Identity management has become an important topic given more physical and cyber threats faced by organizations nowadays, and more advanced technologies have been rolled out to facilitate users. In this regard, HID Global named mobile credentials, cloud and IoT as some of the top trends in the identity technology industry to watch for this year.
Ranking on top is increased adoption of mobile devices as a credential to access an organization’s physical and logical assets. “2017 will see further consumerization of security, with heightened demand from users seeking to open doors, and login to cloud-based resources, as well as have personalized on-demand printing of documents, and to deploy printed credentials remotely or conduct other transactions and daily activities using trusted IDs on their phone, wearable or smart card,” HID Global said in a news release. “The industry will look towards complete identity relationship management that considers the need to grant access based on the context or circumstances for risk-appropriate authentication across trusted identities assigned to people, devices, data and things in smart offices, buildings and other environments that are becoming more connected every day.”
Another trend is greater emphasis on the cloud through “hybrid” solutions that combine on-premises and the cloud to create common management platforms for digital IDs. “Organizations are recognizing the interdependencies of technologies and platforms needed for business agility, cost management and providing a better user experience within a mobile workforce, or for digital commerce and relationship management that continues to require more reach, flexibility, security,” HID Global said. “This model will make it easier for administrators to deploy and maintain an integrated system throughout the complete identity lifecycle -- from onboarding to off-boarding.”
Also, with IoT gaining momentum in different part of the everyday life, more and more users will use IoT to manage identities inside the building. “Organizations will look towards streamlining processes and operations using real-time location systems, presence- and proximity-based location functionality, condition monitoring solutions, beacons and cloud-based models for emerging IoT applications using Bluetooth Low Energy,” HID Global said. “These applications will include a growing number of energy efficient, productivity and safety-oriented use cases that will need to know the identity of occupants in a physical space to manage environmental conditions, book meeting rooms and auto-configure audio visual equipment and alarms. Bluetooth Low Energy-based solutions will also advance existing secure proof of presence capabilities to include the predictive analytics and functionality based on location-based technologies.”
Finally, HID Global cited that trusted identities will become an embedded feature of more use cases rather than simply an add-on capability. “This trend of ‘security by design’ will lead to many more convenient approaches to using digital identities across a growing variety of activities, services and industries,” it said.
While the above technologies can apply to different verticals, HID Global cited banking, government and healthcare as industries that will particularly stand to benefit from these technologies.