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IBM Develops NFC Authentication Technology

The technology is designed to protect NFC-based mobile transactions from hackers.

IBM announced it has developed a new mobile payments authentication security technology based on near-field communication(NFC) technology.

According to IBM, a user engaging in a mobile transaction would hold a contactless smartcard next to the NFC reader of the mobile device and after keying in their PIN, a one-time code would be generated by the card and sent to the server by the mobile device. The technology is based on end-to-end encryption between the smartcard and the server using the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) scheme. Current technologies on the market require users to carry an additional device, such as a random password generator, IBM stated.

The company said it specifically sought to create additional security measures for NFC-based devices due to their increasing usage. IBM cited a survey that stated the number of NFC devices in use will exceed 500 million in 2014.

"This statistic and the fact that 1 billion mobile phone users will use their devices for banking purposes by 2017 make for an increasingly opportune target for hackers," the company stated.

[Related: NFC Payments Expand in Canada]

Bryan Yurcan is associate editor for Bank Systems and Technology. He has worked in various editorial capacities for newspapers and magazines for the past 8 years. After beginning his career as a municipal and courts reporter for daily newspapers in upstate New York, Bryan has ... View Full Bio

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