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The Invisible Threat: Safeguarding Against ID Fraud in the AI Revolution.

With AI tools more accessible than ever, it’s become increasingly important to prove you are who you say you are. Our CEO, Shelley Langan-Newton delves into our predication of end user authentication.  

SQR Blog – Shelley Langan-Newton, CEO 

In the vast timeline of human history, the concept of proving one’s identity has been a constant thread weaving through the fabric of society. From the earliest hunter-gatherer tribes marking themselves with tattoos to distinguish friend from foe, to the meticulously crafted documents we carry today, identity verification has been paramount.

If we wind back time, ancient civilisations made markings on clay tablets or stones, which served as rudimentary forms of identification. Then on to the era of empires and kingdoms, where seals and signatures authenticated one’s identity on scrolls and parchments. Then came the revolutionary invention of paper and the subsequent rise of passports, birth certificates and driver’s licenses – tangible artefacts that became the gold standard for proving who we are.

These documents, backed by governmental institutions and regulatory bodies, have provided a sense of trust and security. They are the keys to unlocking opportunities, crossing borders and accessing vital services. But, as technology has advanced and our lives have become more interconnected, we also need to be verified as we “travel” online. It’s an increasingly complex world. 

In today’s digital age, where transactions are conducted at the speed of light and physical boundaries are blurred by the internet, relying solely on paper-based credentials is no longer sufficient. The rise of identity theft, data breaches, and sophisticated cyber threats have exposed the vulnerabilities of our current systems. 

Enter the era of digital identity – a paradigm shift towards a more secure, convenient, and versatile way of proving who we are. With the proliferation of smartphones, biometric authentication, and machine learning, individuals now have the tools to assert their identity with unprecedented accuracy and efficiency.

But beyond the convenience factor, there’s a deeper shift happening – a shift from a legal and regulatory requirement to an individual mandate. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is fast becoming cheap and easy for fraudsters to master with little technical skill – increasing the risk that a service user or consumer can be impersonated in more sophisticated ways. It’s with increasing concern for companies that reliance on the human eye, or ear, for fakery and forgery is simply not enough these days. 

At SQR, we believe as consumers become more aware of the importance of protecting their personal data from impersonation threats, as well as understanding their digital footprint, they will start demanding solutions that put them in the driver’s seat.

This evolution is not just driven by market forces; it’s a fundamental reimagining of the relationship between individuals and the institutions that serve them. Individuals will increasingly expect companies to provide them with secure, yet simple ways to authenticate their identity – whether it’s for accessing financial services or health records, making transactions or even logging into social media accounts.

Our mission at SQR is to make the world a safer place to be, do and transact, for everyone. We always look for ways to empower individuals to take control of their identities, with inclusive access and user consent at the cornerstone of our service, while ensuring compliance to regulatory standards for organisations. 

The journey of identity verification has never been more important and the destination is clear – a world where proving who you are is not just a legal requirement but a personal imperative. And as technology continues to evolve, so too do our methods of authentication, paving the way for a safer, more secure digital future.

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