Authentication vs. Authorization – What is the Difference?

Often times, the terms “authentication” and “authorization” are confusing for non-security persons. This presentation clarifies the difference of the two, and provides real-world examples as to how they are used. Take a few minutes out of your day to understand ideas such as the four factors of authentication, different types of authorizations, and different ways to perform each.

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