Tuesday's Microsoft keynote at RSA was interesting in the amount of attention that Bill Gates and Microsoft CTO Craig Mundi spent on the issue of authenticated identity. The format of the keynote was Bill and Craig talking about the future of secure computing initiatives, and a solid 80% of their discussion focused on the matter of reliably knowing the identity of a device, application, or person on a network.
Several times Bill stated his opinion that certificates are "a foundational piece" of the secure network of the future. He called identity "where the weakest link in the system has been" and went on to say, "We see certificates in general as the way these things should go."
Obviously recent intiatives like EV SSL and CardSpace are working toward this ambition. It's really cool that my job gives me the opportunity to contribute to something so transformational and positive, and I for one am looking forward to the role VeriSign can play in bringing about the secure environment in Bill's and Craig's vision.
Bill and Craig's discussion is available for listening on Microsoft's site. Go down to the bottom of the page, and you'll see it on the left.