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Wearables and privacy protection among top secure identity trends, says HID Global

Wearables, personalised mobile access, privacy protection and improving user experience are chief among the trends highlighted in an analysis of secure identity solutions issued by HID Global.

Based on customer insights from the enterprise, healthcare, banking and government markets, here are HID Global’s trends in secure identity solutions, which are mid-year updates to the trends the access control developer forecasted in January.

  1. Mobile security becoming more pervasive and personalised

HID Global predicts that computer and network logon, driving licences and other applications will more seamlessly join physical security functions on phones, tablets and laptops. Wearables will be the next step, and phones will work with RFID tags to add security to the internet of things for proof-of-presence applications.

Demand for mobile solutions continues to grow, along with an increasing focus on security issues. Multiple studies revealed fears about mobile security, countered by growing demand in for the benefits of online and mobile functionality. The definition of mobility is also expanding to encompass the broader idea of ‘on-the-go’ convenience and efficiency, where smartphones can be used as both a credential and a general-purpose reader for new use cases. In a recent deployment at the CityPoint building in London, security guards are able to use their smartphones as NFC readers; with a tap of their phone to RFID tags, guards can check keys in and out and prove presence at shift checkpoints. Mid-year update from HID Global

  1. A growing focus on user experience

Bridging the gap between planning and compliance improved customer experience will ensure that security adapts to, rather than defines, end-user habits and lifestyles. Prevalent authentication methods will be supplanted by more sophisticated, user-friendly alternatives.

Customers continue to want an easier, trustworthier way to use digital identities to access on-the-go services and applications. Studies repeatedly highlighted the importance of the user experience. The Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific study ranked it among the top two most important drivers for deploying mobile access control over the next three years. Biometrics continued to emerge as an effective solution for bringing together security and convenience together. This approach is now used at four of Brazil’s top five financial institutions to simplify an estimated two billion trusted ATM transactions annually. Mid-year update from HID Global

  1. Secure, connected identities will fuel safety and innovation in how we work, shop and play

Using multi-layered security strategies that incorporate biometrics the industry will usher in a new era of connected identities in the coming months and years.

An explosion of trusted digital identities began ushering in new innovation opportunities during the first half of the year. This trend is being fuelled by a growing interest in wearables and use of sensors for IoT-based solutions aimed at new use cases for employee productivity, asset tracking, energy management and employee safety. These developments serve as critical points of unification for trusted identities that make digital interactions more personal, contextual and valuable, and will pave the way for innovations like building occupant apps for the smart facility that enhance the user experience. During 2016, financial institutions made some of the most visible advances on the trust front, adopting a multi-layered approach to addressing potential mobile banking challenges at both the front end (consumer devices) and the back end (banking systems that recognise and facilitate legitimate user requests through mobile devices). Mid-year update from HID Global

  1. Prioritising privacy protection in an increasingly connected, mobile-first world

Identity will soon no longer relate to personal identity but the identity and authenticity of objects too.

Gartner forecasts that 5.5 million new “things” are getting connected every day in 2016, increasing the need for embedded security and privacy technology across the payments, transportation, industrial, consumer and healthcare markets. In the earlier CityPoint example, this “Security of Things” goal is achieved by adding trust to RFID tags and to their interactions with mobile devices. Biometrics also continues to play a pivotal role in privacy protection for an increasingly connected world, and solutions became available in early 2016 that include intelligent encryption-enabled and tamper-resistant fingerprint devices to more effectively address these challenges. Mid-year update from HID Global

  1. Security policies and best practices evolving with technology

The industry is moving beyond what to deploy and increasingly asking how to deploy too – from the first mobile driving licenses to unified credential management systems that holistically meet both physical and cyber security needs. As well as preventing breaches strategies will begin prioritising best practices for minimising the damaging impact of breaches when they happen -eg by rendering stolen identities useless to thieves.

Through mid-year, the world moved closer to deploying driving licenses on mobile phones, while two key policy issues emerged through mid-year: protecting privacy by using a smartphone’s Bluetooth connection so users needn’t physically relinquish their smartphones to officers and officials, and ensuring citizens can control what data is made available to others. Beyond citizen ID, general security best practices and policies remain important for virtually any organisation, and demand grew for HID Global services that help customers deploy innovative solutions to meet compliance, security and risk management needs, while enabling new, value-added capabilities. Mid-year update from HID Global

“Customers are increasingly investing in solutions that give them the flexibility to incorporate new and better capabilities that deliver a more satisfying connected experience for their users,” said HID Global President and CEO Stefan Widing. “As we move through the middle of the year, we are experiencing a dramatic increase in customer demand for mobility, a better user experience, and connected environments.

“We have also forged new partnerships with major industry players who have the same vision to create an extraordinary user experience and we look forward to unveiling more about these partnerships as deployments progress throughout the year.”

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