In an increasingly global market, people everywhere are moving freely across borders and around the globe at a rapid rate. In 2012, the number of people traveling internationally for business and pleasure broke the one billion mark. Another all-time high was set in 2013, and we’re on pace to break that record again.
In the past decade, technology advancements have transformed consumer expectations. Our new “instant society” empowers consumers with extreme convenience and anytime, anywhere access. People expect no less as they migrate, visit emerging countries and travel for business or personal pleasure. These heightened expectations extend to all of their increasing interactions with their governments — from crossing borders, to voting, to accessing public services.
Striving to meet these expectations, government agencies face new levels of complexity and because of this; the need for secure identities is at an all-time high. In addition, managing the movement of a billion people across the world’s borders has exponentially increased the need for new security features.
New strategies for addressing these challenges are centered on three types of identity documents:
When thinking about securing these types of identity documents, it’s important to avoid the tendency to focus on just the security of the end-user credential and/or document. Governments can take steps today that will help mitigate the risk of fraud and false identification. These include:
These emerging trends are all promising new ways of providing citizens with secure credentials that enable efficient and convenient travel. But, let’s not forget the key element of looking at the entire ecosystem. When governments start looking at the entire program — from enrollment and issuance to management and validation, it tends to become more difficult to ensure all pieces work together to create a secure environment.
Ensuring end-to-end security means building a trust infrastructure that combines physical, electronic and digital security features to support the entire identity lifecycle — from citizen enrollment and credential issuance, to managing physical as well as digital credentials like PKI and digital certificates, to authenticating identities and validating access and interactions — all while intelligently identifying suspicious and fraudulent activity.
By leveraging the end-to-end security of a trust infrastructure, today’s governments can effectively combat the growing threats to identity documentation. But more importantly, they can answer the heightened expectations of their citizens — offering greater convenience and easier travel — while enhancing efficiency and minimizing costs. To read more on travel and border control technologies, click here.