“The question of the role of identity in the internet is absolutely key and has risen to public consciousness for so many different reasons.”

These were the words of Kim Cameron, architect of identity at Microsoft and opening keynote speaker at ISSE Conference 2016 in Paris today.

Cameron discussed how, if you look back at the state of identity technology on the internet over the years, you would be well-advised to be concerned.

“Basically the identity infrastructure of the internet is a ‘hodge-podge’ of ad-hoc responses to the need to have relationships,” he argued, “built by people who didn’t understand the threats, didn’t analyze them properly, and didn’t understand either the security or privacy implications of what they were doing – so we saw they were operating outside of any formal governance situation and it’s just basically a mess that we have inherited.”

Continue reading the article by Michael Hill Deputy Editor , Infosecurity Magazine here.