, not RFID chips

Contributed by Joanne Kelleher  CNET has a blog entry by reporter Anne Broache that I found both funny and sad.  Here is a summary: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Ralph Basham spoke at a recent event called “RFID Solutions: Securing the Commerce of Tomorrow” which was sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Congress and several…
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Is Your RFID System Under Attack?

Contributed by Louis Parks  You might not realize it, but as you read this, someone, somewhere is likely thinking of how to attack your RFID network. According to the recently published “Emerging Cyber Threats Report for 2008” from the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC), it is only a matter of time.  The report says…
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Congress approves FDA Bill with section for Pharmaceutical Security

Posted by Joanne C. Kelleher  Late last week Congress sent to the White House H.R.3580.  The full title of this legislation is “To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise and extend the user-fee programs for prescription drugs and for medical devices, to enhance the postmarket authorities of the Food and Drug Administration with…
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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words – The Current State of RFID Security

Contributed by Joanne Kelleher  I ran across this photo labeled “The Current State of RFID Security” and it made me laugh. I hope you enjoy it too. If you can.t make it out, there is an access control gate in the middle of the road, but there are no fences or barriers connected to the gate.…
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See No Evil

Contributed by Joanne Kelleher Over the past week, there have been two presentations about hacking RFID, followed by silence from the RFID industry. Computer security expert Lukas Grunwald cloned and manipulated the content of a German RFID passport, then used the hacked e-Passport to crash the machine needed to read it.  Grunwald discussed the vulnerability…
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With Experts Like This, Who Needs Critics

Contributed by Joanne C. Kelleher I ran across an article in the June/July 2007 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive called RFID Security: Retail and Beyond – A look at the challenges posed by radio frequency identification technology at the store level and in the warehouse. http://www.sdcexec.com/print/Supply-and-Demand-Chain-Executive/RFID-Security–Retail-and-Beyond/1$9700 It was written by Judith M. Myerson,…
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Radio Frequency ID Devices in Humans

Contributed by Joanne Kelleher  The American Medical Association recently issued a report called Radio Frequency ID Devices in Humans. Various media outlets have picked up on this report and it is interesting to see that the articles related to it have ranged from positive (Verichip’s press release) to balanced (Computerworld) to negative (policy advocates).  One of…
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Getting Personal to Prevent Banning RFID isn't the only option

 Contributed by Joanne Kelleher Louis Sirico from RFID Wizards wrote a good article about pending RFID legislation in California called Getting Personal to Prevent Banning RFID.  He discussed how one word is all that stands between balanced legislation and unnecessary outlawing of RFID in Senate Bill #28 and Senate Bill #29.  Read his article at http://www.rfidwizards.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=169&Itemid=1. Unfortunately,…
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Keeping the Secrets: RFID Vendors Look to Cryptography for Anti-Counterfeiting

Even as the pharma industry gets its arms around RFID for product security, the next level of secure data – cryptography – is arriving.  Pharmaceutical Commerce – May 2007  issue “If the pharmaceutical industry wants to use RFID just as a carrier of an ID number, why not just stick with barcode? says SecureRF’s Parks. There…
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