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M2M Security, the RFID Security Alliance Open Forum topic for 11/9/2011

Contributed by Joanne C. Kelleher

The RFID Security Alliance holds a monthly open forum about topics related to securing radio frequency identification systems. Attendees can dial in or, if in the San Francisco, CA area, attend in person.

November’s topic is M2M Security

Recent developments in cloud-based computing and the introduction of smartphones with onboard AutoID, sensory and data communications capabilities have altered the M2M (Machine-to-Machine) security landscape. M2M and RFID expert Chris Foley will compare and contrast the traditional M2M security model with this new and emerging model.  Foley will discuss several newly-enabled M2M use cases that take advantage of these recent technology developments, while also detailing the corresponding security concerns and points of vulnerability introduced by their use.

Topics covered will include:

  • Traditional and Emerging M2M Security Zones
  • Relevant Encryption and Communications Protocols
  • The Security Implications of NFC (Near Field Communications) and PAN (Personal Area Networks)
  • Security Requirements in Cloud-based M2M Architectures

Presenter Bio: Chris Foley is an Atlanta-based M2M and RFID software industry veteran and consultant. As General Manager of RFID and M2M Technologies at XcelleNet Foley directed the creation of an RFID and sensory middleware platform. Foley also served as Director of Worldwide RFID Solutions at Sybase, where he was a founding member of the RFID Security Alliance.

The Wednesday, 11/9/2011 forum starts at 10 am PT/1 pm ET and will last about 1 hour.

To participate, email She will send you the dial in details and any slides. If you wish to join in person, the physical location is QLM Consulting, Sausalito, CA.

We hope you can join us.

Future events include:

  • Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada), “RFID in Retail”
  • Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada), “Outlook for 2012”

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