HID Global is turning an eye to the future with seven predictions for the security and identity industry in 2022. Generally speaking, the trends point to the increased digitization of the security sector, for a combination of practical and ideological reasons.
First and foremost, HID Global warns that supply chain issues will continue to be a problem in the coming year. There are still not enough semiconductors to meet the demand for devices like access readers and control panels, and that (coupled with more standard logistics bottlenecks) will make security hardware more expensive moving forward.
At the same time, the industry is embracing digital solutions to modern security challenges. Some of that shift is ethical, in the sense that sustainability is an increasingly important priority for businesses and consumers alike. HID Global expects that trend to become more pronounced in 2022, and that more companies will implement mobile and app-based solutions to try to reduce their carbon footprint.
HID Global’s other predictions highlight some of the technologies that will gain traction as a result of that shift. For example, the company expects Software-as-a-Service identity solutions to become more popular as businesses move more assets and management procedures to the cloud. Many of those solutions will leverage contactless biometrics for authentication, since the technology is both more hygienic and more secure than legacy alternatives like passwords. Digital technologies are also well suited to a hybrid work environment. Contactless tech makes access safer for people on-site, while multi-factor authentication improves security for remote employees in a zero-trust authentication model.
Digital IDs are similarly expected to become more prevalent as mobile developers add new wallet utilities and enterprises and governments start to offer more support for the technology. HID Global suggested that adoption rates for digital IDs could start to outstrip those of physical IDs in 2022.
Finally, organizations will try to take advantage of the data that is generated with modern devices. Most notably, businesses will analyze data to automate their risk management procedures, and to take preventive action to thwart cyberthreats before they become a more serious concern.
January 14, 2022 – by Eric Weiss