Identifying identity security trends for 2015

In a report on technology trends for 2015 HID Global CTO Selva Selvaratnam notes that growing adoption of interoperable technologies based on open standards continues to spur innovation at an unprecedented pace.

Six key technology trends identified are:

  • Increased innovation fueled by interoperable technologies that enable partners to build new solutions (eg secure print authentication, EV charging station access) that can be accessed with the same smart card or smartphone used to open doors.
  • The adoption of new credential form factors.
  • Additional ways to open doors and other entrance systems.
  • Advances in how to manage identities.
  • Using biometrics to help change security from a barrier to a guardrail.
  • The growing popularly of interconnected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) where Wi-Fi locks, RFID enabled devices, online hotel locks, mobile keys are all connected ways of interacting or capturing data for the benefit of companies or consumers. 

According to the report, trends to watch across vertical market segments include:

Banking and financial institutions:  Physical and logical security will continue to converge into unified solutions, against the backdrop of a mobile transformation in consumer banking, and the early phases of biometric authentication at the ATM.

Hospitals and healthcare institutions:  The latest secure identity solutions will secure both the facility, narcotic prescriptions and personal health information, and will also be used outside the hospital to verify “proof of presence” for home health service delivery.  

Education:  Universities will move campus IDs onto smartphones and other mobile devices using systems that can manage multiple ID numbers for multiple uses on multiple platforms.

Government:  Worldwide demand will grow for end-to-end, highly secure government-to-citizen ID solutions, along with small-footprint, industrial-strength printers that combine flexibility and security, reduce infrastructure investments, and maximise throughput. Rigorous secure issuance requirements will drive the growing need for certified and approved printers.

Transportation:  IP-based access control will grow in importance across the transportation segment, improving security by integrating a physical access control system (PACS) other solutions on the same network.  Biometric systems will offer increased security and profits in both commercial and personal transportation applications.  

Enterprise:  Organisations will increasingly need to improve security at the door, for their data, and in the cloud, and will move to converged solutions while simultaneously accelerating the move beyond passwords to strong authentication across numerous physical and logical access control applications.

Retail:  The biggest focus will continue to be defending against threats such as those experienced by Target Corporation and other major retailers.  Other growth areas include mobile IDs, Internet of Things, integrated biometric authentication, brand protection solutions that validate the authenticity of goods, trusted “proof of presence” applications for digital out-of-home (DOOH) media campaigns, and instant issuance solutions for branded credit and loyalty cards.

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