Digital ID World host and editor Phil Becker kicked off the conference asserting that digital identity is the common organizing principle for
integration, management and security. Without a core focus on identity management, the notion of distributed, networked computing and service-oriented architecture falls apart. "As perimeters dissolve, applications get ever more distributed, and access becomes anywhere, anytime, through any device... identity is the central thread that enables security, control, manageability and accountability in a distributed network," Becker said. "It [identity management] dynamically adjusts to the needs of each user while simultaneously following the policies of the various authorities who control and/or manage the data and applications being used, and allowing auditing of what occurs."