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Securing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Systems



Karen A. Scarfone


Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a form of automatic identification and data capture technology that uses electric or magnetic fields at radio frequencies to transmit information. An RFID system can be used to identify many types of objects, such as manufactured goods and animals. RFID technologies support a wide range of applications--everything from asset management and tracking to access control and automated payment. Each RFID system has different components and customizations so that it can support a particular business process for an organization; as a result, the security risks for RFID systems and the controls available to address them are highly varied. This bulletin provides an overview of RFID technologies and recommends practices for initiating, designing, implementing, and operating RFID systems in a manner that mitigates security and privacy risks.
ITL Bulletin -


privacy, radio frequency identification (RFID), security controls, wireless network security


Scarfone, K. (2007), Securing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Systems, ITL Bulletin, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 14, 2024)
Created May 17, 2007, Updated February 19, 2017