In Search of Network Security

Friday, 4 April 2003, 1:06 AM EST

The challenges of managing a user's network identity and multiple, disconnected identities scattered across isolated Internet sites took center stage during Wednesday morning's keynote at the InfoWorld CTO Forum in Boston.

Simon Pugh, vice president of standards and infrastructure at MasterCard and a member of the Liberty Alliance Project's management board, offered personal and professional perspectives. Pugh broke down misperceptions regarding Liberty and Microsoft Passport, the role of service providers with federated identity, and the uphill climb policy faces to satisfy network-identity demands.

Pugh said he learned the hard way how malleable an online and electronic identity is when he was forced to start a new identity from scratch after he moved to the United States from the U.K. a few years ago.

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