Looking at its first prediction—the continuing ‘mobilizing’ of security—the company says there is growing demand for mobile security options. As a recent example, HID Global points to its CityPoint office building deployment in London, which leveraged the NFC technology of security guards’ smartphones to scan RFID tags for access control.
Another predicted trend, the growing importance of the user experience, particularly with respect to convenience, also continues to be borne out, with biometric authentication emerging as an important solution. HID Global asserts that four of the top five financial institutions in Brazil now use biometrics in ATM authentication; and just today Visa announced new survey findings indicating that a majority of consumers in Europe prefer biometric —specifically fingerprint—authentication for payment security. These developments also offer some validation to HID Global’s third trend of more secure, connected identities.
HID Global’s final two predictions—that privacy and security policies will emerge as key issues—are also being realized. While it isn’t cited by HID Global, Apple has been exemplary in its increasing emphasis on user privacy and security, particularly in its high-profile stand against the FBI over access to a terrorist’s iPhone; and at a more pedestrian level, HID Global notes that over the course of this year “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.” That bodes well for the company, and for businesses and consumers concerned about authentication security.
July 14, 2016 – by Alex Perala