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Definition of Authentication

Babylon English

confirmation, verification; showing to be true
Authentication Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
hEnglish - advanced version

authentication
n
1. a mark on an article of trade to indicate its origin and authenticity [syn: hallmark, assay-mark]


2. validating the authenticity of something or someone [syn: certification]




  similar words(3) 



 keyed-hashing message authentication 
 challenge-handshake authentication protocol 
 simple authentication and security layer 
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a mark on an article of trade to indicate its origin and authenticity
(synonym) hallmark, assay-mark
(hypernym) marker, marking, mark
(derivation) authenticate
2. validating the authenticity of something or someone
(synonym) certification
(hypernym) validation, proof, substantiation
(derivation) authenticate
Authentication Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Campbell R. Harvey's Hypertextual Finance Glossary
In the context of bonds, refers to the validation of a bond certificate.
Copyright © 2000, Campbell R. Harvey. All Rights Reserved.
Authentication Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
1. A security measure designed to protect a communications system against acceptance of a fraudulent transmission or simulation by establishing the validity of a transmission, message, or originator. 2. A means of identifying individuals and verifying their eligibility to receive specific categories of information. 3. Evidence by proper signature or seal that a document is genuine and official. 4. In personnel recovery missions, the process whereby the identity of an isolated person is confirmed. See also evader; evasion; recovery operations; security. (JP 3-50)
  
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Doctrine Division. ( About )
Authentication Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
ETSI and 3GPP
A property by which the correct identity of an entity or party is established with a required assurance. The party being authenticated could be a user, subscriber, home environment or serving network.
Telecommunication Standard Terms
[Any] Security measure designed to establish the validity of a transmission, message, or originator, or a means of verifying an individual's eligibility to receive specific categories of information. [NIS]
Authentication Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
Vb Glossary 1.0
authentication

The level of data integrity guaranteed for communication between two computers across the network.
JAVA (2EE-ENglos) ACRONIMS
The process by which an entity proves to another entity that it is acting on behalf of a specific identity. The J2EE platform requires three types of authentication: basic , form-based , and mutual , and supports digest authentication.
Noman's Java(TM) Glossary
The process by which an entity proves to another entity that it is acting on behalf of a specific identity. The J2EE platform requires three types of authentication: basic, form-based, and mutual.
Smart Card Terms
The process whereby a card, terminal or person proves who they are. A fundamental part of many cryptography systems.

External Authentication.
The procedure used to authenticate the external world (e.g., terminal) to the card.

Internal Authentication.
The procedure used to prove that the card is genuine by means of an algorithm, a random value and a secret key.
The authentication process can be further distinguished between passive authentication in which the same values are used each time (e.g., PIN) and active authentication in which an algorithm and variable values are used.
Internetworking Terms
The verification of the identity of a person or process. [Source: MALAMUD]
INTERNET TERMS&ACRONYMSV1.0
A security feature that grants access to information on an individual basis.
The Internet Dictionary
The process of identifying users before they are allowed access to computer systems or networks, typically by user-ids and passwords.
DW and OLAP terms
The process of validating that the user attempting to connect to SQL Server is authorized to do so.
Authentication Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Authentication (from ; real or genuine, from αὐθέντης authentes; author) is the act of confirming the truth of an attribute of a datum or entity. This might involve confirming the identity of a person or software program, tracing the origins of an artifact, or ensuring that a product is what its packaging and labeling claims to be. Authentication often involves verifying the validity of at least one form of identification.

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Authentication Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
An attestation made by a proper officer, by which he certifies that a record is in due form of law, and that the person who certifies it is the officer appointed by law to do so.

The U.S.Constitution, Art. IV s. I, declares, 'Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records and judicial proceedings of every other state. And congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts,, records and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.' The object of the authentication is to supply all other proof of the record. The laws of the United States have provided a mode of authentication of public records and office papers; these acts are here transcribed.

By the Act of May 26, 1790, it is provided, 'That the act of the legislatures of the several states shall be authenticated by havig the seal of their respective states affixed thereto: That the records and judicial proceedings of the courts of any state shall be proved or admitted, in any other court within the United States, by the attestation of the clerk, and the seal of the court annexed, if there be a seal, together with a certificate of the judge, chief justice or presiding magistrate, as the case may be, that the said attestation is in due form. And the said records and judicial proceedings, authenticated as aforesaid, shall have such faith and credit given to them, in every court within the United States, as they have, by law or usage, in the courts of the state from whence the said records are, or shall be taken.'

The above act having provided only for one species of record, it was necessary to pass the Act of March 27, 1804, to provide for other cases. By this act it is enacted, 'That, from and after the passage of this act, all records and exemplifications of office books, which are or may be kept in any public office of any state, not appertaining to a court, shall be proved or admitted in any other court or office in any other state, by the attestation of the keeper of the said records or books, and the seal of his office thereto annexed, if there be a seal, together with a certificate of the presiding justice of the court of the county or district, as the case may be, in which such office is or may be kept or of the governor, the secretary of state, the chancellor or the keeper of the great seal of the state, that the said attestation is in due form, and by the proper officer and the said certificate, if given by the presiding justice of a court, shall be further authenticated by the clerk or prothonotary of the said court, who shall certify, under his hand and the seal of his office, that the said presiding justice is duly commissioned and qualified; or if the said certificate be given by the; governor, the secretary of state, the chancellor or keeper of the great seal, it shall be under the great seal of the state in which the said certificate is made. And the said records and exemplifications, authenticated as aforesaid, shall have such faith and credit given to them in every court and office within the United States, as they have by law or usage in the courts or offices of the state from whence the same are or shall be taken.'

- That all the provisions of this act, and the act to which this is, a supplement, shall apply, as well to the public acts, records, office books, judicial proceedings, courts, and offices of the respective territories of the United States, and countries subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, as to the public acts, records, office books, judicial proceedings, courts and offices of the several states.'

The Act of May 8, 1792, s. 12, provides: That all the records and proceedings of the court of appeals, heretofore appointed, previous to the adoption of the present constitution, shall be deposited in the office of the clerk of the supreme court of the United States, who is hereby authorized and directed to give copies of all such records and proceedings, to any person requiring and paying for the same, in like manner as copies of the records and other proceedings of the said court are by law directed to be given; which copies shall have like faith and credit as all other proceedings of the said court.'

By authentication is also understood whatever act is done either by the party or some other person with a view of causing an instrument to be known and identified as for example, the acknowledgment of a deed by the grantor; the attesting a deed by witnesses.
   

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Authentication Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
maritime&shipping&trade
Proof by means of a signature or otherwise that a certain document or certain data is of undisputed origin and genuine.