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HID publishes results of 2024 State of Security Report

March 26, 2024  By  SP&T Staff

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HID recently announced its 2024 State of the Security Industry Report, based on responses from 2,600 partners, end users, and security and IT personnel worldwide, representing a range of job titles and organization sizes across more than 11 industries.

Conducted in the fall of 2023, the survey identified six themes:

Mobile identity is expected to be ubiquitous in the next five years: Within the next five years, surveyed end users state that nearly 80% of organizations will deploy mobile IDs. Industry partners are even more optimistic in their outlook, stating that 94% of their customers will have deployed mobile IDs.

Multi-Factor Authentication is widespread, despite slow but growing implementation of Zero Trust: More than 83% of end users respondents said their organization currently uses Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), mainly due to the vulnerabilities of passwords. For many, this represents the first step on the longer journey toward Zero Trust, an approach to security that calls for organizations to maintain strict access controls and to never trust, always verify anyone – internal or external – by default. Zero Trust has been implemented in 16% of organizations with over 100,000 employees and 14% in those with up to 10,000 employees, according to the survey.


Sustainability a growing driver in business decisions: Among HID’s survey respondents, sustainability continues to rank high as a business priority, with both end users and partners rating its importance at a 4 on a 1-to-5 scale. Additionally, 74% of end users indicate the importance of sustainability has grown over the past year, and 80% of partners reported the trend growing in importance among their customers.

Biometrics continues its momentum: In this year’s survey, 39% of installers and integrators said their customers are using fingerprint or palm print, and 30% said they’re using facial recognition. Eight per cent plan to test or implement some form of biometrics in the next year and 12% plan to do so in the next three to five years.

Identity management points up to the cloud: Nearly half of end users are moving to cloud-based identity management, with 24% already using it and another 24% in the process of implementing such systems. Industry partners say their customers face several hurdles here, including existing reliance on legacy/on-prem equipment (28%), lack of budget (24%), and cloud-based identities simply not being a business priority (21%).

The rise of artificial intelligence for analytics use cases: Rather than looking to AI to inform the entirety of the security system, it’s possible to leverage data analytics as a way to operationalize AI in support of immediate outcomes, according to HID. In this scenario, 35% of end users reported they will be testing or implementing some AI capability in the next three to five years, with 15% already using AI-enabled biometrics.

The full report is available from HID.

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