Supply chain issues will dominate security trends this year and beyond
The focus on sustainability will drive increased focus on digital solutions and technologies that reduce the industry’s footprint
Digital IDs are tipped to outpace physical ones
Contactless biometrics is poised for faster growth
Supply chain, sustainability and workforce issues are among the key enablers, disruptive events and game changers that will reshape technologies and customer demands this year, predicts an identity and security solutions firm.
HID Global said “supply chain issues” will continue to dominate security trends, making 2022 a year when the industry must get creative.
“Semiconductor shortages, global logistics bottlenecks, and corresponding cost increases will impact everything from readers and control panels to sensors and detectors,” the company said in a new release.
In 2022, the issue of “sustainability” will grow, driving suppliers to increase focus on digital solutions, including end-to-end mobile and multi-application technologies that reduce the industry’s footprint.
“The past year has demonstrated a growing consensus that end users demand to work with suppliers that make sustainability a cornerstone of their business decisions and operations,” the company said.
Another important trend this year is the increasing use of “Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-delivered identities” as digital transformation continues to impact the security landscape.
“Digital transformation has brought with it a move to cloud deployments and service models, providing opportunities to manage access control for applications, physical assets, and data while new form factors enable seamless, trusted authentication,” said HID Global.
Also expected to reshape security and identity management is the growing use of “digital IDs” as digital wallet adoption is at an all-time high. Big technology companies are increasing new credential functionality in applications. Enterprises and governments are adding new infrastructure to support digital transactions.
“In 2022, there will be a tipping point for digital IDs to outpace physical ones, and digital servitization will play a vital role as suppliers organize around service models and service-led growth,” said the forecast.
Meanwhile, the “future of work” is pointing towards hybrid work models becoming the norm, which will prompt a zero trust approach in security management in 2022.
Leaders tasked to ensure a safe environment for those returning to the office and to manage identity and access for those working remotely are looking to the latest physical access trends and the best practices enabling them.
“Touchless solutions, data protection, and visitor management technologies are ensuring healthy and secure on-site environments while multi-factor authentication solutions take center stage for remote applications,” the article said.
In 2022, “contactless biometrics” paired with cloud-based identity management solutions is poised to fuel much faster growth.
Biometrics are already in widespread use, whether it’s to secure a mobile device, secure a driver’s license or other government ID, or track fitness. Security’s role in delivering biometric technology that enables secure authentication and protects data privacy is emerging across sectors of the economy.
Finally, “data science” will also become a more prominent buzzword this year as the combination of Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and mobile technologies steadily drives digital transformation across the security industry.
“Balancing protection against the potential of new physical and digital cybersecurity threats has moved data science into the spotlight, as discussion turns from risk mitigation and prevention to threat prediction and aversion,” said the forecast.
It predicts that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will become more tightly woven into the fabric of trusted identity solutions across the physical and digital continuum, automating and optimizing performance, accuracy, safety, and security.
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