2023 has seen a number of security changes, ranging from new technology to new security initiatives. One change affecting a number of industries is the world returning to pre-pandemic travel levels, even surpassing it at certain points.

The increase in travel has led security leaders to rethink their employee travel safety measures. The current geopolitical climate means security leaders have worked to strengthen their risk management policies to keep employees safe. 

Digital travel credentials

"In 2023, travel reached levels we hadn't seen since before the pandemic, meaning that more people were moving through security lines to ensure safe, secure journeys. While we continue to see travelers rely on physical forms of identification, such as passports, in 2023, organizations began to adopt digital travel credentials (DTC),” says Jon Payne, Director of Business Development & Strategic Alliances, Identity Verification at Entrust. 

Airports around the U.S. have begun accepting mobile driver’s licenses, though they still recommend travelers bring their physical license with them to the airport. Airports have also added additional security screening to accommodate the increase in travelers. “The increased adoption of this technology will hopefully mitigate the prolonged wait times, stressful check-in process and countless documents we all associate with travel. However, only time will tell,” says Payne.

“This speaks to the larger trend we saw in 2023 of the lines between physical and digital security continuing to blur. Organizations will need to ensure their digital and physical security protocols are working together to protect user data in an increasingly digital world," says Payne.

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