Top secure identity trends to look out for in 2016


Based on insights from top customers in numerous markets and deployments of its latest solutions, HID Global has identified the top five trends it believes will have the biggest impact on identity and access management, citizen identification, and the Internet of Things in 2016.

The US-based ASSA ABLOY Group company’s trends point to a more mobile and connected experience, ongoing advancements in privacy protection, and broader adoption of best practices for solution deployment. 

“We’re watching several developing trends, including growing demand for a more mobile-centric and satisfying user experience that HID Global believes will be the primary driver for security technology innovation in 2016,” says Stefan Widing, Executive Vice President ASSA ABLOY and head of HID Global.

The five identified trends are:

“Mobilizing” security will make it more pervasive and personalized

A new, more secure identity lifestyle will be built around the convenience of ever-present mobile devices. Computer and network logon, driver licenses, and other applications will more seamlessly join physical security functions on phones, tablets, and laptops. 

Security will move to a much greater focus on the user experience  

This will help close the gap between planning and compliance, while ensuring that security adapts to rather than defines end-user habits and lifestyles. Old ways of authenticating will be replaced by more satisfying alternatives.

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

The industry will enter its next chapter of connected identities, employing multilayered security strategies that include biometrics to bind these identities to their legitimate owners. 

There will be more attention on privacy in an increasingly connected and mobile-first world

Identity will expand beyond people and their personal identity to the identity of objects and their authenticity, accentuating the need to protect personal information across increasingly interconnected devices, services, and applications.

Security policies and best practices will become as important as technology advances

The industry will sharpen its focus on not only what to deploy, but how – from the first mobile driver licenses in the US to unified credential management systems that enable organizations to more holistically address both facility and information security. The industry will also adopt best practices, so stolen identities are useless to thieves.

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