An area of concern for the security industry, according to HID, is the supply chain. Semiconductor shortages, global logistics bottlenecks, and corresponding cost increases will impact everything from readers and control panels to sensors and detectors. HID says that 2022 is a year when the industry must get creative.
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. In 2022, the focus on sustainability will grow, driving suppliers to focus on digital solutions, including end-to-end mobile and multi-application technologies that reduce the industry’s footprint.
Digitally Delivered Identities
Digital transformation has brought a move to cloud deployments and service models, providing opportunities to manage access control for applications, physical assets, and data. At the same time, new form factors enable seamlessly trusted authentication. As digital-first mandates continue to impact the security landscape, 2022 will see SaaS-delivered identities become the norm and expectation.
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 services will play a vital role as suppliers organise around service models and service-led growth.
Security’s role in delivering biometric technology that enables secure authentication and protects data privacy is emerging across sectors of the economy. Biometrics are already in widespread use, whether to secure a mobile device, secure a driver’s license or other government ID, or track fitness. In 2022, biometrics paired with cloud-based identity management solutions is poised to fuel much faster growth.
Future of Work
Hybrid work models are the norm today, and a zero-trust approach is a top trend dominating the security industry in 2022. Leaders tasked with ensuring a safe environment for those returning to the office – and secure identity and access management 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 ensure healthy and secure on-site environments while multi-factor authentication solutions take centre stage for remote applications.
The combination of IoT, cloud and mobile technologies is steadily driving 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 the discussion turns from risk mitigation and prevention to threat prediction and aversion. In 2022, 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 optimising performance, accuracy, safety, and security.