“Two guys walk into a bar …” is usually the start of a joke but in this instance it’s also how Evgeny Chereshnev ended up with an NFC chip in his hand. “We tried to identify the key problems that modern society has, and one of those is privacy, says Chereshnev, the global head of social media for IT security company Kaspersky Lab.
The discussion ended up talking about access top information and that’s when Chereshnev decided to perform an experiment with this 13.56 MHz contactless NFC chip. “It can be researched in different scenarios as an access tool, as a storage tool,” he explains. “There are many aspects – biological aspect like is it comfortable to have one, what would be your personal thoughts on that when there is something under your skin you cannot get rid of.”
Kaspersky Lab uses contactless smart card technology for physical access and Chereshnev traded in his badge for the NFC chip in his hand. “At the entrance of the office, my personal office is opened with the biochip lock and our security has connected the feed from my locks to the general system,” he explains. “For the IT security of the company, it doesn’t matter whatever a person is authenticating using their badge or a chip, for them it’s the same data.
Eventually Chereshnev wants to be able to use the chip anywhere that NFC or contactless is accepted. “We have a cantina downstairs. We wanted to have a deal with them to put some kind of NFC reader. So basically I’m going to be buying stuff, and at the end of the month or something they’re going to just bill my credit card with the total amount, he adds. “My dream is to actually go deeper and we start using traditional PayPass technology with the chip.”