Authentication

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Definition

Process of determining the validity of one or more credentials used to claim a digital identity.

Notes

The related term identity-proofing is different from authentication. In identity solutions requiring identity-proofing, that function occurs prior to credential issuance. Specifically related to e-authentication

Example: Username/password or public-key cryptography are traditional forms of authentication, as is a conversation with a customer service representative over the phone in which information is exchanged to establish identity.

Current definition was finalized and approved by those in attendance at the AHG meeting of 12/12/2013.

Sources

NIST 800-63

OASIS SAML Glossary 2.0: To confirm a system entity’s asserted Principal Identity with a specified, or understood, level of confidence.

Status

MC Approved

Currently in final approval with the AHG.

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