Pieter Kasselman is a member of Microsoft's Identity Standards team where he focuses on developing standards to address the most important problems in the field of identity. Pieter has over 25 years' experience as a technologist and engineer, working on bringing new technologies and business models to market. Pieter's first encounter with identity was his final year university project which used neural networks to identify users based on typing patterns. Since then he has worked in a number of roles as a cryptographer, information security analyst, software engineer and program manager in industries that include defence, finance, software, silicon and cloud. His diverse background gives him a unique perspective of the importance of identity and the role of identity standards as both a business enabler and the first line of defence for organizations.