What is authentication?

Authentication, the process of proving an individual is who he or she claims to be, is one of the most critical components of your security infrastructure. Users need information, but you want to make sure you know who is accessing that information. Only specific persons should see your company's payroll data or product source code, for example. Although authentication is important, it does not exist in a vacuum. To be effective, authentication works together with identification and authorization. Identification, such as a username, determines whether a user is known to the system; authorization…Read more …