CompTIA Security Plus Mock Test Q890

Which of the following is the difference between identification and authentication of a user?

A. Identification tells who the user is and authentication tells whether the user is allowed to logon to a system.
B. Identification tells who the user is and authentication proves it.
C. Identification proves who the user is and authentication is used to keep the users data secure.
D. Identification proves who the user is and authentication tells the user what they are allowed to do.


Correct Answer: B
Section: Access Control and Identity Management

Explanation:
Identification is described as the claiming of an identity, and authentication is described as the act of verifying or proving the claimed identity.

Incorrect Answers:
A, D: Permissions enforce whether a user can logon to a system, and what a user is allowed to do.
C: Confidentiality keeps the user’s data secure.

References:
Stewart, James Michael, CompTIA Security+ Review Guide, Sybex, Indianapolis, 2014, p. 276