Science Media Partners Ltd and the International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA) welcome you to the visionary international conference and exhibition – connect:ID 2015 – that focuses on all aspects of personal identity and the opportunities for its management in both the physical and digital worlds.
From governments to banks, this sell-out annual event will examine innovations in identification technology and biometrics, the different paradigms of strong authentication and their integration into transactional systems of commerce and public service delivery. It will discuss the future of the identity credential, the impact of mobility and the threats and opportunities posed by cyber security issues and big data.
As outlined below our pillar themes in 2015 are Mobility, Cyber Security, and the Role of Identity in the 21st Century:
Identity in the 21st century
The role of identity in a structured society continues to broaden and deepen. Many aspects of daily life now require formal identification. As this trend continues, it will inevitably reach a point where, without formal identity, it will become difficult for individuals to travel, cross borders, establish bank accounts, own property, demand public services, exercise their civil rights or transact with other individuals or organizations, just to name a few daily activities. Within this new reality there will be a fundamental evolution in society's notions of identity and in how identification management should work in a modern world.
This subject is one of the pillar themes of this year's conference and will drive a series of presentations aimed at exploring how identification management will evolve in response to the increased importance of identity and the emergence of game changing enabling innovation. The presentations will examine the impact on every phase of the identity life cycle, from enrolment to credentialing, to use or assertion of identity in traditional, digital and mobile mediums. In addition, they will examine the changes in legal and regulatory frameworks that are required to ensure that formal identity systems are inclusive, non discriminatory and respect the legal and human rights of individuals, including their privacy and their right to identity.
More specifically the tracks are expected to examine innovations in identification technology and biometrics, the different paradigms of strong authentication and their integration into transactional systems of commerce and public service delivery, the evolution of civil and population registries, the future of the identity credential, the worldwide legal experience and the identified gaps that remain to be addressed, and the changes in societal notions of identity expected as these forces converge. The aim is to describe the ideal identity ecosystem of the 21st century and highlight the potential opportunities for the various stakeholders as we look for operational models to leverage identity responsibly and for the common good.
Identity in a world of hyper-mobility
Mobility is a phenomenon touching almost every area of the burgeoning identification market. The mix of mobility and identification introduces a range of challenging issues, but it
can also bring many opportunities in a wide array of application environments, ranging from instant, secure financial transactions to remote voter registration, mobile benefits disbursement, and more…
The interplay between mobility and identity is one of the pillar themes at this year's conference and will drive a series of presentations exploring the paradigm shift that is now taking place and creating market dynamics that are yet to be fully understood or examined.
It goes without saying that the most disruptive technology in the identity market has been the smart mobile device, which in just over a decade, has changed the way that businesses, governments and citizens interact – and increasingly, how they will transact in the future. The impact of the introduction of services such as Apple Pay, biometrically-enabled contactless bank cards, and wearable payment devices will be major topics within the conference.
Meanwhile, the concept of mobility extends beyond the introduction of smart devices. According to the latest findings, one in three workers today is mobile, while air traffic passenger volumes are projected to more than double by 2034. It is no exaggeration to say that we will soon exist in a world where the hyper-mobility of citizens and workforces is the norm. connect:ID aims to understand how the identification industry is stepping up to meet these mass mobility challenges - and how it is dealing with other important issues that subsequently arise, such as privacy, usability, accuracy and liability.
The cyber security crisis
Personal data has been described as the new “money” of the 21st century, and as the world becomes ever more connected, so the value of this new currency becomes increasingly valuable. The introduction of biometrics, secure tokens or credentials, and other password-replacement technologies, are increasingly being employed
as guardians to this sensitive data, whether it is held within a bank, healthcare or government facility.
Some people think that the greatest threat to security and privacy comes from the "stealing or spoofing" of these technologies – a perception driven partly by shows such as "24" and "The Minority Report". However, the largest known threats to disclosure of data, that affect us all, are: cyber intrusions, insider misbehavior, and user mistakes, all of which are widely reported and have resulted in massive and damaging exposures of personal and other sensitive data.
The subject of cybersecurity is one of the pillar themes of this year's conference and will drive a series of presentations aimed at examining the kind of threats that face citizens and governments in the 21st century, and critically, how these threats might be lessened. More specifically the tracks will focus on the cyber threat landscape today (hacktivists, criminals, terrorists, state-sponsored antagonists, industrial espionage…). They will consider what entails ‘good’ cyber hygiene and also assess how to implement insider threat detection techniques, perhaps through continuous authentication and behavior detection.
As the trends toward the “Internet of Things”, wearable technology, and mobile authentication take off, the conference will also assess the possible threats to identity technology itself through an attack on a device’s firmware and/or software. The aim is that by the end of the session attendees will understand how next-generation identity tools can enhance security, and how poor cyber security is the greatest threat to personal data security and national economic interests today.
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